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Who is Joey Rickard and where did he come from?

It was only one game, but Joey Rickard already looks like he could be the next Rule 5 steal for the Orioles.

It was only one game, but Joey Rickard already looks like he could be the next Rule 5 steal for the Orioles.

The Orioles love the Rule 5 Draft and it seems like every year they reserve a spot for a guy. Ryan Flaherty and T.J. McFarland were recent Rule 5 hits picked by the Birds and Joey Rickard looks to become the latest.

In his Orioles debut, Rickard recorded his first major league hit in his first at bat and finished the game 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

The 24-year-old was on nobody’s radar heading into the season as the Birds signed this interesting international outfielder; worked out a deal with Dexter Fowler, which eventually fell threw; signed two very powerful batters (Pedro Alvarez and Mark Trumbo) who both could be put in the corner outfield if needed. But Rickard had a great spring, batting .397/.472/.571 with six doubles and 15 runs.

With the ridiculous struggled of Hyun Soo Kim, Rickard got the call as the starting left fielder, but the ninth spot in the lineup might not be his permanent place. Rickard may soon work his way into the lead off spot, which would be very beneficial for the Orioles.

Rickards, who was drafted in the ninth round of the 2012 draft out of Arizona by the Tampa Bay Rays, always showed a quality bat in the minor leagues. Last year he spent most of his time in Double A with the Montgomery Biscuits and hit .322 with 19 hits and six triples. And when he moved up to Triple A Durham he continued to hit the ball, batting .360.

Looking back, it is hard to see why the Rays would not protect a quality hitter like Rickard, with speed that makes him dangerous both running the bases and tracking down balls in the outfield.

But early on the Orioles seem to be benefiting from it.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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