Joey Rickard
Joey Rickard
29-Year-Old OutfielderOF
San Francisco Giants
60-Day IL
Injury Elbow
Est. Return 2/1/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rickard's modest .244/.300/.413 line back in 2018 may wind up being his career year. The Orioles gave up on him after 42 games last season, sending him to the minors with a .203/.304/.347 slash line. He made his way to the Giants' organization after getting designated for assignment in mid-June and wound up spending most of the final two months in the big leagues, hitting .280/.333/.380 in limited action for his new club. Altogether, his final season line sat at .226/.312/.357 with three homers and four steals in 189 plate appearances. That might be good enough to be a bench outfielder on a non-contender given that Rickard can passably handle center field. It's unlikely that he'll be much more than that in his age-29 season, as he's reaching the age where there's little incentive for rebuilding teams to give him a significant role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Giants in January of 2020.
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OFSan Francisco Giants
Elbow
August 31, 2020
Rickard was placed on the 45-day injured list with left elbow inflammation Monday.
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Rickard's contract was selected by the Giants on Wednesday, but his season will come to an end as a result of an elbow injury. The 29-year-old appeared in four games this season and went hitless with one walk and one run over five at-bats. It's unclear whether he'll be healthy by spring training in 2021.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#4
#5
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#7
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#9
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .757 186 15 6 16 1 .255 .339 .418
Since 2018vs Right .634 239 27 5 17 7 .217 .276 .357
2020vs Left .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2020vs Right .000 2 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Left .743 96 6 2 7 1 .256 .365 .378
2019vs Right .595 93 8 1 3 3 .198 .258 .337
2018vs Left .789 86 9 4 9 0 .263 .314 .475
2018vs Right .668 144 18 4 14 4 .233 .292 .376
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .752 215 27 8 22 2 .250 .330 .422
Since 2018Away .622 210 15 3 11 6 .216 .276 .345
2020Home .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2020Away .000 2 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019Home .731 98 9 2 4 1 .256 .347 .384
2019Away .604 91 5 1 6 3 .195 .275 .329
2018Home .785 113 18 6 18 1 .252 .319 .466
2018Away .646 117 9 2 5 3 .236 .282 .364
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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 2019 data (min 400 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
1.00
 
BB Rate
16.7%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.167
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.167
 
wOBA
.115
 
Exit Velocity
75.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
50.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Contract selected by Giants
OFSan Francisco Giants
August 26, 2020
Rickard's contract was selected by the Giants on Wednesday.
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Gets summer camp invite
OFSan Francisco Giants
June 29, 2020
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Back with San Francisco
OFSan Francisco Giants
January 6, 2020
Rickard signed a contract with the Giants on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training, Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Cut loose by San Francisco
OFFree Agent
December 2, 2019
Rickard was non-tendered by the Giants on Monday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports.
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Starts, but pulled early
OFSan Francisco Giants
September 27, 2019
Rickard started in left field and went 0-for-1 before being removed in an 8-3 win over the Rockies on Thursday.
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