Shogo Akiyama
Shogo Akiyama
33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cincinnati Reds
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Akiyama was the third part of the Reds' offseason attempts to boost their offense, at least in terms of expenditure, and the least successful. He did some things right, walking at a 13.7% rate that is what you want at the top of the order, and he stole seven bases in 10 attempts. Unfortunately, Akiyama is still looking for his first major-league homer and had only seven extra-base hits total. His 85.1 mph average exit velocity and .052 ISO confirm that this lack of power was not a fluke. For a player with so little power, he has to hit for a better average (.254) and/or steal more bases to have value in our games. There was some hope that Akiyama would hit for at least nominal power, having hit 69 homers over his last three years in Japan. Alas, he's turning out to be more like Akinori Iwamura, who hit 16 major league homers over four seasons despite hitting 106 homers in the previous three seasons before coming to MLB. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Reds in January of 2020.
Behind Aquino in outfield picture
OFCincinnati Reds
July 26, 2021
Akiyama is on the bench for Monday's game against the Cubs.
ANALYSIS
After a recent stretch in which he picked up three consecutive starts, Akiyama will now remain on the bench for the fifth time in six games. The hot-hitting Aristides Aquino appears to have emerged as manager David Bell's preferred choice to fill a spot in the Reds' everyday outfield alongside Jesse Winker and Tyler Naquin while Nick Castellanos (wrist) is on the injured list.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
7
9
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .543 39 2 0 1 0 .206 .308 .235
Since 2019vs Right .583 257 22 0 17 8 .219 .315 .268
2021vs Left .567 17 1 0 1 0 .214 .353 .214
2021vs Right .483 110 10 0 9 2 .188 .245 .238
2020vs Left .523 22 1 0 0 0 .200 .273 .250
2020vs Right .660 147 12 0 8 6 .244 .367 .293
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2019
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .574 144 14 0 8 3 .207 .326 .248
Since 2019Away .598 165 13 0 11 6 .235 .309 .289
2021Home .493 54 5 0 4 0 .170 .259 .234
2021Away .496 73 6 0 6 2 .206 .260 .235
2020Home .623 90 9 0 4 3 .230 .367 .257
2020Away .681 92 7 0 5 4 .259 .348 .333
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 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
0.30
 
BB Rate
5.5%
 
K Rate
18.1%
 
BABIP
.237
 
ISO
.043
 
AVG
.191
 
OBP
.260
 
SLG
.235
 
OPS
.495
 
wOBA
.230
 
Exit Velocity
81.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2016
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.
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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Nabs third straight start
OFCincinnati Reds
July 19, 2021
Akiyama will start in center field and bat seventh Monday against the Mets.
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Drives in only run Tuesday
OFCincinnati Reds
June 9, 2021
Akiyama went 1-for-2 with an RBI single in a loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.
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Three hits, two RBI in win
OFCincinnati Reds
May 16, 2021
Akiyama went 3-for-4 with two RBI in Sunday's 7-6 win over Colorado.
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Activated, starting Friday
OFCincinnati Reds
May 7, 2021
Akiyama (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list and is starting in left field Friday at Cleveland.
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Suiting up at Triple-A
OFCincinnati Reds
Hamstring
May 4, 2021
Akiyama (hamstring) is scheduled to play about 7-to-9 innings Tuesday in a rehab game at Triple-A Louisville, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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