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Munenori Kawasaki 2013 Outlook

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

http://blogs.thescore.com/djf/2013/04/16/7-reasons-to-love-munenori-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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1 day leading off does not make him their "new leadoff hitter".

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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legit .280 hitter? LMAO.

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

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

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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.

tldr:

great team player, poor fantasy player.

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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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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

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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.

this description made me actually ROFLMAO. First time I've ever used that acronym.

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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.

Including walks, he had 112 plate appearances last year. Not a lot of at-bats. Lots of bench guys through the years who perform well when given a chance - at least for awhile.

Pujols's line through 114 plate appearances last year: .506 OPS;.194 average.

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I'm not super excited about this guy. Not a whole lot of upside here. His peripherals are solid sohe could be a decent play in average leagues but in OPS I wouldn't touch him he has no "SLGability" and very limited SB potential, would be very surprised if he broke 10 steals.

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In a 12 team AL only league where there is probably nothing avalible on the WW I would take a chance. sounds like he is going to play everyday.

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

Others have picked him up and still more respect his value in AL-only leagues. I guess if you don't find him relevant then a thread is considered "trolling."

As others have alluded to, his poor average last season came under a very small sample size. I've seen each of his at-bats and he will be much better than his previous stats indicate. Moreover, he will be leading off because none of the Jays take enough pitches. That was one of their major issues early - their bats were struggling but more important was the fact that they were seeing so few pitches each at-bat that every mediocre pitcher looked like an all-star against them since their pitch count never got up.

Kawasaki is indeed an icon in Toronto at the moment. Admittedly, I would not have been aware of him if I wasn't following the Blue Jays but since he's a SS and he's leading off, I figured I could share my knowledge. Kawasaki fever is in full force.

I do agree he's a much better team player than fantasy player but I do fully believe he will be able to carve out minimal value due to his runs scored and adequate batting average. He will also sprinkle in a few RBI's. He's not a savior but if Emilio Bonifacio's thread is 7+ pages I see no reason why a player who actually starts (and leads off) doesn't deserve a thread.

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