Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 2 days ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Friday against the Rockies, Alex Pavolovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

An 0-for-5 showing for Aoki in Thursday's win over the Dodgers marked just the second time this season he has failed to record at least one hit. He will sit Friday after rattling off 17 straight starts to begin the year, with Gregor Blanco taking over in left field and atop the batting order.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 2 weeks ago

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

Despite a .474 on-base percentage so far this season, he's scored just four runs this season. Monday was emblematic of the Giants' troubles to score runs - they went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 3 weeks ago

Aoki bat leadoff for the Giants on Monday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored in the win over Arizona.

Manager Bruce Bochy kept his word and slotted Aoki atop his lineup card to start the season. He will likely stay in that spot against right-handed starters until Hunter Pence (forearm) returns, making him a solid source of runs and stolen bases.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 3 weeks ago

Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Thursday that he still likes Aoki as a leadoff hitter, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports.

Angel Pagan will bat third against right-handed pitching while Hunter Pence (arm) is on the disabled list. Aoki thus figures to bat leadoff, at least for the first few weeks of the season. It sounds as if Aoki may also bat leadoff against southpaws, with Pagan slotting in fifth or even sixth. Once Pence returns, Aoki will likely spend most of his time in the bottom third of the order.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 1 month ago

Aoki is manager Bruce Bochy's preference for the leadoff spot, although nothing has been decided at this point, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports. "Hopefully this works," Bochy said Wednesday. "I think it could work with the way Aoki grinds at-bats and finds ways to get on base, and I like Angel (Pagan) in the three-hole. But we'll see how it goes in the next nine to 10 days."

Aoki hit leadoff Wednesday, as he has done for much of spring training. This competition does not really affect the value of Pagan, as he would be very useful in fantasy batting leadoff or third for the Giants. However Aoki's landing spot if he does not win the leadoff role would likely be down in the bottom third of the order, so the decision does loom large where his value is concerned.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 1 month ago

Confirming a previous report, manager Bruce Bochy told Aoki that he will move back to left field for the start of the season, CSN Bay Area reports.

Manager Bruce Bochy put Aoki in right field when Hunter Pence broke his forearm this spring, but he has decided to move him back to left field. Bochy said that he didn't want to have Aoki learn how to play right field, only to move back to left when Pence returns a couple weeks into the season. This doesn't change much from a fantasy perspective, and Aoki remains a solid source of batting average, runs, and steals wherever he plays on defense.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 1 month ago

Updating a previous report, Aoki will likely move back to left field, CSN Bay Area reports.

With Hunter Pence expected to miss the first couple weeks of the regular season with a wrist injury, the Giants were planning on moving Aoki to right field. But given his struggles with the bat this spring (.136/.240/.136), manager Bruce Bochy is leaning towards keeping Aoki in left field in an effort to keep his mind focused on hitting instead of learning to play a tough defensive right field at AT&T Park. This doesn't change his fantasy value, as he is still expected to be a solid source of batting average, runs, and stolen bases regardless of what position he plays.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 2 months ago

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Aoki will get the first shot to replace Hunter Pence (forearm) in right field, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Aoki was expected to be the everyday left fielder for his new club come Opening Day, but with the injury to Pence he will be asked to play right field, where he spent most of his time playing in Kansas City. The Giants have been using him atop the lineup during spring training, which would boost his run scoring opportunities if that sticks once the season starts.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 2 months ago

Aoki will spend some time batting leadoff this spring, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Aoki is expected to work as the everyday left fielder, and he may unseat Angel Pagan from the leadoff spot in the lineup. It sounds as if both Pagan and Aoki will get at-bats from atop the order this spring.

Norichika Aoki LF/RF SF 3 months ago

Aoki is expected to step in as the Giants' everyday left fielder, Henry Shulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Aoki, who joined the reigning World Series champions on a one-year, $4 million deal, will spend the majority of his time in left, but manager Bruce Bochy said he also anticipates Aoki seeing time in both center and right field spelling Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence. Bochy also stated that Pagan will open spring training penciled into the leadoff spot, though there's a chance Aoki could take the position.