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Munenori Kawasaki 2013 OutlookJays new leadoff hitter


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#1 PPolanco

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:55 PM

If anyone is still looking for a SS to replace Reyes, the Jays have finally decided to bat this Asian sensation leadoff.

http://blogs.thescor...enori-kawasaki/


He doesn't have elite speed per se but he's a legit .280 hitter who can steal 20 bags. Batting atop the Jays lineup will give him elite runs. Soon to become a must-own.

Even the most optimistic Reyes believers think it will be 3 months till he returns. I doubt we see him until September
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#2 Neymar

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:56 PM

1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:57 PM

Oh no PPolanco. Is this going to be another Slowey type thread?
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:58 PM

View PostNeymar, on 21 April 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

they've been searching for a leadoff hitter and he brings the most energy to the lineup. Bonifacio and his horrible OBP doesn't even play every day, let alone lead off anymore. The Jays would love for Kawasaki to run away with the gig
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#5 Neymar

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

View PostPPolanco, on 21 April 2013 - 12:58 PM, said:

View PostNeymar, on 21 April 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

they've been searching for a leadoff hitter and he brings the most energy to the lineup. Bonifacio and his horrible OBP doesn't even play every day, let alone lead off anymore. The Jays would love for Kawasaki to run away with the gig

Still doesn't make him their "new leadoff hitter".

PS - he's not very good.

Edited by Neymar, 21 April 2013 - 01:00 PM.


#6 PPolanco

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

View Postbaltimore_boy, on 21 April 2013 - 12:57 PM, said:

Oh no PPolanco. Is this going to be another Slowey type thread?

nope. Just a Jays fan and noticed this guy doesn't have a thread. I think he's a decent fill-in for SS while you have injuries
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:02 PM

This guy sucks.  I watched him in Seattle last year and he is like a poor, homeless, coinless, clothesless, mans Ichiro.  His hitting style would be better suited for a female Softball league.  He is truly atrocious.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:03 PM

View PostPPolanco, on 21 April 2013 - 12:58 PM, said:

View PostNeymar, on 21 April 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

they've been searching for a leadoff hitter and he brings the most energy to the lineup. Bonifacio and his horrible OBP doesn't even play every day, let alone lead off anymore. The Jays would love for Kawasaki to run away with the gig

Rajai Davis will lead off when he plays... although with Bautista healthy Davis may get squeezed for full time ABs.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:09 PM

While I agree that he has the speed to have a bit of fantasy relevance in deep leagues, I wouldn't count on him having an average above .250 by season end. He had quite fluctuating averages in his last three years in Japan (2009 - .259,  2010 - .316,  2011 - .267) and I think it is safe to say that there is usually a decline in average coming from Japan to the MLB.
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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:25 PM

Yeah I like the guy but he is not going to help anyone in fantasy IMO.  Could be wrong I guess...

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 01:32 PM

View PostPPolanco, on 21 April 2013 - 12:58 PM, said:

View PostNeymar, on 21 April 2013 - 12:56 PM, said:

1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

they've been searching for a leadoff hitter and he brings the most energy to the lineup. Bonifacio and his horrible OBP doesn't even play every day, let alone lead off anymore. The Jays would love for Kawasaki to run away with the gig

Bonifacio's career OBP is higher than either of the other two options.  Kawasaki is the flavor of the week and won't last there.  He is a .250 hitter at best.  In Seatte last year he batted .192 with a .257 OBP in 104 ABs.  2 steals and 2 caught stealing.  Nothing to get excited about here.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:42 PM

I picked up Muenori Kawasaki, aka "Energy Boy," today in my AL-only league.  Surprised actually no one snatched him up before I did, a good 4 hours past waiver claims.  I'm hoping he can give me three good weeks until B. Roberts gets back.  Despite his abysmal 2012, the Jays seem to like his glove, resulting in him playing everyday (Bonnifacio owners and promoters: eat your heart out!)  In addition, Energy Boy seems popular in Toronto, so I'm hoping he can ride that wave awhile.  A .250 average with 5 steals over a 3-week period, maybe 9 runs scored and 7 ribbies?  I would gladly take it.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:53 PM

View PostPPolanco, on 21 April 2013 - 12:55 PM, said:

If anyone is still looking for a SS to replace Reyes, the Jays have finally decided to bat this Asian sensation leadoff.

http://blogs.thescor...enori-kawasaki/


He doesn't have elite speed per se but he's a legit .280 hitter who can steal 20 bags. Batting atop the Jays lineup will give him elite runs. Soon to become a must-own.

Even the most optimistic Reyes believers think it will be 3 months till he returns. I doubt we see him until September

Where in the hell did you get this from? He hit .192 in 104 AB with the Mariners last season.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:56 PM

legit .280 hitter? LMAO.

This guy might be among the worst 5 hitters in baseball.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:06 PM

This thread should probably just be locked. Its existence is borderline trolling.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:09 PM

I was at the game today (season tickets) and he's a monster fan favorite here.  He's quickly become an icon.


Kawasaki is a decent TEAM guy.  He fights off a ton of pitches, which I think is part of the reason the Jays have him in leadoff.  Some of the Jays could stand to take a few more pitches.  It's nice to have a guy at the top of the order who can fight pitches off and scout for the rest of the guys so to speak.  

Davis looks terrible and I don't think he'll see many starts now that Jose in RF.

Kawasaki won't be stealing 20 bags.  No chance, he simply isn't that fast.  He looks like he SHOULD be fast but he just isn't.  Average at best.  

He'll get on base at a decent clip and score some runs, in a deep AL league is the only time I think he's worth a pickup.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:11 PM

I'd rather commit seppuku than own this bum.
I remember one evening in the pouring rain
And in my heart there was an aching pain
Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:26 PM

View PostPosting In The Clutch, on 21 April 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:

I'd rather commit seppuku than own this bum.

I don't even know what this is but I'm agreeing with you.

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 11:31 PM

View PostZumayaaaa, on 21 April 2013 - 11:26 PM, said:

View PostPosting In The Clutch, on 21 April 2013 - 11:11 PM, said:

I'd rather commit seppuku than own this bum.

I don't even know what this is but I'm agreeing with you.


harakiri: ritual suicide by self-disembowelment on a sword; practiced by samurai in the traditional Japanese society.

A little extreme... He did lead the league in BA in ST last year.


:D

Edited by Ragnaroker, 21 April 2013 - 11:31 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 01:25 AM

Sogard says amateur.
And all the greatest of the heroes
Started jumping from the books
They started wearing ones and zeros
Looking more and more like crooks
They stole the sunlight from the future
Took a sip, drank half the glass then put it back