Joey Rickard
Joey Rickard
28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Rickard spent time as a starter, bench player and minor leaguer in 2018, finishing the year with a .244/.300/.413 line, eight homers and four steals in 230 plate appearances. That's a performance which probably merits a big-league roster spot but which certainly doesn't excite. Rickard has a low ceiling and will turn 28 years old in May, so it would hardly be surprising to see the rebuilding Orioles elect to give at-bats to younger, more promising outfielders, even if Rickard's basic competence makes him currently one of his team's better options. A friendly home park helps prop up his numbers and makes him a palatable deep-league option when given a run of starts, but don't expect noteworthy contributions in any category. In 789 career plate appearances, the 2015 Rule 5 draft pick has hit .252/.389/.376 with 17 homers and 16 steals. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2019. Waived by the Orioles in June of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Giants in June of 2019.
Claimed by Giants
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
June 21, 2019
Rickard was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday and optioned to Triple-A Sacramento, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
ANALYSIS
Rickard has been an adequate fifth outfielder but little more than that over parts of four seasons in Baltimore, hitting .245/.299/.372 in 317 games. The 28-year-old will wait in the minors for his next shot at the big leagues and shouldn't be counted on to produce much of note if and when he does arrive, with the difference in home park between Baltimore and San Francisco likely to take a further bite out of his already unimpressive numbers.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .716 276 24 6 16 3 .256 .320 .396
Since 2017vs Right .619 366 42 8 32 12 .219 .268 .351
2019vs Left .663 60 4 1 3 1 .188 .350 .313
2019vs Right .638 75 6 1 3 2 .214 .267 .371
2018vs Left .789 86 9 4 9 0 .263 .314 .475
2018vs Right .668 144 18 4 14 4 .233 .292 .376
2017vs Left .687 130 11 1 4 2 .279 .310 .377
2017vs Right .563 147 18 3 15 6 .209 .247 .317
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .714 307 38 10 32 5 .246 .307 .407
Since 2017Away .612 335 28 4 16 10 .224 .275 .337
2019Home .720 63 7 1 2 1 .241 .349 .370
2019Away .592 72 3 1 4 2 .172 .264 .328
2018Home .785 113 18 6 18 1 .252 .319 .466
2018Away .646 117 9 2 5 3 .236 .282 .364
2017Home .651 131 13 3 12 3 .244 .277 .374
2017Away .595 146 16 1 7 5 .239 .276 .319
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Stat Review
How does Joey Rickard compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
10.4%
 
K Rate
24.4%
 
BABIP
.265
 
ISO
.144
 
AVG
.203
 
OBP
.304
 
SLG
.347
 
OPS
.651
 
wOBA
.291
 
Exit Velocity
83.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.2%
 
Barrels/PA
0.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
This is a fourth-outfielder profile all the way. Rickard took a step back from his 2016 campaign, with his walk rate falling to just 3.2 percent (half of his 2016 mark) while his strikeout rate ticked up to 22.7 percent. Meanwhile, his power fell back slightly from an already-low level. Rickard hit lefties better, but even against southpaws, he was a below-average hitter (81 wRC+, .309 wOBA). The 26-year-old does have a splash of speed -- he was caught just once on the base paths last year -- but it hardly matters as the Orioles run less than any team in the majors. Baltimore attempted just 45 stolen bases as a club last year and a big uptick is unlikely with Buck Showalter still at the helm. With Seth Smith out of the picture, Rickard could step into a more prominent role to begin 2018, but if that were to happen, he would just be keeping the seat warm for Austin Hays.
Based on his performance as a rookie last season, Rickard makes sense on the small side of a platoon -- he hit .313/.367/.494 against southpaws in 2016 (by comparison, he hit just .247/.296/.322 against righties). Much like Hyun Soo Kim, Rickard offered very little in terms of homers (five) or steals (four) last season, but the duo might generate a steady number of runs scored if manager Buck Showalter uses the duo in a table-setting role. Unless he begins to show an aptitude for stealing bases against big league batteries, Rickard is most likely limited to AL-only formats that require the use of five outfielders. It should be noted, however, that he went 23-for-29 across three minor league levels on the basepaths in 2015, so a surge in thefts isn't out of the question if injuries in the O's outfield clear a path to a larger supply of playing time than expected.
A Rule 5 pick in December, Rickard parlayed a strong showing in Grapefruit League play into an opportunity to start in left field for the Orioles on Opening Day. With the struggles of Hyun-soo Kim this spring, Rickard may have a chance to secure the job all season, and his ability to draw walks in the minors suggests that he has the baseline skills necessary to emerge as a leadoff option if he can sustain that eye against big league pitching. Splitting time at three levels in 2015, Rickard swiped 23 bases in 27 attempts in the Rays' organization over 117 games (with a combined .321/.427/.447 line), but as a ninth-round pick out of Arizona in 2012, he fell short of earning a 40-man roster spot during the offseason.
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Designated for assignment
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
June 17, 2019
Rickard was designated for assignment by the Orioles on Monday.
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Optioned to Triple-A
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
May 23, 2019
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Remains on bench
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
May 4, 2019
Rickard will sit for the second straight game Saturday against the Rays, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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Out of lineup
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
May 3, 2019
Rickard is not in the lineup Friday against the Rays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Hits second home run
OFBaltimore Orioles  AAA
April 23, 2019
Rickard went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run home run in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the White Sox.
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