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2 Erick Aybar SS
Height/Weight: 5-10/180 | Birthdate: 1/14/1984 | Birthplace: Bani, DR | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 37/24 | Average Draft Position: 203.29
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Angels SS Erick Aybar smashes his first homer of 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has been raking for three weeks, but he did something Friday night he had not done all year.

He homered.

Aybar blasted off with one aboard to put the cherry on top in a nine-run fifth that buried Boston. He had already walked and scored in the inning.

He has hit safely in 16 of his last 18 games and his .325 slugging percentage is at its highest point since the season opener.


Angels' Scioscia: Aybar's OBP won't be off the charts as leadoff man


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is hoping that shortstop Erick Aybar will add a spark to the offense from the leadoff spot, per the Los Angeles Times.

Aybar spent seven games at the top of the order earlier in the season before taking over the top spot for the foreseeable future on Monday. He is hitting .286 (4 for 14) in his first three games back as the leadoff man, and .387 (24 for 62) with four RBI and a .406 on-base percentage over his last 16 games played.

"I don't think you ever ask a player to do something he's either not comfortable with or not suited for," Scioscia said. "With Erick, although he's not going to see as many pitches as a traditional leadoff guy, he's athletic, he's going to get in scoring position a lot.

"His on-base is not going to be off the charts, but it's not going to be awful, either. He's going to get on base enough, get in scoring position enough to where he can still be effective as a table-setter."


Angels SS Erick Aybar on aches and pains: 'It's bad'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Just call him Aching Erick. Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is having problems with his lower back and hamstrings.

"It's bad," he told MLB.com.

It has not shown at the plate. Aybar has hit in 10 straight games and 14 of his last 15. His average has catapulted during that stretch from .200 to .279, its highest point since April 10.


Angels bat Erick Aybar leadoff, Kole Calhoun cleanup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) The Angels have flipped players in two prominent lineup spots for Monday's matchup with the Blue Jays, as shortstop Erick Aybar will lead off while right fielder Kole Calhoun bats cleanup.

Aybar will lead off for the ninth time this season. He's spent most of the year batting fifth or lower, but he was the team's cleanup hitter on Saturday for the first time this season and reprised the role Sunday.

"What Erick doesn't bring in patience, working counts, he brings in just athleticism and still gets on base at a rate which hopefully will set the table for Mike (Trout) and Albert (Pujols) moving forward," manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "And also, we have Johnny Giavotella pushed back to ninth, to try to connect him with Mike. Hopefully there will be some table-setting there that's happening, and we'll get to the big guys in our lineup. "

Calhoun has made 28 starts in the leadoff spot, but he did bat cleanup five times in a row starting on April 30, with Aybar serving as the leadoff man in all five games. The team went 1-4 during that stretch, losing four straight games before going back to Calhoun at the leadoff spot.

"As much as we really like Kole in the leadoff spot, and in front of Mike, I think what we're presented with right now just makes the most sense to go with it this way," Scioscia said. "Guys have had a lot of time to get into their game and aren't there yet, so we need to start to take a little pressure off our pitching staff."

The Angels are road favorites (-123) in Toronto on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Angels manager Mike Scioscia may move up Erick Aybar to leadoff


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/15/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's thinking about moving up shortstop Erick Aybar in the lineup to leadoff while dropping down right fielder Kole Calhoun towards the middle, reports the Orange County Register.

Aybar, who's primarily hit fifth or sixth this season, has been on a recent tear, batting .417 (15 for 36) over his last 10 games.

Calhoun has hit leadoff in 25 of the Angels' 34 games this season, hitting .314 with three homers and 18 RBI.

Angels' Erick Aybar starting to find success in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is on pace to produce career-worst offensive numbers but has started to pick things up at the plate, going 10 for 29 with three runs and three RBI in his last eight games.

Aybar's OPS dipped below .500 at several points over the first month of the season and he has yet to find much power at all, managing just two doubles and no home runs in 119 at-bats. He's hit between five and 10 home runs and recorded double-digit steals in each season since 2009 but has none of either in 2015.

Aybar has a pair of home games against the Rockies on tap this week before a three-game series in Baltimore.


Angels SS Erick Aybar collects fourth multihit game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar collected his fourth multihit game this season Monday vs. Seattle. He had two singles and one strikeout in four at-bats.

Aybar has 21 hits in 26 games, but only two of those hits have gone for extra bases. They are both doubles. 

Aybar is batting .216, but has been better offensively as of late. He is batting .265 (9 for 34) with one double and four RBI in his last eight games.


Angels shuffle lineup, moving red-hot Kole Calhoun to cleanup spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) With Albert Pujols sidelined Thursday, the Angels moved Kole Calhoun to the cleanup spot, according to MLB.com. Mike Trout was moved from second to third, while Erick Aybar was inserted to the leadoff spot, with Johnny Giavotella moving from ninth to second.

Calhoun, who was the team's leadoff hitter 17 of the first 21 games, is hitting .406 (13 for 32) with six runs scored, two homers, five RBI four walks and six strikeouts over his last his last eight games, raising his batting average from .222 to .309 over that span.


Angels' Erick Aybar yet to record extra-base hit


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has yet to pick up an extra-base hit, going 8 for 43 with eight singles in the first two weeks of the season.

Aybar has mostly hit sixth in the lineup but has also spent a few games leading off. However, he's yet to find much success at the plate, posting a .186/.255/.186 line in 43 at-bats. Aybar and the Angels open a four-game home series against the A's Monday.


Angels' Kole Calhoun not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.

Calhoun went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI Saturday. The Angels will use shortstop Erick Aybar as the leadoff man with Calhoun on the bench, and Collin Cowgill will play right field and bat seventh Sunday. The Angels are also starting Taylor Featherston over Johnny Giavotella at second base.

The Angels are favorites (-115) against the Royals Sunday.


Hitters to start in Week 23


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/31/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 23 (Sept. 1-7)? Yan Gomes, Kennys Vargas, Dustin Ackley, Trevor Plouffe, Erick Aybar and Jorge Soler are all considered "starts" for the upcoming scoring period.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Hitters to sit in Week 20


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/10/2014) Thinking about starting Dioner Navarro, Michael Morse, Dustin Ackley, Pedro Alvarez, Erick Aybar or Curtis Granderson in Fantasy Week 20 (Aug. 11-17)? You might want to look into other options.

Find out why in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.


Erick Aybar nothing but a singles hitter in July


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) An inability to hit anything but singles has limited the production of Angels second baseman Erick Aybar recently.

Aybar has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, but 19 of his 22 hits during that stretch have been singles. He has no triples or home runs in that period. He has just five runs scored and six RBI since July 6. Aybar owns a decent .281/.317/.403 stat line on the season. His slugging percentage has fallen 30 points in July, but he has been productive overall in 2014 with 50 runs scored and 51 RBI.


Erick Aybar returns as expected Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2014) As expected, Erick Aybar is back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, after recovering from a groin strain.

Aybar missed three games in a row as a result of the injury, but was available off the bench Monday and was expected to return Tuesday. He has a 10-game hitting streak active heading into Thursday's action. 


Erick Aybar expects to return to lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was out of the starting lineup for the third straight day Monday, but he feels good and is available to play in Monday's game if needed, MLB.com reports.

Aybar is expected to return to the starting lineup Tuesday after dealing with a sore right groin over the past few days. He owns a 10-game hitting streak that has boosted his line to .283/.320/.409 in 364 at-bats.


Erick Aybar remains out of lineup with strained groin


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar is not in the lineup for the third straight game Monday while dealing with a strained groin.

Aybar extended his hitting streak to 10 games Friday but had to exit the game late with the groin injury, which kept him sidelined over the weekend. He has hit .283/.320/.409 with six home runs, 50 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 364 at-bats.


Erick Aybar still out for Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar remains out Sunday against Seattle with a groin issue.

Aybar will be on a 10-game hitting streak upon his return. He is considered day-to-day.


Erick Aybar out with groin injury Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Angels infielder Erick Aybar was unable to return to action Saturday against the Mariners, one day after he was forced out with a groin injury. He remains day to day moving forward, as a result of this injury.  

Erick Aybar exits game with sore right groin


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar was forced out of Friday's game against the Mariners because of a sore right groin.

Aybar left the game in the ninth and was replaced by John McDonald in extras. Aybar is hitting .283/.320/.409 with six homers and 50 RBI in 364 at-bats. His status is now up in the air for the second game of a three-game set against Seattle on Saturday.


Erick Aybar will start second half looking to extend hit streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2014) Angels All-Star shortstop Erick Aybar went into the break riding a nine-game hitting streak. He is batting .342 (13 for 38) with two doubles, five runs, seven RBI and three stolen bases over his last nine games.

The first-time All-Star will look to keep the momentum going in the second half. In his career, Aybar has a .276 average, .320 on-base percentage, .394 slugging percentage and .714 OPS after the All-Star break. 

In 2012, Aybar had a .326/.361/.484/.845 slash line in 59 second-half games, but last season he had just a .251/.295/.382/.677 line in 67 games after the All-Star break.


Hitters to avoid in the second half


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/13/2014) Like what you've gotten from Josh Harrison, Casey McGehee, Kurt Suzuki or Erick Aybar so far? Hoping for a rebound from Allen Craig? You might want to look into alternatives.

Check out my latest column to find out why.


Erick Aybar named to AL All-Star team


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar has been named to the American League All-Star team, replacing Royals outfielder Alex Gordon's spot on the roster. Aybar is hitting .283 with six homers and 45 RBI in 343 at-bats this season.

Erick Aybar does it all


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/6/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 3 for 5 with an RBI double, two runs scored and two steals in Saturday's 11-5 win over Houston. He's hitting .278 with six homers, 43 RBI, 44 runs scored and 10 stolen bases this season.

Erick Aybar slugs sixth home run Sunday vs. Royals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-4 loss to the Royals Sunday.

Aybar's home run was his first of June, and it extended his modest hitting streak to five games. He has hit .283/.323/.430 with six home runs, 41 RBI and eight stolen bases in 300 at-bats.


Erick Aybar back in the lineup


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/17/2014) Angels shortstop Erick Aybar returned to the lineup Tuesday after missing Monday's start with a sore hip. Aybar singled in a pinch-hit appearance and stayed in to play defense after the at-bat Monday.