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Nori Aoki | Outfielder | #3

Team: Houston Astros
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 176
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Waseda University
Drafted: 2012 / UDFA / MLW
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Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI on Tuesday in Cleveland.
Aoki's double in the fifth knotted things up at 1-1. He also added a couple singles. Aoki has been a nice addition so far for the Astros, batting .364/.408/.477 in the early going. Apr 25 - 9:18 PM

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Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 and hit his first homer Friday against the A's.

Aoki was benched in favor of Marwin Gonzalez on Monday and Tuesday before returning to the lineup the last two games. He figures to outhit Gonzalez and he's the better defensive outfielder, too, but the Astros like what Gonzalez has given them so far. Aoki isn't exactly slacking, though; he's 7-for-20 with one strikeouts and two walks to date.
Apr 15 - 1:38 AM

Nori Aoki singled, doubled and walked twice in Japan's World Baseball Classic win over the Netherlands on Sunday.

He scored a couple runs in the game, including one that helped put Japan back ahead for good in the 11th. Sho Nakata was the offensive star for Japan, going 3-for-6 at the plate with a home run and five RBI. Japan will next play Cuba on Tuesday.
Mar 12 - 11:43 AM

Nori Aoki went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Sunday in the Astros' 3-2 win over the Braves.

Aoki played center field today. That's going to be George Springer's position this year, so the Astros hope they won't have much need for Aoki there. He's likely to play left field when Carlos Beltran serves as a DH. It's still to be determined how often that is going to happen.
Feb 26 - 4:51 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a stolen base as the leadoff batter versus the Tigers on Saturday.

He figures to start in left field and lead off for the Astros this season. He made a good first impression today after coming over from the Mariners this off-season. The veteran had a .283 batting average with four home runs and 63 runs scored in 118 games in 2016.
Feb 25 - 5:27 PM

Astros and OF Nori Aoki avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

Those contract numbers courtesy of the Houston Chronicle's Jake Kaplan. The club scooped Aoki off waivers from the Mariners at the beginning of the month, but it was unclear whether he would be non-tendered after the Astros signed Josh Reddick. He has dodged that fate. This past season, Aoki slashed .283/.349/.388 with 24 doubles and 63 runs scored over 417 at-bats. He turns 35 in January.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 08:39:00 PM

Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros could non-tender Nori Aoki following the Josh Reddick signing.

MLBTradeRumors.com projects Aoki to make $6.8 million in arbitration, which is a healthy amount for a guy the Astros might now project as a fourth outfielder. Aoki, who will turn 35 in January, batted .283/.349/.388 this past season for the Mariners.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:16:00 AM

Astros claimed OF Nori Aoki off waivers from the Mariners.

Aoki's 2017 club option didn't vest this season because he fell short in the number of plate appearances, but he's still eligible for arbitration this winter. The 34-year-old had a rough first half and even spent some time in the minors at one point, but he ultimately finished with a solid .283/.349/.388 batting line across 118 games. He primarily played left field for Seattle and that's presumably where he'd fit with Houston assuming he isn't non-tendered.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 05:34:00 PM

Nori Aoki went 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Saturday versus the Astros.

The veteran outfielder is batting .275/.342/.373 with only three home runs, 22 RBI and 56 runs scored in 424 plate appearances. He has chipped in seven stolen bases but has been caught nine times. He got picked off today. He spent a month in the minors before being recalled last week.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 12:51:00 AM

Nori Aoki hit his second homer of the year Friday against the Mariners.

Aoki was making his first start since being recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday. He'll play against the occasional right-hander the rest of the way, maybe more if he keeps hitting.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 01:35:00 AM

Mariners recalled OF Nori Aoki from Triple-A Tacoma.

Aoki owns an underwhelming .265/.333/.346 batting line over 98 games with the Mariners this season. The veteran outfielder figures to serve in a part-time role down the stretch.
Tue, Sep 6, 2016 02:21:00 PM

The Mariners will call up outfielder Nori Aoki from Triple-A Tacoma on Tuesday.

Aoki was sent down in late August with the Mariners set to face a bunch of left-handed starters, but he could have a diminished role down the stretch with Ben Gamel and Seth Smith also in line for at-bats. The 34-year-old is batting .265/.333/.346 over 98 games this season.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 06:03:00 PM

Mariners optioned OF Nori Aoki to Triple-A Tacoma.

Aoki has been a part-timer since returning to the M's and with the bullpen taxed in recent days, they simply needed to add a couple of relievers. Aoki should be back with the big league club once rosters expand for September.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 10:50:00 AM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double in Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.

Aoki's double was the Mariners' only extra-base hit against Masahiro Tanaka and company. The two-bagger was his 17th of the season. He has been on something of a doubles tear of late, swatting five in his last 10 games. The veteran outfielder shouldn't be relied upon for fantasy purposes, but his recent bat-work is nice enough in its own right.
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 08:55:00 PM

Nori Aoki went 3-for-4 with a double in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.

Aoki has now picked up a pair of three-hit efforts over his last three games. His double on Tuesday was No. 13 for the season. In addition, the veteran outfielder is slashing .259/.328/.334 with 14 RBI, 44 runs scored and six steals over 320 at-bats. There is no fantasy intrigue here.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 01:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Brian McCann
2Evan Gattis
1B1Yulieski Gurriel
2Marwin Gonzalez
2B1Jose Altuve
SS1Carlos Correa
3B1Alex Bregman
LF1Nori Aoki
2Teoscar Hernandez
3Tony Kemp
CF1George Springer
2Jake Marisnick
RF1Josh Reddick
DH1Carlos Beltran
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dallas Keuchel
2Collin McHugh
3Lance McCullers
4Charlie Morton
5Mike Fiers
6Joe Musgrove
7Brad Peacock
8David Paulino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Ken Giles
2Luke Gregerson
3Chris Devenski
4Will Harris
5Tony Sipp
6Michael Feliz
7Jandel Gustave
8James Hoyt