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Still, Rickard has made a favorable impression in the first few days of camp, drawing defensive comparisons to former Oriole David Lough from manager Buck Showalter.
"I've been told that defense is my go-to, but I try to adapt to whatever the game calls [for]," Rickard said. "It's a long season, and hopefully I can contribute in more than one way."
Rickard had quite a busy 2015, advancing through three levels in the Rays' organization and playing winter ball. In the Minors last year, he hit a combined .321/.427/.447 with 28 doubles, eight triples, two home runs, 55 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.
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"It was definitely a long season," Rickard said. "The 50 extra games down in winter ball were, after that, I think I was just running on adrenaline there. As soon as I got home I was completely in relax mode. I look back on it, and it was a good year. It got me here today."
Rickard, whose on-base-percentage success intrigues the Orioles, attributes his improvement last season to learning to relax more and letting the pitches come to him.
"You don't realize how much time you really have during a pitch at the plate," he said. "So it was really just kind of relaxing and sticking to your game plan."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.