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Birth Date1-14-1984
Height5' 10"
Weight195 lbs
Age35 years, 4 months, 9 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.22015
0.32016
0.92017
2018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2006 ANA 22 34 40 10 1 1 0 0 8 0 1 0 .250 .250 .325 57 -2.1 0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2007 ANA 23 79 211 46 5 1 1 10 32 2 4 4 .237 .279 .289 53 -11.7 -0.1 3.8 -0.2
2008 ANA 24 98 375 96 18 5 3 14 45 5 7 2 .277 .314 .384 75 -10.8 2.4 7.1 1.5
2009 ANA 25 137 556 157 23 9 5 30 54 5 14 7 .312 .353 .423 97 -0.4 1.3 -2.6 2.2
2010 ANA 26 138 589 135 18 4 5 35 81 7 22 8 .253 .306 .330 77 -15.1 5.7 -2.9 1.2
2011 ANA 27 143 605 155 33 8 10 31 68 6 30 6 .279 .322 .421 100 0.7 4.4 2.0 3.3
2012 ANA 28 141 554 150 31 5 8 22 61 5 20 4 .290 .324 .416 96 -2.4 1.4 -6.6 1.5
2013 ANA 29 138 589 149 33 5 6 23 59 3 12 7 .271 .301 .382 85 -8.9 4.0 -11.0 0.7
2014 ANA 30 156 641 164 30 4 7 36 62 5 16 9 .278 .321 .379 99 -0.4 5.5 -14.7 1.6
2015 ANA 31 156 638 161 30 1 3 25 73 4 15 6 .270 .301 .338 80 -12.8 3.2 -13.4 0.2
2016 ATL 32 97 368 81 14 2 2 20 59 6 3 5 .242 .293 .313 74 -10.9 0.9 0.2 0.5
2016 DET 32 29 91 20 5 0 1 11 11 0 0 0 .250 .341 .350 73 -2.7 -0.5 -2.1 -0.2
2017 SDN 33 108 370 78 15 1 7 28 57 4 11 4 .234 .300 .348 77 -9.6 -0.4 3.7 0.9
Career14545627140225646582856705215562.271.313.37285-87.027.9-37.013.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2002 PRO Rk PIO 67 308 .000 .000 .000 .373 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 CDR A MDW 125 535 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 RCU A+ CLF 136 627 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 ARK AA TXS 134 590 .269 .330 .412 .319 111 3.9 13.6 6.3 103 0 -5.7 4.3 -5.2 1.4
2006 ANA MLB AL 34 40 .258 .324 .400 .313 100 -3.4 1.2 0.4 57 13 -0.5 0.1 -2.1 -0.1
2006 SLC AAA PCL 81 368 .270 .343 .412 .302 113 -6 10.0 4.6 84 0 0.6 1.5 -12.0 0.5
2007 ANA MLB AL 79 211 .271 .335 .421 .276 101 -15.7 6.3 0.1 53 12 3.8 -0.1 -11.7 -0.2
2007 RCU A+ CLF 2 6 .264 .347 .438 .500 98 0.9 0.2 0.1 139 0 -0.7 0.7 0.1 0.0
2007 SLC AAA PCL 3 12 .294 .361 .486 .400 129 -0.7 0.4 0.1 82 0 -0.3 0.5 -0.4 0.0
2008 ANA MLB AL 98 375 .268 .334 .420 .311 103 -8.1 10.8 4.9 75 13 7.1 2.4 -10.8 1.5
2008 RCU A+ CLF 3 10 .268 .308 .400 .400 97 0.7 0.3 0.1 136 0 -0.4 0.5 0.2 0.1
2009 ANA MLB AL 137 556 .261 .329 .415 .338 103 2.4 16.0 7.3 97 8 -2.6 1.3 -0.4 2.2
2010 ANA MLB AL 138 589 .256 .320 .405 .289 101 -15 16.2 7.4 77 7 -2.9 5.7 -15.1 1.2
2011 ANA MLB AL 143 605 .256 .316 .399 .301 97 6.5 16.3 7.5 100 7 2.0 4.4 0.7 3.3
2011 SLC AAA PCL 1 4 .284 .373 .421 .333 110 -0.4 0.1 0.1 65 0 -0.1 -0.2 -0.2 0.0
2012 ANA MLB AL 141 554 .256 .317 .409 .316 95 9.5 15.1 6.9 96 10 -6.6 1.4 -2.4 1.5
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 14 65 .000 .000 .000 .296 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 ANA MLB AL 138 589 .253 .314 .398 .292 96 -4.5 15.5 7.1 85 9 -11.0 4.0 -8.9 0.7
2013 SLC AAA PCL 1 5 .287 .345 .450 .250 115 1.2 0.1 0.1 115 0 -0.1 -0.5 0.0 0.0
2013 DOM int WBC 5 19 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 ANA MLB AL 156 641 .252 .313 .388 .297 94 7.6 16.6 7.6 99 8 -14.7 5.5 -0.4 1.6
2015 ANA MLB AL 156 638 .253 .313 .403 .300 102 -16.2 17.2 7.9 80 7 -13.4 3.2 -12.8 0.2
2016 ATL MLB NL 97 368 .252 .317 .402 .284 90 -10.2 10.4 4.7 74 9 0.2 0.9 -10.9 0.5
2016 DET MLB AL 29 91 .254 .322 .414 .279 112 -1.4 2.6 0.7 73 9 -2.1 -0.5 -2.7 -0.2
2016 GWN AAA INT 7 31 .257 .317 .381 .185 108 -3.6 0.9 0.2 58 0 -0.2 0.2 -1.7 -0.1
2017 SDN MLB NL 108 370 .249 .315 .411 .262 92 -6.2 10.8 4.9 77 8 3.7 -0.4 -9.6 0.9
2017 PDR Rk AZL 2 7 .260 .374 .397 .200 106 0.4 0.2 0.1 118 0 0.4 0.0 -0.2 0.1
2018 LIC Wnt DWL 12 49 .000 .000 .000 .281 100 -2.5 1.4 -0.1 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2019 MVA AAA MEX 39 187 .000 .000 .000 .357 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2002 PRO Rk PIO 308 273 64 89 15 6 4 128 29 21 43 15 10 .326 .394 .469 .143 2 2
2003 CDR A MDW 535 496 83 153 30 10 6 221 57 17 54 32 9 .308 .344 .446 .137 6 6
2004 RCU A+ CLF 627 573 102 189 25 11 14 278 65 26 66 51 36 .330 .367 .485 .155 10 10
2005 ARK AA TXS 590 535 101 162 29 10 9 238 54 29 51 49 23 .303 .352 .445 .142 4 4
2006 SLC AAA PCL 368 339 63 96 20 3 6 140 45 21 36 32 18 .283 .330 .413 .130 1 1
2006 ANA MLB AL 40 40 5 10 1 1 0 13 2 0 8 1 0 .250 .250 .325 .075 0 0
2007 RCU A+ CLF 6 5 3 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 3 1 .400 .500 .400 .000 0 0
2007 SLC AAA PCL 12 12 2 4 0 0 0 4 2 0 2 2 1 .333 .333 .333 .000 0 0
2007 ANA MLB AL 211 194 18 46 5 1 1 56 19 10 32 4 4 .237 .279 .289 .052 2 3
2008 ANA MLB AL 375 346 53 96 18 5 3 133 39 14 45 7 2 .277 .314 .384 .107 1 9
2008 RCU A+ CLF 10 10 2 4 1 0 0 5 3 0 0 2 0 .400 .400 .500 .100 0 0
2009 ANA MLB AL 556 504 70 157 23 9 5 213 58 30 54 14 7 .312 .353 .423 .111 5 12
2010 ANA MLB AL 589 534 69 135 18 4 5 176 29 35 81 22 8 .253 .306 .330 .077 2 11
2011 SLC AAA PCL 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .000 0 0
2011 ANA MLB AL 605 556 71 155 33 8 10 234 59 31 68 30 6 .279 .322 .421 .142 3 9
2012 ANA MLB AL 554 517 67 150 31 5 8 215 45 22 61 20 4 .290 .324 .416 .126 2 7
2012 LIC Wnt DWL 65 60 7 17 2 1 1 24 6 4 5 1 1 .283 .328 .400 .117 0 1
2013 SLC AAA PCL 5 5 1 2 1 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 .400 .400 1.200 .800 0 0
2013 ANA MLB AL 589 550 68 149 33 5 6 210 54 23 59 12 7 .271 .301 .382 .111 5 8
2013 DOM int WBC 19 18 6 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 2 1 0 .278 .278 .278 .000 0 1
2014 ANA MLB AL 641 589 77 164 30 4 7 223 68 36 62 16 9 .278 .321 .379 .100 8
2015 ANA MLB AL 638 597 74 161 30 1 3 202 44 25 73 15 6 .270 .301 .338 .069 5 7
2016 GWN AAA INT 31 29 3 5 1 0 0 6 2 2 2 2 0 .172 .226 .207 .034 0 0
2016 DET MLB AL 91 80 7 20 5 0 1 28 8 11 11 0 0 .250 .341 .350 .100 0 0
2016 ATL MLB NL 368 335 27 81 14 2 2 105 26 20 59 3 5 .242 .293 .313 .072 4 3
2017 SDN MLB NL 370 333 37 78 15 1 7 116 22 28 57 11 4 .234 .300 .348 .114 2 3
2017 PDR Rk AZL 7 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 0 0 .200 .429 .400 .200 0 0
2018 LIC Wnt DWL 49 43 5 9 1 1 0 12 3 6 11 0 0 .209 .306 .279 .070 0 0
2019 MVA AAA MEX 187 163 40 53 11 1 8 90 38 21 30 3 1 .325 .406 .552 .227 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1170 0.5325 0.4701 0.8509 0.5923 0.3309 0.8943 0.7624 0.1491 -0.0076
2009 1926 0.5109 0.4621 0.8753 0.5457 0.3747 0.9236 0.8017 0.1247 -0.0073
2010 2027 0.5264 0.4420 0.8549 0.5558 0.3156 0.9106 0.7459 0.1451 -0.0071
2011 2073 0.4969 0.4713 0.8577 0.5825 0.3615 0.9200 0.7586 0.1423 -0.0063
2012 1801 0.5003 0.4914 0.8791 0.6193 0.3633 0.9373 0.7798 0.1209 -0.0072
2013 2036 0.4897 0.4686 0.8669 0.5817 0.3600 0.9448 0.7460 0.1331 -0.0065
2014 2101 0.4779 0.4860 0.8688 0.6394 0.3455 0.9346 0.7573 0.1312 -0.0001
2015 2140 0.4603 0.4986 0.8613 0.6457 0.3732 0.9340 0.7541 0.1387 0.0023
2016 1629 0.4702 0.4911 0.8375 0.6214 0.3754 0.9181 0.7191 0.1625 0.0000
2017 1345 0.4810 0.4714 0.8328 0.6105 0.3424 0.9038 0.7155 0.1672 0.0000
Career182480.49340.47530.86000.59930.35520.92410.75530.1400-0.0039

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-19 2014-07-21 DTD 2 2 Right Groin Strain -
2014-06-16 2014-06-16 DTD 0 0 Left Hip Soreness -
2013-08-14 2013-08-15 DTD 1 1 - Lower Leg Cramp Calf - -
2013-05-21 2013-05-21 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Soreness - -
2013-05-10 2013-05-14 DTD 4 4 Right Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2013-04-10 2013-04-30 15-DL 20 18 Left Foot Contusion Heel - -
2012-10-01 2012-10-04 DTD 3 3 Right Thigh Strain Quadriceps - -
2012-07-22 2012-08-06 15-DL 15 14 Right Fracture Hairline Fracture Big Toe Foul Ball - -
2012-05-23 2012-05-23 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Contusion HBP - -
2012-03-28 2012-03-29 Camp 1 0 - Fingers Laceration Fingernail - -
2011-07-06 2011-07-06 DTD 0 0 Right Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2011-04-03 2011-04-19 15-DL 16 13 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-10-05 2010-10-05 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2010-10-05
2010-09-16 2010-09-27 DTD 11 10 Left Sports Hernia -
2010-06-15 2010-06-25 DTD 10 8 Left Knee Cartilage Injury Meniscus -
2010-03-10 2010-03-21 Camp 11 0 Right Forearm Soreness -
2010-01-14 2010-01-14 WIN 0 0 Lower Leg Spasms -
2009-10-01 2009-10-03 DTD 2 2 Right Hand Contusion -
2009-07-17 2009-07-17 DTD 0 0 General Medical Illness Dizziness -
2009-05-03 2009-05-05 DTD 2 1 Contusion -
2008-08-28 2008-09-16 DTD 19 17 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2008-08-26 2008-08-27 DTD 1 1 Neck Stiffness -
2008-05-21 2008-06-17 15-DL 27 24 Right Fingers Dislocation Little Finger -
2008-05-09 2008-05-09 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Contusion Little Finger -
2007-08-20 2007-09-05 15-DL 16 15 Left Thigh Strain Hamstring -
2007-07-02 2007-08-06 15-DL 35 28 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate 2007-07-05
2007-03-28 2007-04-02 Camp 5 0 Left Ankle Sprain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2018 MIN $
2017 SDN $1,750,000
2016 ATL $6,250,000
2016 ANA $2,500,000
2015 ANA $8,750,000
2014 ANA $8,750,000
2013 ANA $8,750,000
2012 ANA $5,075,000
2011 ANA $3,000,000
2010 ANA $2,050,000
2009 ANA $460,000
2008 ANA $415,000
2007 ANA $382,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
11 yrPrevious$48,132,500
11 yrTotal$48,132,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
11 y 86 dRoc Nation Sports1 year (2018)

Details
  • 1 year (2018). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 2/23/18 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. Performance bonuses. May opt out of contract 3/27/18 if not on Major League roster. Released by Minnesota 3/23/18 (Aybar exercised opt-out provision).
  • 1 year (2017). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/7/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.75M in majors. Contract selected by San Diego 3/30/17.
  • 4 years/$35M (2013-16). Signed extension with LA Angels 4/19/12. $1M signing bonus. 13:$8.5M, 14:$8.5M, 15:$8.5M, 16:$8.5M. Award bonuses: $50,000 for All-Star. $75,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, LCS MVP. $0.1M for WS MVP. $0.15M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd or 3rd in vote. $50,000 for 4th or 5th in vote). Acquired by Atlanta in trade from LA Angels 11/12/15, with Angels paying $2.5M of Aybar's 2016 salary as part of the deal. Acquired by Detroit in trade from Atlanta 8/16/16 with Braves paying Tigers an undisclosed amount of cash in the deal.
  • 1 year/$5.075M (2012). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$3M (2011). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration). Award bonus: $75,000 for Gold Glove.
  • 1 year/$2.05M (2010). Re-signed by LA Angels 2/18/10 (avoided arbitration, $2.75M-$1.8M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 575, 625 PAs.
  • 1 year/$0.46M (2009). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/1/09.
  • 1 year/$0.415M (2008). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/08.
  • 1 year/$0.3825M (2007). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by LA Angels 11/05. Re-signed by LA Angels 2/06.
  • Signed by Anaheim 2002 as an amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic. $0.1M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 378 44 91 17 2 7 38 31 63 9 4 .269 .338 .393 94 13.5 2B 3 1.7
80o 360 40 84 16 2 7 35 29 61 8 4 .260 .327 .387 87 8.6 2B 2 1.2
70o 347 38 77 15 1 6 33 27 60 7 4 .247 .313 .359 81 5.4 2B 2 0.8
60o 336 35 73 14 1 6 31 25 59 7 3 .241 .305 .353 77 2.7 2B 2 0.5
50o 325 33 69 13 1 6 29 24 58 7 3 .235 .299 .347 73 0.5 2B 2 0.3
40o 314 32 64 12 1 5 28 22 56 6 3 .225 .285 .326 69 -1.7 2B 2 0.0
30o 303 30 61 12 1 5 26 21 55 6 3 .221 .281 .326 64 -3.8 2B 2 -0.2
20o 290 27 57 11 1 5 24 19 54 5 3 .215 .273 .321 59 -6.1 2B 2 -0.4
10o 272 25 49 9 1 4 22 17 51 5 2 .197 .256 .289 52 -8.9 2B 2 -0.8
Weighted Mean3283470131630245873.236.300.347741.12B 20.4

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DateQuestionAnswer
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)If you look up Wander Franco (TB) on MILB website, his bio says "son of Wander Franco, brother of Wander Franco, brother of Wander Franco, nephew of Erick Aybar." That is all.
(Yusei Tomato from Tokyo)
I Wander why the Francos did that. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)As a fellow mets fan, what are your thoughts on Amed Rosario? If you need another mets fan to chat about on the new BP Mets' site, let me know.
(Silverback38 from VA)
I will not get my hopes up. I will not get my hopes up. I will not get my hopes up. (I hope he is peak Erick Aybar.) (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the injury to Jhonny Peralta, what options do the Cardinals have? What do you think of the in-house options, Greg Garcia and Aledmys Diaz? Any SS available out there for trade?
(Zonk from Chi-Town)
Synergy! The best option might be the one floated by Dave Cameron at FanGraphs already: Erick Aybar. With Ozzie Albies already the talk of Braves camp, I could certainly see the Braves making this move, and Aybar feels like a very Cardinals ballplayer. I am not all in on Garcia or Diaz, and Gyorko at shortstop is cringe-inducing. They should make a move. They're not very exciting options, but I think the Cards could give the Mets a call about one of Wilmer Flores, Matt Reynolds, or Dilson Herrera. Or maybe Arizona for Chris Owings or Nick Ahmed. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)How do you view Ketel Marte in a dynasty league?
(Allen from MSP)
I'm not as high on him as a lot of people. I think he could be great, but I don't ever see him being a big power force and shortstops who steal 20-30 bases and don't hit for big power numbers are fairly common. Comps are bad, always, but from an anecdotal perspective the hype surrounding Marte reminds of Erick Aybar when he came up. Aybar has always been a solid citizen, but he's not a guy you're building around in any format. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of Fantasy player will JP Crawford be?
(Tommy from Philly)
I see him as a rich man's Erick Aybar. 10-15 HR, 25-30 steals, solid batting average. Not a fantasy superstar but he could be a pretty decent facsimile of the guy who was an institution in Philly - Jimmy Rollins - for many years if everything breaks right. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Will JP Crawford be that good of a fantasy contributor?
(Eric from Boston)
He'll be solid. I'm thinking Erick Aybar with a little more speed, which isn't bad by any means. (Mike Gianella)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mike, two questions. First, how many AB's do you give players before moving on in fantasy? Also, time to dump Everth? He or Aybar ROS? Thanks!
(Higdldini from NY, NY)
It depends on the format obviously, but if you're talking about a standard mixed probably anywhere from 150-250 depending on what the FA pool looks like. A lot of this discussion revolves around what your replacement will look like. So if you're in a 15-team mixed and you're annoyed at Everth Cabrera and Brandon Crawford is your best option, you just might want to sit tight. But in a 10-team mixed, you might have plenty of options that make sense.

I'd stick with Cabrera over Erick Aybar. Aybar offers some power upside over Cabrera, but he doesn't run the way he used to and I'd rather have Cabrera's 40-45 SB potential. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Starlin Castro going forward? Further growth or is basically Erick Aybar?
(DS from LA)
I still think Castro can be a fine player and I hope he'll get back to what made him successful in the first place. Something went wrong last year, whether it was what he was trying to do or what the organization wanted him to do, but in the end, he has to be himself and play ball. He's incredibly gifted as a ball player. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-29 18:30:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Aybar? I picked up Peralta as a replacement when he went down and he's been sooo much better.
(dandaman from Sea Cliff)
Hi dandaman.

Erick Aybar is a solid fantasy player because of the steals but he suffered a hamstring injury earlier this year and hasn't been running since he returned. He is doing absolutely nothing else, so while a bounce back is likely you can feel free to keep Jhonny Peralta and dump Aybar in a mixed format. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is there ever a situation where you would rather have an empty lineup spot over a poor player for a short period of time in a roto league? My example is that Erick Aybar is on the DL for another 10 days, and the best options on the waiver wire are Cozart and Brandon Crawford. Would the negligible gain in runs and RBI be enough to off-set the hit to BA? Thanks!
(Scott from OC)
Rarely ever, and if Cozart is available, that doesn't apply. Grab him over running an empty spot out there. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)NOT A QUESTION: BTW regarding the bunts for base hits ESPN ran an article about this in 2011 with some current players. Before looking at the article I guessed Erik Aybar and lo and behold he was number two behind Juan Pierre http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/16500/baseballs-bunting-fiends
(lipitorkid from OC, CA)
Good one, thanks! BTW, whether Erick Aybar or Howard Kendrick, I love whomever is hitting in the #2 spot in the Angels lineup this year, for fantasy purposes. Aybar had a big 2nd half last year, and Kendrick is having a HUGE spring -- even by his usual standards, even considering the caveats with spring numbers -- so either or both could take a big step forward this year. (Cory Schwartz)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)I am in Love with Erick Aybar. Will reach for him in the 12th. His numbers warrant a reach at SS. What do you think?
(gls from OKC)
It's guy love between two guys and Aybar is worth it. (Jason Collette)
2011-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Best clubhouse story you couldn't tell until today?
(ssimon from Pelham, NY)
I don't really have any good clubhouse stories, partly because the Angels' clubhouse is quite dull and partly because I'm not around the clubhouse more than a couple times a homestand. So I'm going to reprint the greatest clubhouse story ever, from Matt McCarthy's book "Odd Man Out," about his year with the Angels' short-season team. (The book may or may not be true, for what it's worth.)

"An Angels employee briefly interrupted the revelry to bring us fifth leftover hot dogs from the concession stand's Weenie Wednesday promotion.

"I took my hot dog over to my locker and began to undress. That was when things got interesting. When I turned around, I saw the dark, naked bodies of two young Dominicans hovering around the hot dogs. Erick Aybar and Alberto Callaspo ... were inseparable and spoke no English -- the most one of them had ever said to me was "Why-ya-ya-ya-ya-yeah!" after I'd pitched a scoreless inning the week before.

"Gradually, more of my teammates turned to watch as Aybar's and Callaspo's naked bodies circled the food. We all knew they were up to something no good. Two naked heterosexual teenagers don't stand that close together for that long next to a box of hot dogs without something happening.

"Suddenly, Callaspo took one of the hot dogs out of its bun and deep-throated it. Then he took the bun and put it around Aybar's flaccid (etc etc) and poured ketchup on it. Jaws dropped -- Aybar was a willing participant. Then Callaspo bent over and pretended to eat the Dominican (etc etc etc) hot dog. When he did that, we all screamed, "Nooooo!"

"Getting the reaction he'd desired, Callaspo turned to a few of us and said, "I no gay. You gay" and burst into a fit of laughter. Callaspo slapped Aybar on the ass and the two laughed all the way to the shower." (Sam Miller)
2011-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Steven, With all the buzz about the Mets trading/not trading Reyes, what are the chances that they trade him mid-season and then make a bonafide attempt to sign him in winter? Couldn't that be the best plan to contend from 2012 on? Could you see the Angels parting with Trout for Reyes?
(mattstupp from NYC)
That's the million-dollar question, mattstupp. Given the team's financial problems, that kind of circular deal seems unlikely, plus it would possibly cost them a draft choice if they're not protected. With the Angels having Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, I don't see them prioritizing Reyes, nor trading the best or second-best prospect in baseball for a free agent to be. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the answer: would that be someone like Sandoval? How or why does that complicate things for you?
(Fred from Jerry Park)
I think Sandoval is a good example. He was basically off my radar screen until he came close to his big league debut. Erick Aybar is another guy I think could be good despite my worries about him. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-10-23 16:00:00 (link to chat)How would you compare these three middle infielders, Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and Yunel Escobar? They all had similar years offensively, but I don't know much about their defense or the chance of stardom.
(Wendy from Madrid)
Yunel has the potential to hit 27-32 home runs in a season whereas the other two seem more likely to fall in that .355/.435 range, which is nothing to scoff at, but Yunel certainly has a better chance at becoming an all-star and big bopper than the other two. Defensively, Aybar does a lot right with the glove but makes some mental mistakes that one would hope will gradually cease to occur. I'd order them Escobar, Aybar, Izturis. (Eric Seidman)
2009-10-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Are we any closer to getting your picks for surprise stars from each of the playoff teams?
(Frank Costanza from Queens)
It's like asking me eight questions at once. Not easy. Brett Gardner. Billy Wagner. Aubrey Huff. Erick Aybar. Chan Ho Park. Colby Rasmus. Hong-Chih Kuo. Dexter Fowler. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-11-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Reds need a young shortstop, what you do think it would take to get Erick Aybar from the Angels?
(smitty25039 from Charleston)
I don't think much of Aybar. I'd rather see them play Keppinger for a year and see if Valaika can hold on as a shortstop. The consensus is that he can't, but look around the majors and consider the players holding down everyday jobs. I think he'd be average in that pool. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If I'm not batting for Erick Aybar close and late, why am I on the post-season roster at all?
(Brandon Wood from 3rd fairway)
For the taunting, haunting feeling of what could have been. (Marc Normandin)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)Can you explain to me why the Angels have handled Brandon Wood the way they have? Calling him up to sit on the bench? Are you at all impressed by his recent lack of Ks?
(Gray from Chicago)
I think part of the problem is identifying what Wood is--there was a point when people could reasonable see the new Troy Glaus or something, when we might instead have the new Kelly Gruber or, if he stays at short, Jose Hernandez. That's a much different proposition, especially on a team that these days is far more easily impressed by the slappy aggression and basepaths violence of an Erick Aybar. A long swing is a terrible thing to have on the bench, though, since it's almost certain to go stale; if Wood's going to be up, he needs to play, and if avoiding strikeouts for some short stretch is the only way for him to get Mickey Hatcher's imprimatur, so be it. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ben Revere is fun to watch here in Beloit, but is his game going to translate to the upper levels?
(jlebeck66 from WI)
I really think it is. That guy can just plain hit, and if you've seen him (I see you are in Wisconsin, so I hope you have), you know that he's just not some tiny slap hitter, he drives the ball and gets leverage in a way that kind of reminds me of Erick Aybar. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)More impressive about Ben Revere...hitting over .400 or that he is 2nd in the midwest league in SLG? Think he can maintain excellent 2B and 3B power as he advances?
(Norville Barnes from Muncie, IN)
I do. He's really interesting to watch because he's so small, but on a power level, he kind of reminds me of Erick Aybar where the bat is so fast that he can drive them into the gaps and you're really surprised to see the ball hit so hard -- he's legit. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Ah, I see the Worldwide Leader in Sports has box scores. I completely missed those before. Quick perusal shows no Pie though. Is he out? Struggling mightily?
(Brian Gallagher from Evanston, Illinois)
First on Pie: he was on the Dominican Winter League playoff roster, but was seldom in evidence; he's not on the Caribbean Series, by choice or lack of invitation, it's not clear. I don't know why he got buried, but it happened prior to Hector de la Cruz taking over as manager (which happened in the middle of the Dominican League finals). Another guy who was in a similar situation was Anderson Hernandez, who's been pressed into service by Erick Aybar's absence, and has been sterling. (Derek Jacques)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-16 13:00:00NLCS Game Two/ALCS Game OneErick Aybar's listed 5'10" seems a bit generous. (Steven Goldman)
 

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