Sep 16, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Norichika Aoki beats out an infield hit and advances to 2nd base on a throwing error by Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro (not pictured) in the third inning at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Reviewing Norichika Aoki with Benjamin Orr from Reviewing the Brew


Sep 11, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Norichika Aoki (7) hits a single off of St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Lance Lynn (not pictured) during the third inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

One of the joys of acquiring a new player is getting to learn as to what that player can do. With Norichika Aoki having spent his career with the Yakult Swallows in Japan or with the Milwaukee Brewers stateside, chances are that most Royals fans have not had much of an opportunity to see Aoki in action.

However, to help get to know what type of player Aoki is, we reached out to the editor of the Brewers blog here on FanSided, Benjamin Orr of Reviewing the Brew, who was kind enough to share his thoughts about Aoki as a player and he feels that Aoki will fare in Kansas City.

Aoki is a great asset to any team, especially one that needs some type of charge for their outfield. During his two year span with the Brewers, he easily became one of my favorite players to watch, so it was hard to see him go. Of course, the Brewers have more talent of their own that they’re hoping to display and unfortunately for Aoki, he was the odd man out. Milwaukee will be losing a great lead-off hitter and a pretty stellar defender in Aoki, but that’s where the Royals benefit.

The Royals would be smart to have Aoki bat at the top of their line-up because he gets on base and rarely strikes out as this past season, he struck out only 40 times in 597 at-bats! With the glove Aoki is pretty average, but he makes some pretty sweet catches every now and then. He’ll fit perfectly into Kansas City and I wish him nothing but the best with his endeavors in the American League.

Our thanks again to Benjamin and Reviewing the Brew for taking the time out to give us all a quick overview on the type of player that the ROyals acquired yesterday.

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  • jimfetterolf

    Not sure how an average glove will play at the K, but it’s a done deal. With his speed there is no reason for him being average, so he may be fixable. One thing I’ve read is that he prefers to play deep, which will need to be addressed for our pitchers’ sake, as deep at Kauffman is in Blue Springs’ zip code.

    • moretrouble

      As you say, it’s a done deal, so KC hopes Aoki does a decent job patrolling RF. As to his hitting, we’ll see how long it takes to adjust to AL pitchers. Maybe right away, maybe not. But, if history is any guide, KC will give him a lot of time to establish himself.

      • jimfetterolf

        As I recall, Aoki was 20 of 32 SB last year, 62.5%, not good.

        • Dave Hill

          In 2012, he was 30-38 in stolen base attempts. If he can get back to that level, then there is the speed that this lineup needs.

          • jimfetterolf

            Agree, Big Dave. That 20-32 did kind of bother me though, that’s Frenchy success levels. Could be interesting with Cain, Escobar, Aoki, and Bonifacio on the bases for Hosmer, Gordon, Billy, Salvy, and Moose(?).

            In news that makes me rejoice, Yankees are signing Beltran for 3/45. Beltran will look great in front of the short RF fence and probably hit 35 homers. Best for all parties concerned.

          • Dave Hill

            The Yankees definitely did the Royals a favor there. I think they saved the Royals from themselves.

          • moretrouble

            As soon as Beltran left the meeting the other day, DM closes a trade for Aoki. That told me KC had no chance at Carlos.

            The run game is great when it works. KC ran all over Detroit last year, but Gomes (Cleveland) shut down KC’s running game. Speed’s a weapon – it forces teams to misalign their defense, defend the entire field, causes a different pitch selection and so on. KC played an interesting kind of baseball last year, more like an NL team and I think that will continue.

            However, when good catchers force KC to play a station-to-station kind of game, it’s nice to have someone who can hit the dang ball into the seats.

  • Ed Connealy

    DM did good. I wish we had control over the guy for mare than a year, but the Roylas now have a high OBP guy at the top of the order and the line up just got deeper. Still think they are crazy if they don’t get a real, starting second baseman. The Butler to Seattle for another starter and one of their 2 baggers really should be looked at. Then maybe they do keep Maxwell, Dyson and Lough