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Norichika Aoki (LF,RF)

San Francisco Giants - 31% owned

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Bats: L, Throws: R

San Francisco Giants OF Nori Aoki returned to the lineup on Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He went 1-3 with a walk and a stolen base in the Giants' 4-0 loss.

Fantasy Impact: It's good news to see Aoki back on the field for the Giants as he has missed significant time since the All-Star break from getting hit by pitches. He should get a few more at-bats before you plug him back in your fantasy lineup, but consider him a low-end OF at this time.

 

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Nori Aoki to return Thursday

Tue, Aug 18th 11:49am EDT
By Blaine Blontz

The San Francisco Giants expect OF Nori Aoki to return from the concussion disabled list the first day he is eligible, Thursday. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has dealt with several injuries since his nice start to the season. It seems like he's over the ailment, but considering it's a concussion he's returning from owners might want to give him some time to prove his health before inserting him back into starting lineups.

 

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Nori Aoki placed on concussion DL

Fri, Aug 14th 12:03am EDT
By Jeff Krisko

The Giants placed OF Nori Aoki on the concussion DL with lingering symptoms from being struck Sunday. (Source: Pro Baseball Talk)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki originally passed concussion tests, but persistent nausea and dizziness caused him to head back to the DL. The Giants called up fantasy irrelevant Ryan Lollis in a corresponding move. Aoki has respectable rate stats on the season, but that is a mirage as he has been a disaster since returning from his prior DL stint in late July.

 

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San Francisco Giants OF Nori Aoki was pulled from Wednesday's contest after showing signs of a concussion. Aoki was hit in the head by a pitch on Sunday, but he was able to pass a concussion test earlier in the week. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Considering he's still feeling the effects after a few days, Aoki is likely to return to the DL, this time due to the concussion. The good news is that it's a seven-day DL for concussions, so he could be back sooner than later.

 

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Nori Aoki passes concussion test

Tue, Aug 11th 7:14pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Nori Aoki passed his concussion test today and early reports are that he is slated to come off the bench (Source: Alex Pavlovic)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki was a valuable speedster earlier in the year but since returning from injury on July 27, he is triple-slashing only .220/.289/.415 without a stolen base. Those in roster crunches may need to make a move on Aoki, despite his good news today.

 

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Nori Aoki only recorded one official at-bat (0-for-1) before he got beaned in the helmet by an errant Jake Arrieta pitch. He was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power and was then replaced by Angel Pagan.

Fantasy Impact: The extant of Aoki's injury is currently unknown, but he has probably been tested for concussion symptoms. The Giant's are off on Monday, so if Aoki is concussion free then he might play on Tuesday; if not, then expect Angel Pagan to take his place in the lineup.

 

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Nori Aoki had another solid game, this time batting in his normal leadoff role. He finished up at 2-for-5 from the plate with one single and one double. He drove in one run and also scored one run himself.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has played in six games since returning from injury and it looks like he has found his groove again with five hits in his last four games. His batting average sits at .310 and he should continue to see plenty more at-bats in the leadoff spot.

 

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The San Francisco Giants could get OF Nori Aoki back from the disabled list on Friday. Aoki has been out since June 20 with a fractured fibula. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki was having a great first season with the Giants prior to his injury. He was getting on base at a .383 clip, and he had more walks than strikeouts prior to his injury. He often hit atop the Giants' lineup, providing a good source for runs and SBs (12). It does feel like SF is rushing him a bit, so owners have to hope that this doesn't result him in aggravating the injury.

 

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Nori Aoki heads to disabled list

Wed, Jun 24th 12:38pm EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Last night Aoki fractured his leg after being hit by a pitch yesterday and was estimated to be out at least two weeks, so the move is unsurprising. Travis Ishikawa gets the call from AAA. (Source: NBC Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This is a big blow for the Giants and obviously a blow for Aoki owners. Aoki has been one of the hardest people to strikeout in the majors this season, and has swiped a surprising number of bags. Gregor Blanco, Travis Ishikawa and Brandon Belt look to get outfield reps in turn. Belt will likely get OF eligibility with Aoki and Brandon Belt on the DL, which will help with his flexibility.

 

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Nori Aoki fractured his fibula in the Giants' Tuesday loss. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: The Giants believe the fracture to be relatively minor, which is a description for a fracture not in your own body. Aoki will be in a cast for at least two weeks and then will be re-evaluated. With Hunter Pence already on the shelf, the Giants outfield becomes Gregor Blanco, Angel Pagan and Justin Maxwell. Maxwell has all six of his home runs against right handers, so he may be a decent contrarian play in DFS when the matchup is right. Aoki's loss is a big blow for the Giants but his production is ultimately replaceable in most fantasy leagues.

 

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Nori Aoki suffered a lower leg bruise in the top of the first inning after being hit by a pitch against the Dodgers. Aoki stayed in the game to run the bases and actually scored a run, but left the game before the bottom of the first inning. He was replaced by Justin Maxwell. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has said that he will decide Sunday morning whether he will play or not. If he decides to sit then look for Justin Maxwell to take over in right field while Gregor Blanco slides over to left field.

 

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Nori Aoki went 2-for-5 from the plate in a win over the division rival Dodgers. Both of his hits were singles and he was able to make it around the bases once and score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki's batting average has begun to slightly drop but he is still hitting above .300 and his OBP is currently sitting at .381. Unfortunately, his teammates behind him are not hitting and tonight actually marked his first run scored in almost a week.

 

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Nori Aoki hitless in loss

Thu, Jun 18th 1:07am EDT
By Jeff Krisko

Nori Aoki went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .317

Fantasy Impact: Aoki was a stealthily productive roto option earlier in the season, and he still totes a .389 OBP, mostly tied to his miniscule K-rate. The entire Giants offense is scuffling right now, and Aoki is just a small part of the problem. He's not a good option for anything but limited stolen bases and batting average right now given the Giants' offensive woes.

 

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Aoki had a phenomenal night, finishing at 4-for-5 from the plate. All four of his hits were singles and he was able to make it around twice and score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki does not draw many walks, steal many bases, or knock in many runs, so his value is highly dependent on how well he is hitting, and right now he is hitting .484 over his seven-game hit streak. Only 16 percent of his hits go for extra bases, but he has recorded multiple hits in five games during the hit streak, so he should be a great bet in all formats.

 

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Aoki continued his hitting streak with a 2-for-5 effort at the plate. Both of his hits were singles and he was able to make it around the bases once and score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has now recorded a hit in his sixth straight game, this being the fourth game during the streak in which he has recorded multiple hits. Aoki does not take many walks, steal many bases, or knock in many runs, so his value depends on how well he is hitting and right now he is hitting .323 so it is a safe time to buy.

 

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Nori Aoki scored one of the four runs by the Giants in their loss to the Phillies on Sunday. Aoki went 1-for-5 in an underwhelming performance by the Japanese outfielder.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has been a consistent starter for the Giants in 2015 after being acquired from the Kansas City Royals. Aoki has been playing well with the Giants, batting .321 on the season. Aoki has proven to be a starter in fantasy leagues, but do not count on Aoki for home runs. View numbers below to see what you can expect from Aoki this year:
2014 stats: 140 H, 1 HR, 43 RBI, 17 SB.
2015 stats (so far): 215 AB, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 12 SB.

 

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Nori Aoki missed Friday's game at Philadelphia with flu-like symptoms

Fantasy Impact: Flu-like symptoms is usually code for various self-induced maladies, so look for Aoki to be back in the lineup Saturday afternoon. He has one of the lowest K-rates in the league and his good eye is doing wonders to set the table for the suddenly prolific Giants. He's also top-ten in stolen bases. If he plays, deploy him as you normally would.

 

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Aoki was able to snap his three game hitless streak with a 2-for-4 effort against the Pirates. He hit one single, one double, stole one base, and also scored two runs.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki's batting average is still comfortably sitting above .300 despite the three games he went without a hit. Aoki is still a hit machine and if his teammates behind him also hit, then expect him to score a bunch of runs and continue to be a solid option across all formats.

 

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Norichika Aoki had another productive night at the plate with a 3-for-5 effort. All of his hits were singles, but he was unable to knock in any runs or score any himself.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki is currently on a nine game hit-streak during which he has racked up a total of 13 hits. As a lead-off hitter, it is not that surprising that he has been unable to rack up many RBI, but his lack of run scoring is a little strange. Aoki shines the brightest in league play, but he is still a solid option in daily games.

 

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Aoki had an outstanding 4-for-4 night at the plate that featured three singles, one home run, one walk, and one stolen base. He knocked in two runs and and scored two runs himself.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has really picked up his production over these last five games. His walk total has seen a significant bump, helping his OBP jump to .391, raising his floor in daily games.

 

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Aoki reentered the starting lineup for the series finale and went 2-for-3 with two singles and one walk. Unfortunately, he was unable to knock in any runs or come around score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki is currently riding a five-game hitting streak (eight hits total) and his batting average is quickly climbing back up to the .300 mark. Manager Bruce Bochy has recently shown trepidation at starting Aoki against left-handers, although his average is actually slightly higher against southpaws (.304), this still hurts his value and be sure to check before plugging him into a daily lineup.

 

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Norichika Aoki finished up at 3-for-6 from the plate with three singles and no walks. He was able to knock in three runs and also steal a base, but he was unable to come around and score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki is slowly building his batting average up to .300 after it dropped in the beginning of the month. The three RBI are great for all owners, but do not count on many more in the future, he only has 12 on the year.

 

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Aoki was supposed to get the day off, but was eventually used as a pinch hitter. He hit a single in his lone appearance at the plate, and eventually came around to score.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki's numbers have really begun to drop off in May, with his batting average currently sitting at .279, 34 percentage points below where it was at the end of April. Aoki's inability to take walks coupled with his hitting falling off means that he has a very low floor in daily games, but he is still productive in league play.

 

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San Francisco only managed one run against San Diego, and it came courtesy of a center field single by Aoki. He finishes the night 1-for-4 without walking or stealing any bases.

Fantasy Impact: While an RBI from a leadoff man is always a pleasant surprise, Aoki's value has began to decrease over the last two games, thanks to a 1-for-9 stretch. Unfortunately, Aoki does not take many walks or steal many bases, so his fantasy value is almost entirely dependent on him hitting the ball well, and he is just not doing that right now.

 

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Aoki had another solid game as he went 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run to lead off the game.

Fantasy Impact: An Aoki home run is a rarity (he has now hit 20 in his MLB career), but certainly a welcome site. Aoki is the prototypical lead off man, making contact and getting on base, so do not expect many RBI.

 

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Aoki finally broke his three game hitless streak with a 2-5 night. Both of his hits were singles, and he managed to record one RBI, steal one base, and also score a run for himself.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki opened up the season red hot, but he really struggled in the Giants' last series against Colorado. His numbers have dipped a little, but his walk rate has actually increased since he managed four walks in his last game. If he can continue to get on base consistently then he will continue to be of value.

 

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Aoki had a mediocre 1-4 night at the plate, but his one hit was a very valuable RBI single in a close 3-2 win for the Giants. Aoki was unable to draw any walks or steal a base, but he also did not strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has been excellent in the leadoff role for the Giants, batting .338 with a very respectable .400 OBP. The only issue with his game may be that he has only drawn six walks on the year, throwing away a little extra value for his fantasy owners.

 

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Nori Aoki leads Giants hitters

Tue, Apr 14th 5:05pm EDT
By Daniel Rogers

Nori Aoki went 2-for-4 yesterday against the Colorado Rockies. The Giants lost their fourth straight game, but Nori Aoki reached a personal milestone of his own. Aoki has completed 16 games straight with at least one hit per game. (Source: SFGStats on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki is by no means a Miguel Cabrera-like hitter, but 16 straight games with a hit is an accomplishment that deserves praise. If you want to add Aoki to your team, don't expect a slugger, expect a reliable player. With an on-base percentage of .474, Aoki has the speed to add some stolen bases to his statsheet, as well.

 

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Norichika Aoki had a 2-4 night in a 1-0 loss to San Diego. He singles twice but was not able to come around and score himself, and also struck out once without drawing any walks.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has had a really strong start to 2015, recording hits in all five games (multiple hits in three games), and his batting average currently sits at .429. His OBP is sitting at a cool .500, although he has only drawn three walks (rather low for a leadoff man).

 

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Norichika Aoki had a forgettable night in Arizona last night, batting 1-for-5. His solo hit was a double. In 2014, Aoki finished with a .285 batting average, and the 33-year-old is right on track with a similar average in 2015, batting .300 so far.

Fantasy Impact: 2015 has gotten off to an ugly start for Aoki. Don't expect a huge game from Aoki in game three tonight. The outfielder has struggled in Arizona during this series, hitting 3-for-10 over two games. Aoki has not proven to be a starting hitter in fantasy leagues as of yet.

 

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Aoki had a mediocre 1-4 day in his usual lead off role, but his one hit was a triple that happened to knock in Brandon Crawford for Aoki's first RBI of spring training. Aoki unfortunately was unable to score himself, and he also struck out twice.

Fantasy Impact: Aoki had a very slow start to spring training and his batting average is only sitting at .204, but he was able to extend his hitting streak to four games so thats certainly a positive. His one RBI is a little disturbing, but nobody should be expecting a high RBI total from any lead off man.

 

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Aoki lead off for the Giants and went 2-3 (single and a double) with one walk against Danny Duffy of the Royals. Aoki is now hitting a measly .190 for the spring but he has been heating up, recording hits in each of his last three games.

Fantasy Impact: This was Aoki's first multi-hit game of the spring, and although he is currently hitting below the Mendoza line, he hit .292 last year and .333 the year before. He is an everyday player and if he continues to hit lead off then fantasy value should rise accordingly.

 

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The San Francisco Giants reached an agreement with OF Norichika Aoki on a one-year contract worth $4.7 million with a club option for a second year. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Aoki has little power and a move to AT&T Park certainly won't help that aspect of his game, but Aoki does own a career .287 BA and .353 OBP and has some speed on the base paths. Look for Aoki to hit with a decent BA and steal around 20 bags in 2015.