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Norichika Aoki | Outfielder

Team: San Francisco Giants
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/5/1982
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 180
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Nori Aoki hit his first home run of the season in Sunday's win over the Angels.
Aoki stepped into the batter's box against Jered Weaver to open the bottom of the first inning. He promptly homered. It was Aoki's first tater of the season and the 20th of his career. Aoki's not much of a slugger, clearly, but he's played well in his first month as a Giant, with a .307/.391/.406 line over 101 at-bats. He's also stolen seven bases and scored 12 runs. May 3 - 8:41 PM

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Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a stolen base as the Giants fell to the Dodgers on Monday.

Aoki reached on a fielder's choice and stole second base in the third inning, but was stranded. He singled and scored the first of the Giants' three runs in the fifth. Aoki hadn't registered a hit since April 22, but still boasts an impressive -- though power-absent -- .309/.391/.383 batting line with six stolen bases on the season.
Apr 28 - 1:16 AM

Norichika Aoki is not in the Giants' lineup Friday.

It's his first day off this season. Gregor Blanco is in left field Friday, with Justin Maxwell covering right.
Apr 24 - 4:41 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with an RBI infield single and a stolen base as the Giants topped the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Aoki singled and stole second base but was stranded in the second inning. He later beat out an infield single to bring in a run in the fourth inning. Aoki has done nothing but hit since the regular season bell sounded as evidenced by his .344/.408/.438 triple-slash line.
Apr 22 - 1:57 AM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a double and triple in Sunday's loss to the Diamondbacks.

Aoki collected the middle pieces of the cycle, but was unable to cash in a single or a home run. The triple was his first of the season and the double his fourth. He's off to a .339/.409/.441 start with his new team. An interesting statistical tangent: Aoki now has 14 career triples, compared to 19 career home runs. Career triples will probably surpass career home runs at some point in the next few seasons.
Apr 19 - 7:49 PM

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's loss to the Rockies.

The Giants have struggled offensively in the early going, but that doesn't include Aoki. He's batting .412 (14-for-34) with a .474 on-base percentage and has hit safely in all eight games. Despite all that, he has scored just four times.
Apr 13 - 8:30 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Padres.

The veteran outfielder is 12 for his first 30. Injuries and a weak bat limited him to just 132 games with the Royals last season, but he's done a nice job in the early going with the Giants. While he doesn't have much power (in three seasons in the bigs, he only has 19 home runs total), Aoki has always managed to hit for average, having never finished a season with a BA lower than .285. There's no reason that should change this year.
Apr 12 - 9:31 PM

Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday's win over the Diamondbacks.

The leadoff man also scored a run and walked once. Aoki's second-inning double to score Brandon Crawford put the team on the board and the Giants would go on to collect 14 hits in the contest. Aoki struggled for the Royals last season, slashing .285/.349/.360 while playing in just 132 games due to injury and ineffectiveness. If he's able to return to his pre-2014 numbers, Aoki represents a good source for runs (80 in 2013), steals (20 in 2013, 30 in 2012) and batting average (has never hit below .285 in his three years in the majors). It should be noted that when Hunter Pence (forearm) returns in a month or so, Aoki might move further down in the lineup.
Apr 9 - 1:05 AM

Norichika Aoki is batting leadoff and playing left field in Monday's season opener versus the Diamondbacks.

He'll stay in the spot while Hunter Pence (forearm) is sidelined, as Angel Pagan has moved down to the three-hole. Gregor Blanco is at Pence's position in right field.
Apr 6 - 6:16 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that Norichika Aoki will open the season as the team's leadoff hitter against right-handers.

Usual leadoff man Angel Pagan will be moved down to the No. 3 spot. It's an arrangement that's likely to last only for the first month or so of the season while Hunter Pence (forearm) is on the disabled list. The news is a nice little boost for the fantasy value of both players, especially Aoki, who had likely been looking at a bottom-third of the lineup spot prior to Pence's injury.
Apr 2 - 7:25 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with a walk and a double in Sunday's game against the Royals.

Aoki now has back-to-back two-hit outings, pushing his Cactus League average up to .190 (8-for-42). Signed to a one-year deal in January, Aoki will start every day for the Giants in left field and could bat lead-off at times.
Mar 22 - 6:56 PM

Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5 with a triple in Saturday's game against the Angels.

Aoki has had a rough spring, as Saturday's performance only pushes his Cactus League average up to .154 (6-for-39). The triple was his first extra-base hit of the season. Aoki's gap power, though, should suit him nicely in San Francisco and should come close to 20 steals again.
Mar 21 - 8:05 PM

Norichika Aoki went 0-for-3 on Thursday against the Brewers.

Aoki entered the afternoon in a funk, hitting .148 (4-for-27) in Cactus League action, so another oh-fer doesn't help things. Aoki's fantasy value will come from his ability to maintain an average around .285 while stealing 15-plus bags.
Mar 19 - 7:37 PM

Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Norichika Aoki could bat leadoff at times in 2015.

Angel Pagan will enter spring training as the Giants' primary leadoff hitter, but Bochy told reporters that he and his staff are open to using Aoki if he proves to be the better option. Aoki, who signed a one-year, $4 million contract with San Francisco last week, owns a .353 career on-base percentage in 438 major league games. Pagan's career OBP is .334.
Jan 20 - 4:18 PM

Giants signed OF Norichika Aoki to a one-year, $4 million contract with a club option for 2016.

The option is for $5.5 million and Aoki has the chance to earn $1.5 million per year in incentives, so the contract could potentially max out at $12.5 million. The former Royal batted .285/.349/.360 last season with 17 steals, though he hit just one homer. The power doesn't figure to rebound at AT&T Park, but Aoki is a good bet for a nice average and decent stolen bases total. He'll be the Giants' main left fielder.
Jan 19 - 8:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Buster Posey
2Hector Sanchez
3Andrew Susac
1B1Brandon Belt
2B1Joe Panik
2Matt Duffy
SS1Brandon Crawford
3B1Casey McGehee
2Joaquin Arias
LF1Norichika Aoki
2Travis Ishikawa
CF1Angel Pagan
2Justin Maxwell
RF1Hunter Pence
2Gregor Blanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Madison Bumgarner
2Matt Cain
3Tim Hudson
4Jake Peavy
5Tim Lincecum
6Ryan Vogelsong
7Chris Heston
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Santiago Casilla
2Sergio Romo
3Jeremy Affeldt
4Javier Lopez
5Jean Machi
6George Kontos
7Yusmeiro Petit
8Erik Cordier