Joey Rickard

Position: OF
Born: 5/21/1991
Height: 6'1
Weight: 185
B/T: R/L
Acquired: Selected with the eighth pick of the 2015 MLB Rule 5 Draft (BAL). Originally drafted in the ninth round of 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TAM).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Hit a combined .321 at three levels – Charlotte (High A/Rays), Montgomery (Double-A/Rays) and Durham Triple-A/Rays) – with 2 HRs, 55 RBIs, 23 SBs and 28 doubles.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Already on the 40-man roster, he made the club out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 4/4/2016

Debut Details
April 4, in a 3-2 win over the Twins. The starting left fielder, he batted ninth and went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He lined a single to center field in his first at-bat and scored the game’s first run on an Adam Jones double; he then doubled in the fifth inning.

Player Notes
It appeared that it was going to be a battle for the final Orioles’ outfield roster spot between unsung Rule 5 pick Rickard and multimillion-dollar international sign Hyun-Soo Kim, but Rickard earned a spot on the roster quickly by hitting .390 this spring with a .576 SLG so both landed on the roster. Rickard helped lead his University of Arizona team to the College World Series title in 2012. He went on to earn short-season New York-Penn League All-Star honors that summer, hitting .279 with 11 steals at Hudson Valley, and swiped 30 bases in his first full season, 2013, at Bowling Green (Class A). An ankle injury ended his 2014 campaign prematurely, but he made up for it with his surge through three levels last summer, as his combined .427 OBP ranked fifth in the minors. He’s an above-average defensive outfielder who can handle all three spots.