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Norichika Aoki

32-Year-Old Outfielder – Kansas City Royals

2014 Stats

AVG

.267

HR

0

RBI

3

R

9

SB

3

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Aoki did his job as the Brewers’ leadoff hitter last season, getting on base at a .356 clip and striking out just 40 times in 674 plate appearances. However, he tallied just 31 extra-base hits after r...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 9"   WT: 182   DOB: 1/5/1982   BORN: Hyuga, Japan   COLLEGE: Waseda University   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Milwaukee picked up Aoki's club option for 2014 in October of 2013.

April 16, 2014  –  Norichika Aoki News

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Aoki is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.

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Norichika Aoki Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2008 26 JPN JPN 112 490 444 85 154 48 29 5 14 64 31 9 42 47 1 3 0 .347 .405 .529 .934
2009 27 JPN JPN 142 611 531 87 161 41 23 2 16 66 18 10 75 65 1 4 0 .303 .390 .444 .835
2010 28 JPN JPN 144 649 583 92 209 59 44 1 14 63 19 4 63 61 0 3 0 .358 .421 .509 .930
2011 29 JPN JPN 144 703 643 73 170 27 18 5 4 44 8 3 51 55 0 0 9 .292 .358 .360 .718
2012 30 MAJ MIL 151 588 520 81 150 51 37 4 10 50 30 8 43 55 7 5 13 .288 .355 .433 .788
2013 31 MAJ MIL 155 674 597 80 171 31 20 3 8 37 20 12 55 40 8 3 11 .286 .356 .370 .726
2014 32 MAJ KC 19 83 75 9 20 5 3 2 0 3 3 3 7 15 1 0 0 .267 .329 .360 .689
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Norichika Aoki
3-Year Averages MAJ   153 630 558 80 160 40 28 3 9 43 25 10 49 47 7 4 12 .287 .355 .396 .751

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Norichika Aoki Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 23 @Cle 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .267 .329 .360 .689
Apr. 22 @Cle 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 .271 .338 .371 .709
Apr. 21 @Cle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .319 .373 .692
Apr. 20 Min 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .338 .397 .735
Apr. 19 Min 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .276 .333 .397 .730
Apr. 18 Min 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .328 .396 .724
Apr. 17 @Hou 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .265 .333 .408 .741
Apr. 16 @Hou 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .244 .320 .378 .698
Apr. 15 @Hou 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .313 .386 .699
Apr. 13 @Min 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .302 .400 .702
Apr. 12 @Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .325 .432 .757
Apr. 11 @Min 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .303 .361 .485 .846
Apr. 9 TB 4 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .345 .406 .552 .958
Apr. 8 TB 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 .360 .429 .520 .949
Apr. 7 TB 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .391 .500 .891
Apr. 6 CWS Did not play.
Apr. 5 CWS 3 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .368 .375 .743
Apr. 4 CWS 4 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231 .333 .308 .641
Apr. 3 @Det Did not play.
Apr. 2 @Det 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .100 .000 .100
Mar. 31 @Det 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 7 Days 30 4 9 1 0 0 1 2 5 2 1 0 0 0 .300 .344 .333 .677
Last 14 Days 55 6 14 1 1 0 3 4 11 2 3 0 0 0 .255 .305 .309 .614
Last 30 Days 75 9 20 3 2 0 3 7 15 3 3 0 0 1 .267 .329 .360 .689

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Norichika Aoki: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 19 19
2013 149 2 149
2012 133 13 19 107

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Norichika Aoki Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013180201134.339.400.781
20121851921212.270.389.711

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20134176072416.264.357.703
20123356283818.299.457.828

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132934451511.290.379.747
20122454542315.290.420.790

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013304363229.283.362.705
20122753662715.287.444.785
Norichika Aoki Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2008 26 JPN JPN 490 444 8.6% 9.6% 0.89 89% .366 .182
2009 27 JPN JPN 611 531 12.3% 10.6% 1.15 88% .322 .141
2010 28 JPN JPN 649 583 9.7% 9.4% 1.03 90% .384 .151
2011 29 JPN JPN 703 643 7.3% 7.8% 0.93 91% .284 .068
2012 30 MAJ MIL 588 520 7.3% 9.4% 0.78 89% .308 .145
2013 31 MAJ MIL 674 597 8.2% 5.9% 1.38 93% .297 .084
2014 32 MAJ KC 83 75 8.4% 18.1% 0.47 80% .333 .093
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Norichika Aoki
3-Year Averages MAJ   630 558 7.8% 7.5% 1.04 92% .301 .109

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2014 Stat Review for Norichika Aoki    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.267 AVG
AVERAGE
80% Contact Rate
AVERAGE
.333 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.360 SLG
POOR
.093 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.47 BB/K
AVERAGE
8.4% BB Rate
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18.1% K Rate
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OPS/OBP

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.689 OPS
WEAK
.329 OBP
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Best Matchups for Norichika Aoki (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jhoulys Chacin COL 9 4 3 3 1 0 0 .444 1.556 2.056
Carlos Torres NY-N 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 .500 1.250 1.750
J.A. Happ TOR 7 4 1 2 0 0 0 .571 1.143 1.714
Julio Teheran ATL 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 .750 .750 1.500
Kevin Siegrist STL 4 2 0 1 0 1 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Joe Kelly STL 13 7 0 2 4 0 0 .538 .769 1.416
Mike Dunn MIA 6 3 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .833 1.333
Tyler Chatwood COL 6 4 0 2 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.333
Wade LeBlanc ANA 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 .250 1.000 1.250
Shelby Miller STL 14 7 1 1 1 2 0 .500 .714 1.248

Worst Matchups for Norichika Aoki (by OPS, min 4 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Jacob Turner MIA 5 0 0 0 2 1 0 .000 .000 .286
Clayton Kershaw LA 9 1 0 1 0 2 0 .111 .111 .222
Madison Bumgarner SF 11 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Erik Bedard TB 6 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Chad Billingsley LA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Bud Norris BAL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Craig Stammen WAS 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Justin Verlander DET 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Villanueva CHI-N 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Norichika Aoki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Aoki finally got his first hit of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored against the White Sox on Friday.

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Aoki left Tuesday's game after getting hit in the back of his right leg by a 96-mph fastball, the Kansas City Star reports.

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In an effort to test his player's versatility, manager Ned Yost played Aoki in center field on Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports. "This is where you do all your experimenting," Yost said. "Down here, now."

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The Brewers traded Aoki to the Royals on Thursday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.

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The Brewers announced Tuesday that they have officially picked up Aoki's club option for the 2014 season, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.

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Owner Mark Attanasio confirmed the Brewers would exercise Aoki's club option for 2014, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.

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Aoki is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds, MLB.com's Mike Vassallo reports.

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Aoki is out of the lineup Saturday against the Angels.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Aoki came to MLB last offseason with little fanfare, but he more than made a name for himself in his rookie season. After beginning the year with a minimal role, Aoki took over the everyday duties in right field when Corey Hart was moved to first base. He subsequently locked down the job for 2013 by hitting 10 home runs, stealing 30 bases, and providing a spark atop the order with a .355 OBP. Aoki struggles a bit against lefties, but his bat skills and speed will help him hold down the leadoff spot for the Brewers - an envious position in front of a powerful lineup.

2012

From 2005-2010, Aoki was Japan's consensus top contact hitter, hitting .344 or higher four times and drawing Ichiro comparisons. With the introduction of a new pitcher-friendly ball last season, Aoki's batting average dropped to .292 and the Ichiro comparisons came to an end. His power also declined as he had slugged over .500 in three of the previous four years, and .509 in 2010, but could only manage .360 with the new ball. Aoki still hit .292, and reached base at a .358 clip. He still showed a good batting eye, walking 51 times while striking out 55. He'll likely be a Juan Pierre-type: some singles and on-base skills, not a lot of power, and a few stolen bases. Milwaukee won his rights via the posting system and it's not clear exactly where he'll play if he signs a contract. He may begin the season as a reserve outfielder, but could start in center field.

2011

Japan's top hitter for average, Aoki had another great season in 2010 by setting a career high in batting average at .359 and falling just short of Ichiro Suzuki's old NPB record with 209 hits. Aoki also set a career high with 44 doubles, and slugged at a .509 clip. Aoki has about three years of service time left before free agency, but could be posted a year or two earlier if he decides to move to MLB.

2010

Japan's top hitter for average is coming off a "down" year, but he still hit .303 with a .400 OBP. Aoki has had his previous requests to be posted turned down, but given that Yakult posted Kazuhisa Ishii and Akinori Iwamura, they could bend and post him before he hits free agency. We could see him move to the U.S. in 2012 as a result.