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.