Norichika Aoki RF SF 6 days 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 RF SF 2 weeks 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 RF SF 2 weeks 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 RF SF 4 weeks 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 RF SF 1 month 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 RF SF 2 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.

Norichika Aoki RF SF 2 months ago

Aoki agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Giants on Friday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Aoki will head to San Francisco to take over as the Giants' primary left fielder. He probably will not play every day, but he has been better against left-handers than right-handers in his career, so it's more likely he works in a timeshare than in a strict platoon. Aoki will likely hit either second or eighth when he is in the lineup.

Norichika Aoki RF SF 5 months ago

Aoki is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series.

With the series shifting to San Francisco, the Royals lose the DH, so it appears Aoki will be the odd man out of the lineup. Lorenzo Cain will shift over to right, and Jarrod Dyson will start in center.

Norichika Aoki RF SF 7 months ago

Aoki is out of the lineup Saturday against the Yankees.

It's just a routine day off for Aoki, who has been playing on a semi-regular basis. Carlos Peguero will get the start in right field.

Norichika Aoki RF SF 7 months ago

Aoki was 1-for-3 with one RBI in the Royals' win over the Yankees on Friday night.

He had been slumping in late August but may be turning it around just a bit. His RBI single in the third inning produced the only run of the game so it was a key hit. If he can get his stroke back, he could again start seeing more regular playing time.