Erick Aybar SS LAA 5 days ago

Aybar will lead off for the Angels on Monday against the Blue Jays, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Manager Mike Scioscia has decided to change things up Monday, batting Kole Calhoun cleanup while Erik Aybar will make the jump up to leadoff. If this were to turn into a permanent lineup, Aybar could increase his run total due to added at-bats. However, Monday is likely more an experimental lineup at this point.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 2 weeks ago

Aybar went 1-for-4 with two RBI in the 6-5 loss to the Astros Saturday.

Aybar may be the smallest five/six-hole hitter in the league, but he can produce RBI production out of the shortstop position, which is fairly rare. He has gotten off to a slow start, but will likely finish the season with the usual solid numbers on the back of his baseball card.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 2 weeks ago

Aybar went 1-for-3 and scored a run in the 2-0 win over the Astros Saturday.

Aybar was sitting right at a .200 AVG on May 2nd and has gone 7-for-20 over his last seven games to raise his average to .223; so clearly he's finding some rhythm after a dreadful start. Aybar might be a good buy-low candidate in deeper leagues as he has always been productive providing in a multitude of categories for the majority of his career.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 3 weeks ago

Aybar will bat leadoff for the fourth straight game Sunday against the Giants, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.

Aybar hit atop the order for a brief stretch earlier in the year when Kole Calhoun was dealing with a calf injury, but it appears Mike Scioscia is considering him for the leadoff role long-term, moving Calhoun to the cleanup spot. The movement only helps the prospective fantasy value of Aybar, who will be due to see a few more at bats as long as he holds on to the job. He'll likely need to improve upon a .258 OBP if this move is going to stick, however.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 1 month ago

Aybar will bat leadoff Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

Kole Calhoun (calf) will miss a third straight start, affording Aybar another opportunity to set the table for the Angels. Aybar went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Sunday in his first start of the year atop the order and is 1-for-10 in his career against Tuesday's starter Nick Martinez. Last season, Aybar hit .279/.301/.426 in 68 at-bats from the leadoff spot.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 2 months ago

Aybar went 1-for-3 in a Cactus league game against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Aybar lost the leadoff spot to Kole Calhoun in 2014, but the 31-year-old managed to produce in his new role, as he notched a career high in runs (77) and RBI (68) while hitting primarily in the fifth and sixth spots in the lineup. Owners counting on Aybar stealing 30 bases in 2015 will likely be disappointed, as he hasn't eclipsed 20 since 2012, but he could keep up his run and RBI totals up as a middle-of-the-order bat while keeping his batting average in the .270-.280 range.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 8 months ago

Aybar is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Athletics Mike DiGiovanna reports.

With the Angels already clinching their playoff spot, Aybar and the starters will be seeing some regular days off before the post-season. He has been hitting .243 over 70 at-bats in September, and will yield the start to Gordon Beckham at short.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 8 months ago

Aybar is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

Aybar will join the rest of the regulars on the bench Thursday, a day after the team secured its first AL West crown since 2009. Gordon Beckham will get the start at short, his first at the position in the major leagues.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 8 months ago

Aybar went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in a win over the Rangers on Thursday.

The homer was Aybar's first since June 29. While Aybar's power output has cooled off in recent months, the 30-year-old has already surpassed his career-highs in both RBI (66) and runs scored (73) this season. He will take a five-game hitting streak into action Friday.

Erick Aybar SS LAA 9 months ago

Aybar went 3-for-4 in a loss to the Marlins on Monday, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.

Aybar has been on an impressive run of late, as he has now recorded five consecutive multi-hit games, stealing two bases over that span. He has just two doubles and no home runs during the course of the entire streak, but could certainly be worth a look at a shallow position while he is red hot.