Joey Rickard
Joey Rickard
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Baltimore Orioles
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.
Remains on bench
OFBaltimore Orioles
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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Rickard started 11 games in a row but now seems to have fallen out of favor, at least temporarily. Stevie Wilkerson will start again in center field.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
4
3
1
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
2
6
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3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+1%
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 .714 270 24 6 16 3 .256 .316 .398
Since 2017vs Right .621 363 42 8 32 12 .221 .268 .353
2019vs Left .652 54 4 1 3 1 .182 .333 .318
2019vs Right .646 72 6 1 3 2 .221 .264 .382
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
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .713 299 38 10 32 5 .247 .302 .411
Since 2017Away .614 334 28 4 16 10 .225 .276 .338
2019Home .715 55 7 1 2 1 .245 .327 .388
2019Away .601 71 3 1 4 2 .175 .268 .333
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.
BB/K
0.38
 
BB Rate
9.5%
 
K Rate
25.4%
 
BABIP
.269
 
ISO
.152
 
AVG
.205
 
OBP
.294
 
SLG
.357
 
OPS
.651
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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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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Out of lineup
OFBaltimore Orioles
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
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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Heads to bench
OFBaltimore Orioles
April 20, 2019
Rickard isn't in the lineup Saturday for the first game of the Orioles' doubleheader with the Twins, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Collects two extra-base knocks
OFBaltimore Orioles
April 18, 2019
Rickard went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, two RBI, a run scored, a stolen base and a walk in Thursday's win over Tampa Bay.
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Checks out of lineup
OFBaltimore Orioles
April 15, 2019
Rickard is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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