Erick Johan Aybar...he and his wife, Nhachari have two daughters, Nhaieri and Eriahna, and one son, Eiren...brother of former major league infielder Willy Aybar.
Signed by the San Diego Padres as a minor league free agent February 7...made Padres Opening Day roster...Placed on 15-day disabled list July 22 with left foot contusion; returned from rehab and reinstated Sept. 1...Hit safely in season-high eight-game, hitting .323 (10-for-31) with a .382 on-base percentage April 23-Ranked third in the club in stolen bases (11).Would be second Twin to ever wear uniform number 0, the other being catcher Junior Ortiz from 1990-91.
Began the season with Atlanta before being traded mid-season to Detroit, hitting a combined .243 (101-for-415) in 126 games with 34 RBI and 34 runs scored. Recorded a 14-game hitting streak, tied for the third-longest of his career, hitting .385 (20-for-52) in that time. Missed some time with Atlanta while on the 15-day disabled list from 5/28 - 6/12 with a right foot contusion…started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on 6/3.
Completed his 10th big-league season (all with the Los Angeles Angels), batting .270 (161-for-597) with 30 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 44 RBI and 74 runs scored. ... His 161 hits and 74 runs scored were the second-highest totals of his career, while the 156 games tied for the most in a single season. ... Finished the season ranked in the Top 10 of several offensive categories by a Major League shortstop, including hits (2nd), runs (4th), average (5th) and doubles (6th). • Posted a .973 fielding percentage, the fourth highest by a Major League shortstop (minimum 150 games). ... Opened the season batting .246 (61-for-248) through his first 64 games (4/6-6/17). Went on to hit .287 (100-for-349) over his final 92 games. Was one of four Major League shortstops in that span to log 20 doubles and score 40 runs. ... Swiped 15 bases for the fifth time in his big-league career.
The 2014 All-Star completed ninth big league season with Angels, batting .278 (164/589) with 30 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 68 RBI...Established career-highs in hits (164), runs (77), RBI (68), walks (36) and games (156)...First Angels shortstop to score 75 runs in a season since Orlando Cabrera in 2007 (101 R)...Is one of just four Halo shortstops to collect 160 hits in a single season (9th occurrence)...One of two M.L. shortstops with 75+ runs scored and 65+ RBI (also, Alexei Ramirez)...Logged a career-long 17-game hit streak from Aug. 16 thru Sept. 2...Was second longest streak by a shortstop in club history, trailing only David Eckstein's 18-gamer in 2004...Hit .283 (102/360) with 22 doubles, three triples, six home runs and 50 RBI in first half of season en route to being named to first career All-Star team...Entered game at shortstop in 8th inning as a defensive replacement for Alexi Ramirez...Did not record a plate appearance...Was fifth Angels shortstop to be named to an All-Star and first since Gary DiSarcina in 1995...Also named a Sporting News All-Star following the season (voted on by baseball execs.)...Tallied a hit in every slot of batting order except third (no PA batting 3rd)...ne of four shortstops with at least 10 SB in each of last six seasons: Elvis Andrus, Jimmy Rollins, Jose Reyes...Is one of three M.L. shortstops with at least 40 triples since 2008: Reyes and Stephen Drew...With 22 in 2014, 145 infield hits since the start of the 2010 season rank second in Majors behind only Ichiro Suzuki's 191.
Completed eighth big league season with the Angels, batting .271 (149/550) with 68 runs scored, 33 doubles, five triples, six home runs and 54 RBI…33 doubles tied a career high (also, 2011)... .271 season average was fourth highest by an AL shortstop...Marked fifth straight campaign average ranked in top five amongst AL shortstops...48 multi-hit games ranked second by a Major League shortstop, trailing only Alexei Ramirez's 49... Stole 100th career base June 19…Broke a tie with Dick Schofield for the most stolen bases by an Angel shortstop in club history…Is just the 11th Angel to reach the century mark in SB... Scored 400th career run on Aug. 16…Is the 19th Halo in franchise history to reach the plateau and just the fourth shortstop (Fregosi - 691, DiSarcina - 444, Schofield - 404)... Is one of four shortstops with at least 10 SB in each of the last five seasons: E. Andrus, J. Rollins, J. Reyes… Is one of four shortstops with at least 10 SB in each of the last five seasons: E. Andrus, J. Rollins, J. Reyes…Is one of three ML shortstops with at least 35 triples since 2008: J. Reyes and S. Drew... Left the club's home opener (April 9) vs. Oakland with a left heel contusion...Missed 18 games from April 10-30...Marked sixth career trip to the DL... Including 20 in 2013, his 123 infield hits since the start of the 2010 season rank third in the Majors: I. Suzuki - 164 & M. Bourn - 128... Participated in 2013 World Baseball Classic and was a member of the WBC Champion Dominican Republic squad…Hit .333 (7/21) with one double, two RBI and a stolen base in six games played.
Spent seventh season with Angels batting .290 (150-for-517) with 31 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 45 RBIs...His .290 clip ranked fourth amongst Major League shortstops (3rd in AL) and was second highest single-season average of career...Fell two doubles, two home runs and two games short of matching career bests in those categories (33 2Bs, 10 HRs & 143 games in 2011)...After batting .197 thru team's first 40 games, went on to post Majors' top average by a shortstop at .322 from May 19 on (124-for-385)...Hit .326 (72-for-221) post All-Star break, including .347 (66-for-190) after Aug. 1, which ranked second in league in that span...20-for-24 in stolen base attempts in 2012, marking third straight campaign with 20 or more steals...One of just three shortstops in MLB to accomplish feat in each of last three seasons (Jose Reyes and Elvis Andrus)...Led Majors in bunt hits (16) and finished tied for third in infield hits (37)...Finished year batting .336 (46-for-137) vs. left-handers, which ranked seventh in AL...Entered 2012 with a .270 (176-for-653) career clip against southpaws...Logged a season-long, 14-game hit streak from Aug. 31 to Sept. 14...The streak fell one shy of matching a career-long and was second longest strung together by an Angel in 2012...Signed a four-year contract extension on April 19, 2012, keeping him in a Halo uniform through the 2016 season.
Established several career highs in 2011 including homeruns (10), runs (71), doubles (33), RBI (59) and stolen bases(30)...Led Angels in hits (155) and SBs...Eight triples wereT4th in A.L...Became first shortstop in Angels history to reach30 stolen bases...Finished third in A.L. with 14 bunt singlesand his 30 infield hits ranked T7th in the circuit...Honoredwith first career Rawlings Gold Glove, only the third Angelsshortstop to win, joining Jim Fregosi (1967) and Orlando Cabrera (2007)...Cut his errors total down from 21in 2010 to 13 and tied for third among A.L. shortstops with a .980 fielding percentage...Tied with Rangersshortstop Elvis Andrus for the most double plays turned by an AL shortstop (102) and set career-highs in totalchances (659) and assists (459)...Made 55 starts in leadoff spot and batted .287 (68/237) in the role...Batted.308 vs. RHP (led team) compared to .216 vs. LHP...Had finest game of career Sept. 18 at Baltimore and one ofthe best statistical days in Angels' history (4/4, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI)...Marked first career multi-HR game...Tied Tim Salmon's franchise record of five runs in one game (April 12, 1998)...Aybar was the first major leaguerto score at least five runs and drive in four or more in one game since Nationals' Josh Willingham did so onAug. 25, 2009 at Cubs (5 runs & 6 RBI) - ELIAS...Aybar became just ninth Angel with four extra-base hits ina game, first since Kendrys Morales in 2009...Named A.L. Co-Player of the Week (w/ J. Verlander) for periodending Sept. 18...Marked first career weekly honor for Aybar...36-game streak of reaching base safely (Aug.15-Sept. 24) was T2nd longest streak in club history (O. Cabrera - 63 games in 2006)...Straight steal of homeSept. 20 at Toronto was first for Angels since Gary Matthews Jr. on June 28, 2009 at Arizona...Tied club recordwith two triples Sept. 2, second time in his career...Logged two bases-clearing triples in June (6/19 at NYM& 6 /11 vs. KC)...Launched third career leadoff HR July 8 vs. Seattle...Career-best 15-game hit streak Aug.19-Sept. 5 (19 for 56; .339)...Logged three four-hit games to pace Halos...Recalled from rehab and activatedApril 20...Placed on 15-day D.L. April 10 (retro to April 3) with left oblique soreness...Played a series of MLBexhibition games in Taiwan in late October/early November along with Angels teammates Jeff Mathis, RichThompson and Trevor Bell.
Average dropped from .312 in 2009 to a .253 clip in 2010 ... Appeared in a career-high 138 games despite missing timein June and September (no DL stints) ... Made 95 starts in leadoff spot - Angels were 45-50 in those games ... As leadoffhitter, batted .279 with a .336 OBP ... Logged a career-best 22 stolen bases ... Collected 37 infield hits to rank fourthin A.L ... His 17 bunt hits tied for MLB lead (Borbon - Tex.) ... Committed a career-high 21 errors, fourth most in theMajors among shortstops ... Belted game-winning solo-HR in 10th inning July 9th at Oakland ... Connected for secondcareer leadoff HR June 30th vs. Texas (2nd in 2010 - also 4/26 vs. Cle.) ... Logged career-best 10-game hit streak June27-July 7 (.372; 16/43) ... Returned to action June 25th ... Left game in 7th inning June 14th after suffering hyperextendedleft knee on collision at second base ... MRI revealed damage to the left meniscus ... Missed nearly two weeksin September with a suspected sports hernia ... Had left knee scoped during off-season (Oct. 5, 2010).
Established career-highs in nearly every offensive category including a teambest.312 average (157/504), runs (70), hits (157), HR (5) and RBI (58)...T3rd in AL with 9 triples...Led Majors with 18 bunt hits and T4th in AL with12 sac bunts...Fourth among AL shortstops with a .982 fielding percentage...His .312 season avg. ranked third among AL shortstops...Over final 72 games of season, hit .337 (97-for-288) with 36 RBI and 27 multi-hit games...Major's top hitter in July with .414 (36/87) average...Tied club record with two triples 9/6 at KC, first player in club history to do it in consecutiveinnings (17th time overall; first since Reggie Williams in 1999)...Had career-best nine-game hit streak (.421; 16/38) July 21-28...Walk-off RBI single in 11th inn. Sept. 8 vs. Seattle...Had career day, July 21 at KC...Went 7-for-9 (2 2B, 1 3B) with five runs scored and four runs batted in two games of DH...Tied a club record by scoring five runs as a DH (done three timespreviously)...Seven hits in a doubleheader were second-most in club history...Four hits in second game were a career-high.
Off-season trade of Orlando Cabrera for Jon Garland opened up competition for shortstop position for he and MaicerIzturis...Appeared in career-high 98 games and made 91 starts at shortstop despite missing 42 games with injuries...Led Angels with 23 infield hits, nine bunt hits, nine sacrifice bunts and five triples...Hit .326 (29/89) with RISP...Batted .300 (57/190) on road compared to .250 at home (39/156)...Batted over .300 in three months of season (.318in April, .308 in June and .317 in July)...Logged career-best eight-game hit streak June 18-28...Led club with 18errors...Tied career-high with three RBI Aug. 27 vs. Oakland (5th time in 2008)...Pinch-hit, three-run triple off JoshBeckett highlighted Angels' four-run seventh inning in 4-2 win over Red Sox July 19...Tied club record with threedoubles, April 22 at Boston...Welcomed birth of second child (daughter Nsaeri) during season...Left game in the firstinning May 20 at Toronto with a dislocated right pinky finger suffered while diving for a ball...Started 38 consecutivegames at shortstop before the injury...Activated from 15-day DL June 18 (missed 25 games).
Made first career Opening Day roster out of Spring Training...Two stints on DL limited him to 79 games with Angels...Hit .237 (46/194) with 18 runs, five doubles, one triple, one home run and 19 RBI...Activated from second DL stint Sept. 5...Placed on 15-day DL, Aug. 20, due to strained left hamstring...Snapped 0-for-18 slide with first Major League home run, Sept. 25 at Texas (solo off AJ Murray)...Single in 10th inning June 24 vs. Pittsburgh drove in winning run...Marked first career walk-off hit...Over the fence grab by Nick Markakis in 3rd inning, June 2 vs. Baltimore, robbed him of what would have been his first Major League HR...Collected career-best three hits and two stolen bases in start, Aug. 8 vs. Boston...Made first Major League start in outfield(LF) June 25 vs. Kansas City...Made 35 starts at second base, seven at shortstop, four in left field andone as DH...Started 26 of Angels' 31 games at second base during Howie Kendrick's first DL stint...Recalled from rehab and activated from first DL stint Aug. 6...Placed on 15-day DL July 2 with a right hand contusion suffered while diving for a ball July 1 at Baltimore...Underwent surgery on July 5 to remove the hook of the hamate on his right wrist..Hit .304 in April (14/46).
Aybar spent 2006 shuttling between the Angels and Triple-A Salt Lake. He batted .250 in 34 games for the Halos, but he struggled with the glove. The middle infielder made four errors in 39 chances at shortstop. Aybar, who made his Major League debut on May 16, hit .283 and stole 32 bases in 81 games with Salt Lake.
Owns 351 hits last two seasons, most among all Minor League players ... Hit over .300 for fourth straight season and fourth season as professional (.316 career hitter entering 2006) ... Spent campaign at Double-A Arkansas and led Texas League in hits (162), ranked second in stolen bases (49), third in runs (101) and triples (10) and sixth in total bases (238) ... Entered August with .285 average and hit .383 (44-for-115) for month to finish at .303 mark ... Hit safely in 32 of last 37 games ... Posted 5-for-6 effort, Aug. 24 vs. Wichita ... Committed 32 errors in 134 games at shortstop ... Named Texas League All-Star and to the league's Postseason All-Star Team ... Also named to Baseball America's Texas League All-Star Team ... Hit .323 (10-for-31) in seven postseason games as Travs won Eastern League Championship before losing to Midland in Championship Series ... Was one of top offensive performers for Licey in 2005-06 Dominican Winter League.
Led the Minor Leagues with 189 hits with Rancho Cucamonga ... Also led California League in stolen bases (51) ... His .330 batting average ranked third among all switch-hitters in Minors and No. 3 in league ... Among league leaders in games (136 - 2nd), at-bats (573 -1st), runs (102 - 2nd), total bases (278 - 2nd) and triples(11 - 2nd) ... Committed 34 errors in 133 games as shortstop ... Season honors included: California League Postseason All-Star Team, California League Rookie of the Year, Organizational Player of Month for July, Organizational Defensive Player of Month for June and California League All-Star Game selection.
Spent season with Class A Cedar Rapids ... Selected to Postseason All-Star Team, finished fifth in league in average (.308), fourth in hits (153) and runs scored (83) and second in triples (10), leading Kernels in triples, totalbases (221) and stolen bases (32) ... His .308 average ranked first among all Minor League shortstops and ninth among all switch-hitters ... Named to SportsTicker's All-Teen Team (honorable mention), Midwest League Postseason All-StarTeam and Midwest League All-Star Game selection
Spent first professional season with Provo at age 18 ... Hit .326 (eighth-best in league), also ranked among league leaders in hits (89, T2nd) and runs scored (64, 3rd) ... Named to Pioneer League All-Star Team and Pioneer League Player of Week, Aug. 19-25