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Nori Aoki RFMets

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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB DRC+ WARP
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Birth Date1-5-1982
Height5' 9"
Weight180 lbs
Age37 years, 4 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.72015
1.42016
-0.12017
2018
0.62019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2012 MIL 30 151 588 150 37 4 10 43 55 13 30 8 .289 .355 .433 106 4.3 1.5 3.8 2.2
2013 MIL 31 155 674 171 20 3 8 55 40 11 20 12 .286 .356 .370 104 3.8 -4.2 1.8 1.4
2014 KCA 32 132 549 140 22 6 1 43 49 6 17 8 .285 .349 .360 99 -0.4 3.6 -7.2 0.5
2015 SFN 33 93 392 102 12 3 5 30 25 6 14 5 .287 .353 .380 98 0.7 -1.3 -0.5 0.7
2016 SEA 34 118 467 118 24 4 4 34 45 9 7 9 .283 .349 .388 97 -0.7 0.1 3.1 1.4
2017 HOU 35 70 224 55 12 1 2 15 29 2 5 2 .272 .323 .371 88 -2.7 -2.3 -2.1 -0.2
2017 NYN 35 27 116 29 7 1 0 13 10 1 5 0 .284 .371 .373 89 -1.3 -0.4 0.2 0.1
2017 TOR 35 12 34 9 1 0 3 1 5 0 0 0 .281 .294 .594 87 -0.4 0.0 0.6 0.1
Career75830447741352233234258489844.285.350.3871003.3-3.0-0.56.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2012 MIL MLB NL 151 588 .258 .319 .409 .304 107 12.5 16.1 -4.8 106 9 3.8 1.5 4.3 2.2
2013 MIL MLB NL 155 674 .251 .312 .392 .295 106 5.8 17.7 -6.4 104 8 1.8 -4.2 3.8 1.4
2014 KCA MLB AL 132 549 .259 .318 .397 .314 101 5.2 14.2 -5.4 99 6 -7.2 3.6 -0.4 0.5
2014 NWA AA TEX 3 11 .249 .308 .375 .111 99 -1.5 0.3 -0.1 42 0 -0.4 0.2 -0.9 -0.1
2015 SFN MLB NL 93 392 .253 .316 .398 .298 90 5.7 10.6 -2.5 98 9 -0.5 -1.3 0.7 0.7
2015 SAC AAA PCL 4 14 .289 .353 .450 .231 109 -1.2 0.4 -0.1 77 0 0.3 -0.2 -0.6 0.0
2016 SEA MLB AL 118 467 .259 .321 .423 .309 102 4.4 13.2 -2.5 97 9 3.1 0.1 -0.7 1.4
2016 TAC AAA PCL 24 108 .269 .330 .407 .357 81 5.9 3.0 -0.6 129 0 -3.5 1.5 1.6 0.2
2017 HOU MLB AL 70 224 .256 .322 .431 .303 102 -6.2 6.6 -1.7 88 7 -2.1 -2.3 -2.7 -0.2
2017 NYN MLB NL 27 116 .253 .325 .427 .315 93 1.2 3.4 -1.1 89 7 0.2 -0.4 -1.3 0.1
2017 TOR MLB AL 12 34 .246 .310 .407 .240 102 1.9 1.0 -0.3 87 7 0.6 0.0 -0.4 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2012 MIL MLB NL 588 520 81 150 37 4 10 225 50 43 55 30 8 .289 .355 .433 .144 5 7
2013 MIL MLB NL 674 597 80 171 20 3 8 221 37 55 40 20 12 .286 .356 .370 .084 3 8
2014 KCA MLB AL 549 491 63 140 22 6 1 177 43 43 49 17 8 .285 .349 .360 .075 1
2014 NWA AA TEX 11 10 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .100 .182 .100 .000 0
2015 SFN MLB NL 392 355 42 102 12 3 5 135 26 30 25 14 5 .287 .353 .380 .093 0 1
2015 SAC AAA PCL 14 13 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .000 0 0
2016 TAC AAA PCL 108 96 17 31 5 0 1 39 7 8 13 4 0 .323 .374 .406 .083 2 1
2016 SEA MLB AL 467 417 63 118 24 4 4 162 28 34 45 7 9 .283 .349 .388 .106 1 5
2017 NYN MLB NL 116 102 16 29 7 1 0 38 8 13 10 5 0 .284 .371 .373 .088 0 0
2017 HOU MLB AL 224 202 28 55 12 1 2 75 19 15 29 5 2 .272 .323 .371 .099 4 1
2017 TOR MLB AL 34 32 4 9 1 0 3 19 8 1 5 0 0 .281 .294 .594 .313 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2012 2285 0.5112 0.4118 0.8661 0.5882 0.2274 0.9054 0.7598 0.1339 -0.0019
2013 2433 0.5006 0.4135 0.9155 0.5977 0.2288 0.9519 0.8201 0.0845 -0.0058
2014 2045 0.5090 0.4328 0.8938 0.6340 0.2241 0.9409 0.7556 0.1062 -0.0070
2015 1441 0.5080 0.4490 0.9073 0.6161 0.2764 0.9490 0.8112 0.0927 -0.0023
2016 1680 0.5268 0.4655 0.8734 0.6395 0.2717 0.9258 0.7361 0.1266 0.0000
2017 1454 0.5096 0.4580 0.8559 0.6356 0.2735 0.9087 0.7282 0.1441 0.0000
Career113380.51020.43460.88670.61570.24580.93080.77100.1133-0.0032

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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
2017 HOU $5,500,000
2016 SEA $5,500,000
2015 SFN $4,000,000
2014 KCA $1,918,750
2013 MIL $1,250,000
2012 MIL $1,000,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$19,168,750
6 yrTotal$19,168,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 148 dNez Balelo2018

Details
  • 3 years/$9.19M (2018-20). Signed by Yakult Swallows of Japan 1/30/18.
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2017). Signed by Houston 11/30/16 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Houston 7/31/17. DFA by Toronto 8/28/17. Released by Toronto 8/29/17. Signed by NY Mets as a free agent 9/2/17 (Mets to pay pro-rated Major League minimum salary, or $87,705). Released by NY Mets 10/30/17.
  • 1 year/$5.5M (2016), plus 2017 vesting option. Signed by Seattle as a free agent 12/3/15. 2017 option is added if Aoki has 480 or more plate appearances in 2016. (Aoki may exercise if he does not end 2016 season on disabled list with a concussion or concussion-related symptoms. Seattle may exercise if Aoki ends 2016 season on disabled list with a concussion or concussion-related symptoms.) Performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 PAs. $0.25M each for 525, 550, 575, 600 PAs. Claimed by Houston off waivers from Seattle 11/3/16.
  • 1 year/$4.7M (2015), plus 2016 club option. Signed by San Francisco as a free agent 1/16/15. 15:$4M, 16:$5.5M club option, $0.7M buyout. 2016 club option becomes mutual option with 550 plate appearances in 2015. Annual performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 400, 425, 450, 475, 500 plate appearances. $0.25M each for 525, 550, 575, 600 PAs. To be released at contract's end, becoming a free agent. San Francisco declined 2016 option 11/5/15.
  • 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.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 380 46 103 20 3 7 40 31 53 10 4 .305 .370 .444 113 19.4 2.1
80o 361 42 93 18 2 6 37 29 52 9 4 .288 .354 .412 105 14.0 1.5
70o 348 40 87 17 2 6 35 27 51 8 4 .279 .345 .404 100 10.4 1.1
60o 336 37 83 16 2 6 33 25 50 8 3 .275 .337 .401 95 7.6 0.8
50o 325 35 77 15 2 5 31 24 49 7 3 .263 .326 .379 91 5.0 0.5
40o 314 33 73 14 2 5 29 22 48 7 3 .257 .318 .373 86 2.7 0.3
30o 302 31 68 13 2 5 27 21 47 6 3 .248 .310 .365 82 0.3 0.0
20o 289 29 62 12 2 4 25 19 45 6 3 .237 .295 .344 76 -2.2 -0.2
10o 270 26 55 11 1 4 23 17 43 5 2 .224 .281 .325 69 -5.4 -0.6
Weighted Mean3283678152531244973.264.326.378925.80.6

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2016-08-01 16:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the reply Mike. I was seriously laughing at the Mets fans on social media. I know that Bruce is a tad one-dimensional, but he isn't exactly a 38 year old Marlon Byrd either. The Mets got a huge steal and the only way it would've been better for them is if they had gotten him for Nimmo (i.e. prime Nori Aoki minus the steals).
(JoshC77 from Still dreaming of good trades by the Reds)
Bruce is solid offensively but looks like a lot of the Mets other outfielders in terms of his skill set. That being said, having high end depth during the stretch run is a good idea, particularly iven all of the Mets injuries of late. (Mike Gianella)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I feel like Domingo Santana and Michael Reed are more or less a wash defensively in right field. Santana has more power than Reed. But Reed doesn't strike out near as much, walks a lot, and has better speed on the bases. Am I crazy for thinking he could be the better MLB corner OF, in the mold of Nori Aoki?
(Mokajige from Sheboygan, WI)
Crazy? Nah. I don't agree, however. I think Reed profiles much better as a fourth outfielder, and Santana I still think has a chance to be a very good starter in right field, maybe even a middle of the order hitter someday even with the strikeouts. I've been a fan for a long time. (Christopher Crawford)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What is your assessment of Norichika Aoki's defense?
(William from Spokane)
Humorous but effective. I once asked Lorenzo Cain to sum up Aoki's routes in one word. "Wow," he said. Then he started laughing. (Andy McCullough)
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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