Roenicke: Aoki has no 'holes' at plate, 'fits in really well' with Brewers

CREATED Feb 26, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is discerning a move to make outfielder Norichika Aoki his permanent leadoff hitter.

If he does, he'll have a hitter in that spot who not only defines consistency, but who has few weaknesses at the plate.

"He's played a long enough time professionally and succeeded that you know there aren't any major holes," said Roenicke. 

"You can't hit .340, .350, .330 and have holes.  Over the years, (pitchers) expose those weaknesses."

Aoki finished last year with a .288 average for Milwaukee.  It was his first season in Major League Baseball after many years in the Japanese leagues.

After May 17 of last season, he maintained an average between .277 and .302.

Roenicke says that Aoki's work ethic has led to his success, but he admits Aoki took it too far when he would reportedly make 1,000 swings in a day to hone his craft.

Now, that's not the case anymore.

"He's good.  He fits in really well.  He's not swinging 1,000 times a day. That's different.  He still gets extra work in."