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Norichika Aoki RFRoyals

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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 32)
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Birth Date1-5-1982
Height5' 9"
Weight180 lbs
Age32 years, 8 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2.92012
1.62013
1.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 MIL 30 151 588 520 81 150 37 4 10 225 43 55 13 5 7 50 30 8 .288 .355 .433 .281 27.3 0.1 2.9
2013 MIL 31 155 674 597 80 171 20 3 8 221 55 40 11 3 8 37 20 12 .286 .356 .370 .269 15.9 -1.0 1.6
2014 KCA 32 125 522 464 60 131 21 5 1 165 43 47 6 1 8 40 16 7 .282 .350 .356 .265 15.4 -5.8 1.0
Career43117841581221452781219611141142309231276627.286.354.386.27258.6-6.75.6

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2012 MIL MLB 151 588 .281 .258 .319 .409 .262 .304 108 12.2 16.1 -4.8 0.1 1.5 27.3 2.9 27.3 2.9
2013 MIL MLB 155 674 .269 .251 .312 .392 .257 .295 106 6 17.7 -6.4 -1.0 -4.2 15.9 1.6 15.9 1.6
2014 KCA MLB 125 522 .265 .260 .319 .399 .263 .312 103 2.4 13.5 -5.2 -5.8 3.8 15.4 1.0 15.4 1.0
2014 NWA AA 3 11 .128 .249 .308 .375 .251 .111 105 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 -0.1 0.2 -1.3 -0.2 -1.3 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2012 MIL MLB 588 81 150 37 4 10 50 43 55 30 8 .288 .355 .433 .144 .281 27.3 0.1 2.9
2013 MIL MLB 674 80 171 20 3 8 37 55 40 20 12 .286 .356 .370 .084 .269 15.9 -1.0 1.6
2014 NWA AA 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .000 .128 -1.3 -0.1 -0.2
2014 KCA MLB 522 60 131 21 5 1 40 43 47 16 7 .282 .350 .356 .073 .265 15.4 -5.8 1.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2012 2286 0.5319 0.4284 0.8805 0.6069 0.2252 0.9201 0.7593 0.1154
2013 2434 0.5267 0.4316 0.9238 0.6069 0.2361 0.9499 0.8493 0.0762
2014 1967 0.5226 0.4495 0.9082 0.6605 0.2162 0.9440 0.7882 0.0907
Career66870.52730.43580.90440.62270.22650.9380.80060.0939

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-21 2014-07-11 15-DL 20 18 Left Groin Strain -
2014-06-18 2014-06-19 DTD 1 1 Left Groin Soreness -
2014-05-25 2014-05-26 DTD 1 1 Left Elbow Contusion HBP -
2013-08-29 2013-08-29 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Tendonitis Patellar Tendonitis -
2013-08-22 2013-08-23 DTD 1 0 Right Knee Tendonitis Patellar Tendonitis - -
2013-07-09 2013-07-11 DTD 2 2 Left Elbow Tightness - -
2012-08-31 2012-09-01 DTD 1 1 - Neck Stiffness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 KCA $1,918,750
2013 MIL $1,250,000
2012 MIL $1,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$2,250,000
2011Current$1,918,750
3 yrPvs + Cur$4,168,750
3 yrTotal$4,168,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 0 dNez Balelo2 years/$2.5M (2012-13), 2014 option

Details
  • 2 years/$2.5M (2012-13), plus 2014 club option. Signed by Milwaukee 1/17/12. 12:$1M, 13:$1.25M, 14:$1.5M club option, $0.25M buyout. Performance bonuses based on games (70-150) and starts (100-140): May earn additional $1.675M in 2012, $0.8375M in 2013 and $1.0875M in 2014. Half of bonuses earned in 2012 added to 2013 base salary. May become Article XX(B) free agent after contract expires (after 2013 or 2014 season). Milwaukee exercised 2014 option at $1,918,750 10/29/13. Acquired by Kansas City in trade from Milwaukee 12/5/13.
  • Milwaukee paid $2.5M posting fee for negotiating rights after Aoki was posted by Japan's Yakult Swallows 1/12.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .316 .361 .396 .277
11 vs R (Multi) .274 .353 .386 .267
18 Split (Multi) -.042 -.008 -.011 -.011
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .339 .381 .400 .285
31 vs R (2013) .264 .345 .357 .256
38 Split (2013) -.075 -.036 -.043 -.030
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite low key acquisition this winter?
(Pamey Wright from L.A.)
I'm not sure if they qualify—you could probably call both mid-key acqusitions—but I loved the Norichika Aoki deal for Kansas City, and I think David Freese will help the Angels more than people think. If we're talking low-low key then Burke Badenhop is a good get for Boston. He's dependable and didn't cost much. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-06-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)every1 has a different answer to this question, so what's your's? Who is the most underrated player on baseball? Mine is matt carpenter so far this season.
(colin dejong from houston)
So many to choose from, but the first name to jump to mind is another NL Central leadoff man: Norichika Aoki. He hasn't struck out since May 25, and has provided the Brewers with 4.3 WARP through 1.4 seasons of a two-year, $2.5 million deal. At this point, there may not be more of a no-brainer option than Aoki's $1.5 million price tag for 2014. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league, I have Norichika Aoki and Michael Brantley as my 3rd OF & top bench player (1B & DH spots are taken by Prince & Morneau). I have an offer to trade either one of them to upgrade my pitching staff (same trade, they're interchangeable). PECOTA prefers Aoki, but I'm worried he will regress heavily in 2013, do you have any thoughts?
(ttt from Manhattan)
Howdy, Triple-T. I'm with PECOTA here. I do see some regression for Aoki, but I don't think it will be heavy. The speed looks legitimate, and while I think he might slip in HR a little bit, the numbers overall should be similar. Brantley is the guy I'd move. The Indians offense is loaded, and while Baseball Prospectus's own Jason Martinez has Brantley and Drew Stubbs both starting, I wouldn't be surprised to see Brantley not play quite as much as he did last year. Plus, Brantley doesn't really do any one thing especially well. I think this is a no brainer. I don't know what your offer is, but I'd move Brantley. (Mike Gianella)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)Just looking average, runs and steals, better 2h Alejandro De Aza or Norichika Aoki?
(JDub from San Diego)
De Aza (Jason Collette)


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