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Norichika Aoki

34-Year-Old Outfielder – Houston Astros

2016 Stats

AVG

.283

HR

4

RBI

28

R

63

SB

7

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Aoki got off to a hot start with his new club in 2015, slashing .317/.383/.385 pre-All-Star break before injuries derailed his season. He was hit by a pitch that broke his leg in June, and less than a...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 9"   WT: 180   DOB: 1/5/1982   BORN: Hyuga, Japan   COLLEGE: Waseda University   DRAFTED: No   Show ContractHide Contract

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Norichika Aoki Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Astros in November of 2016, avoiding arbitration.

November 30, 2016  –  Norichika Aoki News

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Aoki agreed to a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Astros on Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle 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 AA NOR 3 11 10 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 .100 .182 .100 .282
2014 32 MAJ KC 132 549 491 63 140 29 22 6 1 43 17 8 43 49 8 1 6 .285 .349 .360 .709
2015 33 AAA SAC 4 14 13 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .517
2015 33 MAJ SF 93 392 355 42 102 20 12 3 5 26 14 5 30 25 1 0 6 .287 .353 .380 .733
2016 34 AAA TAC 24 108 96 17 31 6 5 0 1 7 4 0 8 13 1 2 1 .323 .374 .406 .780
2016 34 MAJ SEA 118 466 417 63 118 32 24 4 4 28 7 9 34 45 5 1 9 .283 .349 .388 .737
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3-Year Averages     114 467 421 56 120 26 19 4 3 32 12 7 35 39 4 0 7 .285 .350 .371 .720
Career  (View All)     649 2,669 2,380 329 681 163 115 20 28 184 88 42 205 214 29 10 45 .286 .353 .387 .739

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Norichika Aoki Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Oct. 2 @LAA Did not play.
Oct. 1 @LAA 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .283 .349 .388 .737
Sep. 30 @LAA 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .282 .347 .386 .733
Sep. 28 Sea 3 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .344 .375 .719
Sep. 27 Sea 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .340 .373 .713
Sep. 26 Sea 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .339 .371 .710
Sep. 25 LAA Did not play.
Sep. 24 LAA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .339 .370 .709
Sep. 23 LAA 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .276 .342 .372 .714
Sep. 22 LAA Did not play.
Sep. 21 @Oak 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .340 .372 .712
Sep. 20 @Oak Did not play.
Sep. 19 @Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .340 .373 .713
Sep. 18 @Sea 4 1 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277 .344 .377 .721
Sep. 17 @Sea 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .342 .373 .715
Sep. 16 @Sea 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .336 .365 .701
Sep. 14 Tex 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .336 .366 .702
Sep. 13 Tex 3 3 2 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .272 .339 .370 .709
Sep. 12 Tex 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .335 .359 .694
Sep. 11 ChC 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 .269 .336 .360 .696
Sep. 10 ChC 5 3 3 2 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .269 .337 .361 .698
Sep. 9 ChC 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .332 .352 .684
Sep. 8 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 7 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 6 @Cle 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .332 .345 .677
Sep. 5 @Cle Did not play.
Sep. 4 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 3 @Tex Did not play.
Sep. 2 @Tex Did not play.
Aug. 31 Oak Did not play.
Last 7 Games 18 5 8 3 0 1 4 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .444 .524 .778 1.302
Last 14 Games 35 7 12 4 0 1 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .343 .410 .543 .953
Last 30 Games 66 16 24 7 0 3 12 7 7 1 0 0 0 0 .364 .425 .606 1.031

Norichika Aoki: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 113 99 15
2015 87 86 2 1
2014 120 5 119 8
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
20169714032.227.258.557
2015999096.333.374.774
2014124170125.363.435.863

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016320494255.300.428.793
2015256335178.270.383.717
20143674613112.259.335.658

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201618523293.303.411.797
201517514299.229.320.602
2014236290228.322.419.803

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016232402194.267.371.689
2015180283175.344.439.858
2014255341219.251.306.624
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 AA NOR 11 10 0% 9.1% 0.00 90% .111 .000
2014 32 MAJ KC 549 491 7.8% 8.9% 0.88 90% .315 .075
2015 33 AAA SAC 14 13 7.1% 0% 0.00 100% .231 .000
2015 33 MAJ SF 392 355 7.7% 6.4% 1.20 93% .298 .093
2016 34 AAA TAC 108 96 7.4% 12% 0.62 86% .366 .083
2016 34 MAJ SEA 466 417 7.3% 9.7% 0.76 89% .310 .105
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3-Year Averages     467 421 7.5% 8.4% 0.90 91% .309 .086
Career     2,669 2,380 7.7% 8% 0.96 91% .305 .101

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2016 Stat Review for Norichika Aoki    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.283 AVG
GOOD
89% Contact Rate
ELITE
.310 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.388 SLG
WEAK
.105 ISO
POOR
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.76 BB/K
ELITE
7.3% BB Rate
AVERAGE
9.7% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

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.737 OPS
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.349 OBP
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Norichika Aoki: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Aoki was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Thursday, Shannon Drayer of ESPN Radio reports.

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Aoki is out of Sunday's lineup against the A's, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Aoki had two hits Friday, including a home run, as the Mariners kept their playoff hopes alive with a win over the A's.

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Aoki is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Blue Jays, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Aoki went 3-for-3 with a double, a run, and a walk against the Astros on Saturday.

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Aoki homered and walked in a 2-for-3 game with three runs scored Tuesday against the Angels.

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Aoki stroked a bases-loaded single to plate two runs Monday in a win at the Angels.

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Aoki will lead off and start in left field Sunday against the Athletics, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

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The Mariners recalled Aoki from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

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Aoki was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma after Friday's game, the Seattle Times reports.

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Aoki is out of the lineup Friday against the White Sox, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

Aoki served as Kansas City's primary leadoff hitter before manager Ned Yost made the switch to Alcides Escobar in mid-September, but the Japan native was still able to turn in a productive 2014, as his ability to make contact against any type of pitching led him to a .349 on-base percentage. There was never much to find in the power department, but the 33-year-old still managed to score 63 runs and steal 17 bases, to go along with an impressive .363 batting average against left-handed pitching. A career .287/.353/.387 hitter, Aoki signed a one-year deal with the Giants in January to take over as the team's primary left fielder. If he hits at or near the top of the order in San Francisco, it's reasonable to think he'll contribute in batting average, runs scored, and stolen bases at a steady clip in 2015.

2014

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 racking up 51 the year before, and his stolen base total dropped from 30 to 20. Aoki was traded to the Royals this offseason, and the plan is for him to remain in the leadoff role with his new club. Though Aoki may not provide much in terms of power, he could see his stolen base total recover playing for a team that led the AL in steals in 2013.

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.