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Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to be posted

Nov 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

Aoki

Jon Heyman reports that Norichika Aoki, an outfielder for the Yakult Swallows, will be posted and made available for the majors.

Aoki is almost 30.  He hits for average — cracked 20 homers once, but usually hovers around 15 — who turns 30 in January. He has a .329 lifetime batting average and has won the Central League batting crown thrice.

I know it’s lame to compare Japanese players to other Japanese players just because they’re Japanese, but Tsuyoshi Nishioka‘s rep was being a solid contact hitter too and that has worked out fairly poorly thus far. So it’s probably not a good thing to get crazy-excited about Aoki, even if he might fit in nicely on several clubs.

  1. phukyouk - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    “Aoki is almost 30. He hits for average — cracked 20 homers once, but usually hovers around 15 — who turns 30 in January. He has a .329 lifetime batting average and has won the Central League batting crown thrice.”

    Craig – I am the last person to be making any comments on grammar and the such but that paragraph hurts my brain for some reason. it does not flow for some reason. please fix. thank you!

  2. Bryz - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Nishioka won the batting title once, and it was in a career year for him. If Aoki has won the batting title three times, I would trust his ability to hit for average far more than Nishioka’s.

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