Shogo Akiyama
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Akiyama is a five-time NPB All-Star and batting champion who will move to Major League Baseball after signing a three-year deal with the Reds. Akiyama hit .303 with 20 home runs, 13 steals and an .864 OPS in 2019. He makes solid contact (81.7%) and draws walks (11.5 BB%), but it's not clear if his power will translate to MLB. He was an above-average center fielder earlier in his career, but has declined as he's entered his 30s. His defense may still be an asset in the corner outfield at age 32 this season. Akiyama fractured a bone in his right foot during an exhibition game in November, so he may be slowed at the start of spring training, but the Reds like his OBP skills atop the order against right-handed pitching. The leadoff job vs. RHP in Cincinnati should prove fruitful enough for a starting spot in most leagues that require five starting outfielders. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Reds in January of 2020.
Two hits, steal in loss
OFCincinnati Reds
September 26, 2020
Akiyama went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Twins. It was his seventh steal of the season.
ANALYSIS
Akiyama has an OBP just shy of .500 over his last 16 games, but he has just two extra-base hits in that span (both doubles) and is still without a home run. The complete absence of power we've seen from Akiyama in his MLB debut presents a dilemma for fantasy players -- his skills will clearly play at the highest level, but it's generally tough to start a player with a goose egg in the home-run column.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
28
10
6
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
No Stats
2018
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .549 21 1 0 0 0 .211 .286 .263
Since 2018vs Right .650 151 13 0 8 6 .238 .364 .286
2020vs Left .549 21 1 0 0 0 .211 .286 .263
2020vs Right .650 151 13 0 8 6 .238 .364 .286
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2019
No Stats
2018
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .623 90 9 0 4 3 .230 .367 .257
Since 2018Away .651 82 5 0 4 3 .239 .341 .310
2020Home .623 90 9 0 4 3 .230 .367 .257
2020Away .651 82 5 0 4 3 .239 .341 .310
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Shogo Akiyama compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.76
 
BB Rate
13.9%
 
K Rate
18.3%
 
BABIP
.317
 
ISO
.052
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.361
 
SLG
.301
 
OPS
.662
 
wOBA
.300
 
Exit Velocity
79.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
22.7%
 
Barrels/PA
0.6%
 
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
Coming off a .359/.419/.522 season, Akiyama seems superficially worthy of a much higher ranking, but for now it's prudent to be conservative. Prior to his explosive 2015, Akiyama was a career .270 hitter with modest power who mainly drew accolades for defense. A clearly more aggressive plate approach lead to a dramatic breakout in 2015, but time will tell if it's sustainable. At age 27 with five years of service time, he's a few years away from free agency and will likely spend his prime years in Japan.
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Sits against southpaw
OFCincinnati Reds
September 22, 2020
Akiyama will hit the bench against lefty Brett Anderson and the Brewers on Tuesday.
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On bench against left-hander
OFCincinnati Reds
September 19, 2020
Akiyama isn't in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.
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Leading off in fourth straight
OFCincinnati Reds
September 14, 2020
Akiyama will start in left field and will serve as the Reds' leadoff hitter in the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Pirates.
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Swipes two bags
OFCincinnati Reds
September 11, 2020
Akiyama went 1-for-2 with an RBI, a run scored, a pair of walks and two stolen bases in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.
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Reaches base three times in loss
OFCincinnati Reds
September 9, 2020
Akiyama went 2-for-3 with a walk Tuesday in the Reds' 3-0 loss to the Cubs.
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