Erick Aybar

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Erick Aybar
Erick Aybar takes live batting practice (24911210339).jpg
Aybar taking batting practice with the Atlanta Braves
Free agent
Shortstop
Born: (1984-01-14) January 14, 1984 (age 34)
Baní, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 2006, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average .271
Hits 1,402
Home runs 58
Runs batted in 473
Stolen bases 155
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Erick Johan Aybar (born January 14, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers, and San Diego Padres.

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

Aybar was signed by the then Anaheim Angels as an amateur free agent in 2002 and made his Major League debut on May 16, 2006 a pinch runner against the Toronto Blue Jays. He recorded his first Major League hit, in his first start, on May 20, 2006 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, a single to right field in the fourth inning off of Brett Tomko.[1]

Aybar with the Angels in 2011

Aybar hit his first career major league home run on September 25, 2007, in a game against the Texas Rangers.

On September 5, 2009, Aybar tied a franchise record for most triples in a game with two against the Kansas City Royals. On September 8, 2009, Aybar had his first career walk-off hit, against the Seattle Mariners.

In 2009, Aybar hit .312 (eighth in the AL) and posted the fourth-best OPS (.776) of all AL shortstops.

On November 1, 2011, Aybar was awarded his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award.[2]

On July 10, 2014, Aybar was named an All Star for the first time in his career, replacing injured Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon. Aybar was hitting .283 with six home runs and 45 RBIs through 89 games at the time of his selection.[3]

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Aybar with the Atlanta Braves in 2016

On November 12, 2015, the Angels traded Aybar, Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellis and cash to the Atlanta Braves for Andrelton Simmons and Jose Briceno.[4]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

On August 16, 2016, the Braves traded Aybar to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for Mike Avilés and Kade Scivique. At the time of the trade, Aybar was batting an average of .242 with two home runs and twenty-six RBI.[5]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Aybar signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres for the 2017 season, receiving a non-roster invitation to spring training.[6]

Minnesota Twins[edit]

On February 24, 2018, Aybar signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.[7] He opted out of his contract and became a free agent on March 23.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Aybar is the youngest brother (by 10 months) of former Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder Willy Aybar.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brothers Have a Bright Day Under the Sun - latimes". Articles.latimes.com. 2006-05-21. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Lyle. "Erick Aybar takes home first Gold Glove Award | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Lyle (2016-01-20). "Erick Aybar replaces Alex Gordon on AL All-Star team | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Braves deal Andrelton Simmons to Angels for Erick Aybar in SS swap". ESPN.com. November 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fenech, Anthony (August 16, 2016). "Tigers trade Aviles, Scivicque for IF Aybar". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.mlive.com/tigers/index.ssf/2017/02/erick_aybar_padres.html
  7. ^ https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/02/twins-to-sign-erick-aybar.html
  8. ^ "Erick Aybar: Leaves Twins". cbssports.com. March 23, 2018. Retrieved March 23, 2018. 
  9. ^ Karen Crouse (2008-10-23). "The Redemption of Willy Aybar". The New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-04. 

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