The Bay State native was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 8th round of the 2006 MLB draft, and spent six years in the Mariners farm system before coming to Brockton. Most recently, Richard spent the beginning of the 2011 season with the Double-A Jackson Generals of the Southern League, where he went 0-1 with a 3.68 ERA in seven and 1/3 innings. Mostly used out of the bullpen throughout his career, although he did make 16 starts in 2007 with the Single-A Wisconsin TimberRattlers, and finished 7-4 with a 3.21 ERA in 95 and 1/3 innings. Richard's best season as a reliever came in 2009 with the High Desert Mavericks in Advanced-A where he went 8-1 with 13 saves in 59 innings. In 2010, Richard split time between the Mavericks and Double-A West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx.