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Giants | Norichika Aoki to hit leadoff Thursday

Thu, 02 Apr 2015 16:48:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff Thursday, April 2.

Fantasy Tip: Manager Bruce Bochy has voiced a desire for Aoki ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) to lead off for the club while Hunter Pence recovers from a broken forearm. An early-season assignment as the leadoff hitter will provide Aoki a short-term boost in value in season long leagues and FantasyScore games.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: Sacramento Bee - Matt Kawahara

Giants | Norichika Aoki could hit leadoff for SF

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:14:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is a candidate to hit leadoff. Manager Bruce Bochy voiced a desire for Aoki to work as the leadoff hitter so OF Angel Pagan (back) can be dropped to third in the order. Aoki has hit leadoff in 336 of his 384 big leagues starts. He hopes to be more aggressive now that he's back in the National League. Aoki stole 50 bases in two season with the Milwaukee Brewers before stealing only 17 with the Kansas City Royals last year.

Fantasy Tip: A move to the top of the order for Aoki ($3,900, 7.8% of cap) would be helpful to his fantasy value since it would award him greater run-scoring potential. Furthermore, if he's given the green light to steal bases more frequently, he'll be a solid late-round selection for speed-starved drafters.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: CSNBayArea.com - Alex Pavlovic

Giants | Gregor Blanco likely to open in RF

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:58:40 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Gregor Blanco appears ticketed to start the season as the starting right fielder with OF Hunter Pence (arm) out. Blanco has played between 141 and 146 games in each of his three years with the Giants. The team is discussing using OF Norichika Aoki in left field. Blanco has been shagging balls at all three outfield positions this spring, as usual.

Fantasy Tip: The combination of Pence's injury and Angel Pagan's back issues should assure that Blanco will open the season with everyday at-bats somewhere in the outfield. He has late-round intrigue in very deep mixed leagues, but he'll be more beneficial to owners in NL-only formats to start 2015.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea

Giants | Norichika Aoki to have first crack at RF

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:31:58 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will be given the first chance to win the right field job while OF Hunter Pence (forearm) is out of the lineup, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Fantasy Tip: Aoki was expected to be one of the starting outfielders before Pence's injury, and he will take over right field if he plays well during spring training. Aoki could be an option in later rounds of drafts because of his batting average and stolen base potential.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Travis Ishikawa unlikely to play OF

Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:09:37 -0800

San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa is unlikely to play the outfield to start the season with OF Hunter Pence (forearm) sidelined. Ishikawa has just three regular season starts in left field, and the Giants have OFs Norichika Aoki, Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez and Justin Maxwell that they can mix and match with.

Fantasy Tip: Aoki is virtually locked into an everyday role in the outfield now with Pence slated to start the year on the disabled list. Blanco probably will benefit the most with regular playing time for the first month of the season or so, but that'll make him the most valuable in NL-only leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: ESPN.com - Christina Kahrl

Giants | Norichika Aoki to head leadoff?

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:47:24 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff against the Oakland Athletics in the exhibition game Tuesday, March 3, and manager Bruce Bochy plans to experiment with Aoki as the leadoff hitter, although OF Angel Pagan is likely to start the year as the team's leadoff hitter. In the times that Aoki hits leadoff, Pagan would hit third. Pagan feels more comfortable at leadoff, but he's excited about the possibility of hitting in front of C Buster Posey, too.

Fantasy Tip: Aoki's fantasy allure comes from his stable batting average and speed on the basepaths, but the move to San Francisco isn't the most intriguing. Hitting at the top of the lineup will give him more opportunities to score runs, but he remains nothing more than a late-round stolen base source in deeper mixed leagues.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Norichika Aoki favorite for LF

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:09:13 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is the favorite to be the team's starting left fielder on opening day, but he'll be battling OFs Gregor Blanco, Travis Ishikawa and Juan Perez this spring. Aoki has just 144 strikeouts in the last three seasons combined. Blanco and Perez are probably slightly better defensive options than Aoki, though.

Fantasy Tip: As the favorite to start in left field, Aoki will have late mixed-round value in 12-team fantasy baseball leagues. His power has declined slightly in recent years, so you'll be getting a scrappy player that is mainly useful as a stolen-base and on-base percentage asset.

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Giants | SF's projected batting order revealed

Sat, 07 Feb 2015 11:07:19 -0800

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has revealed his team's projected batting order for 2015. OF Angel Pagan is expected to bat first, followed by 2B Joe Panik, 1B Brandon Belt, C Buster Posey, OF Hunter Pence, 3B Casey McGehee, OF Norichika Aoki and SS Brandon Crawford.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - Henry Schulman

Giants | Norichika Aoki contract breakdown

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:26:25 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will make $4.7 million guaranteed in 2015, and his deal carries a $700,000 buyout on his 2016 option. The total value of the deal is up to $12.5 million including the option.

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Giants | Norichika Aoki signs with SF

Fri, 16 Jan 2015 09:12:00 -0800

Free-agent OF Norichika Aoki (Royals) signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the San Francisco Giants Friday, Jan. 16. The deal includes incentives. Aoki will be slated to start in left field this year.

Comment (0) | Share: Tweet!Share on Facebook | Source: San Francisco Chronicle - John Shea