Joey Rickard

Joey Rickard

32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Giants in January of 2020. Released by the Giants in November of 2020.
Parts ways with San Francisco
OFFree Agent  
Elbow
November 2, 2020
The Giants declared Rickard (elbow) a free agent Sunday, Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America reports.
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San Francisco initially outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento after he cleared waivers over the weekend, but the 29-year-old has apparently decided to test his luck on the open market rather than returning to the organization. The outfielder appeared in four contests for the Giants during the 60-game 2020 campaign before being ruled out for the season Aug. 31 with left elbow inflammation.
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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.
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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Reinstated and outrighted
OFSan Francisco Giants  
Elbow
November 1, 2020
Rickard (elbow) was reinstated from the 45-day injured list and outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Out for season
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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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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