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Norichika Aoki

35-Year-Old Outfielder – Free Agent

2017 Stats

AVG

.277

HR

5

RBI

35

R

48

SB

10

2018 RotoWire Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Aoki hasn’t reached double-digit home runs since his rookie 2012 season, when he was in a favorable hitting spot with the Brewers. Still, Aoki’s career-high 2017 strikeout rate was a mere 11.8 percent...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 7"   WT: 176   DOB: 1/5/1982   BORN: Hyuga, Japan   COLLEGE: Waseda University   DRAFTED: By MIL In 2012   Show ContractHide Contract

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Norichika Aoki Contract Information:

Signed a one-year contract with the Mets in September of 2017.

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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
2017 35 MAJ TOR 12 34 32 4 9 4 1 0 3 8 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 .281 .294 .594 .888
2017 35 MAJ NYM 27 116 102 16 29 8 7 1 0 8 5 0 13 10 0 0 1 .284 .371 .373 .744
2017 35 MAJ HOU 71 224 202 28 55 15 12 1 2 19 5 2 15 29 1 4 2 .272 .323 .371 .694
2017  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ TOR/NYM/HOU 110 374 336 48 93 27 20 2 5 35 10 2 29 44 1 5 3 .277 .335 .393 .728
3-Year Averages     107 410 369 51 104 25 18 3 4 29 10 5 31 38 2 2 6 .282 .346 .379 .725
Career  (View All)     759 3,043 2,716 377 774 190 135 22 33 219 98 44 234 258 30 15 48 .285 .350 .387 .738

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Norichika Aoki: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 104 64 2 47 1
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
2017557061.218.273.586
20169714032.227.258.557
2015999096.333.374.774

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017281415299.288.416.756
2016320494255.300.428.793
2015256335178.270.383.717

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017153161153.255.333.641
201618523293.303.411.797
201517514299.229.320.602

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017183324207.295.443.800
2016232402194.267.371.689
2015180283175.344.439.858
Norichika Aoki vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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% .363 .182
2009 27 JPN JPN 611 531 12.3% 10.6% 1.15 88% .319 .141
2010 28 JPN JPN 649 583 9.7% 9.4% 1.03 90% .382 .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% .304 .145
2013 31 MAJ MIL 674 597 8.2% 5.9% 1.38 93% .295 .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% .314 .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% .357 .083
2016 34 MAJ SEA 466 417 7.3% 9.7% 0.76 89% .309 .105
2017 35 MAJ TOR 34 32 2.9% 14.7% 0.20 84% .240 .313
2017 35 MAJ NYM 116 102 11.2% 8.6% 1.30 90% .315 .089
2017 35 MAJ HOU 224 202 6.7% 12.9% 0.52 86% .303 .099
2017  (Multiple Teams) 35 MAJ TOR/NYM/HOU 374 336 7.8% 11.8% 0.66 87% .301 .116
3-Year Averages     410 369 7.6% 9.3% 0.82 90% .304 .097
Career     3,043 2,716 7.7% 8.5% 0.91 91% .304 .102

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Norichika Aoki Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 LF 714.3 -2 135 0 -2 369 2 163 -1
2015 RF 15.3 0 1 0 0 15 0 1 0
2016 LF 768.7 -3 159 1 -3 334 1 223 -2
2016 CF 123 0 28 0 0 90 0 39 -2
2017 LF 24 1 4 1 1 9 0 1 0
2017 CF 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
2017 RF 38 -3 4 -1 -3 27 -1 16 0
2017 P 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
2017 LF 393.7 -7 65 -3 -7 209 1 71 1
2017 RF 94 -1 16 -1 -1 29 -1 16 0
2017 LF 34 0 8 0 0 15 0 2 0
2017 CF 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
2017 RF 171.3 -6 40 -3 -6 86 0 17 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 LF 3 -1 -1 0 0 -1 0 0 0 -1
2015 RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 LF 0 3 -1 0 0 -2 -1 -1 0 -4
2016 CF -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
2017 CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2017 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 LF 1 -2 -2 0 0 5 3 -3 0 5
2017 RF 0 1 -1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2017 LF 0 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 -1
2017 CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 RF -1 1 -3 0 0 0 -1 -3 0 -4

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2017 Stat Review for Norichika Aoki    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.66 BB/K
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7.8% BB Rate
AVERAGE
11.8% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.728 OPS
WEAK
.335 OBP
AVERAGE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.277 AVG
GOOD
.301 BABIP
AVERAGE
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.393 SLG
POOR
.116 ISO
POOR

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

Aoki is out of the lineup against the Braves on Wednesday, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

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Aoki is not in the starting nine for Friday's game against the Braves.

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Aoki will start in right field and bat second Monday against the Phillies.

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Aoki will start in right field and lead off in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against the Astros, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

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Aoki signed with the Mets on Saturday, and will join the team in Houston this weekend, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.

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Aoki was released by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Aoki was designated for assignment by Toronto on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Aoki (illness) is batting atop of the order and playing in right field for Thursday's series finale against Tampa Bay, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

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2017

Aoki's groundball-heavy skill set says he'll never come close to the 10 homers he poked in his rookie 2012 season. Of course, it's hard to begrudge someone who hasn't posted a season-long batting average lower than .283 and can steal 20 bases in a full big-league season. One of baseball's best contact hitters, Aoki remains a real-life asset, but it may be tough for him to find consistent at-bats despite a .300/.364/.428 line against righties in 2016. Analytics dog Aoki's defense, the Astros' lineup is loaded with talent and the organization is almost married to sabermetrics. Plus, how much can fantasy players count on someone his age who relies on speed to augment his value? Aoki can offer temporary value in mixed fantasy leagues with appropriate playing time, though he's likely best left as a rental player in those formats, with only mild enthusiasm in AL-only games that value any playing time possible.

2016

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 week after his return in August, he was hit in the head by a Jake Arrieta fastball which effectively ended his season. The Giants declined his $5.5 million 2016 option, making Aoki an unrestricted free agent, but he found a new home with the Mariners in December (another one-year deal). Assuming he is fully recovered, the veteran outfielder will likely open the year as a regular in left field, but Aoki will lose out on at-bats against lefties to Franklin Gutierrez, and Seth Smith (currently) still looms as a lefty option in case Aoki slips up.

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.