Next up on the San Francisco Giants season reviews is right-handed outfielder Joey Rickard.
4 games, 6 plate appearances, .000/.167/.000, .167 OPS, 0 home runs, 0 RBI, 1 walk to 1 strikeout
-47 OPS+, -32 wRC+, -0.1 rWAR, -0.1 fWAR
Status throughout the season
Rickard started the year at the Alternate Training Site. He was added to the active roster on Aug. 26, after Hunter Pence was designated for assignment. Five days later, Rickard was placed on the season-ending 60-day Injured List with elbow inflamation.
What’s there to really say about Rickard?
He started the year low on the depth chart, and needed disappointing seasons from Pence and Jaylin Davis, as well as an injury to Austin Slater, just to get added to the active roster.
Once there he didn’t really do anything, but it’s way too short of a sample size to pass any judgement.
And then he was gone with an injury, just like that.
It was a rough year for Rickard, less because of how he played, and more because of the circumstance. In a 162-game season, with a AAA team, Rickard would have had ample opportunity to prove that he could provide value, and likely would’ve ridden the Sacramento Shuttle to and from Oracle Park a few times.
Instead, he had to hang out at the Alternate Training Site until his chance came, and then didn’t even have a season to come back to after his injury. You have to feel for the guy. He has talent and didn’t get a chance to show it off.
That said, I don’t think he would have factored much into the team’s plans in a normal year, not with how well Slater and Darin Ruf were swinging the bat. But he at least would have had more of an opportunity to state his case.
Role in 2021
Probably playing for a different team.
Rickard either gets a bad grade or an incomplete grade. Your call.
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