Erick Aybar

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Erick Aybar
Erick Aybar takes live batting practice (24911210339).jpg
Aybar taking batting practice with the Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers – No. 15
Shortstop
Born: (1984-01-14) January 14, 1984 (age 32)
Baní, Dominican Republic
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 16, 2006, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through August 23, 2016)
Batting average .274
Hits 1,311
Home runs 51
Runs batted in 445
Stolen bases 144
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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

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, 2, 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]

Personal[edit]

Aybar is the youngest brother (by 10 months) of former Tampa Bay Rays infielder/outfielder Willy Aybar.[6]

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