Aybar taking batting practice with the Atlanta Braves
|San Diego Padres – No. 8|
January 14, 1984 |
Baní, Dominican Republic
|May 16, 2006, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim|
(through 2016 season)
|Runs batted in||451|
|Career highlights and awards|
Erick Johan Aybar (born January 14, 1984) is a Dominican professional baseball shortstop for the San Diego Padres organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
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.
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 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.
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.
San Diego Padres
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