Ji-Man Choi
Ji-Man Choi
28-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Tampa Bay Rays
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Would you believe Choi's average exit velocity bested the likes of Anthony Rizzo, Edwin Encarnacion, Cody Bellinger and Nolan Arenado? Choi began the season in Milwaukee, and was designated for assignment at the same time Tampa Bay had decided to move on from 2017 surprise Brad Miller and his terrible defense. The two clubs swapped players and Choi became the 2018 version of Miller as he was a big part of the club's summer surge that kept them in contention a lot longer than anyone imagined. Choi hit .269/.370/.506 with Tampa Bay in 189 plate appearances, and C.J. Cron's departure this offseason gives Choi the leg up on the primary DH role for 2019. Choi should sit against all lefties whenever possible, so plan on a 475-plate-appearance ceiling for him, which makes him more of a single-league target. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Brewers in January of 2018. Traded to the Rays in June of 2018.
Sits against southpaw
1BTampa Bay Rays
October 2, 2019
Choi is not starting Wednesday's AL Wild Card Game against Oakland, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
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Choi will take a seat with lefty Sean Manaea on the mound for Oakland. He's made the roster, though, and has a decent chance to appear of the bench in what could be a game full of substitutions. Yandy Diaz starts at first base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
10
44
20
16
2
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
3
3
1
1
2
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+77%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .594 121 12 3 9 0 .190 .289 .305
Since 2017vs Right .891 605 69 28 91 4 .276 .375 .516
2019vs Left .629 94 9 2 6 0 .210 .309 .321
2019vs Right .869 393 45 17 57 2 .274 .377 .492
2018vs Left .513 25 3 1 3 0 .136 .240 .273
2018vs Right .908 196 22 9 29 2 .280 .372 .536
2017vs Left .000 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2017vs Right 1.221 16 2 2 5 0 .308 .375 .846
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+11%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .784 369 38 15 49 3 .244 .344 .440
Since 2017Away .900 357 43 16 51 1 .281 .378 .522
2019Home .734 245 24 8 27 2 .239 .335 .399
2019Away .915 242 30 11 36 0 .284 .393 .523
2018Home .869 111 12 5 18 1 .261 .369 .500
2018Away .856 110 13 5 14 1 .265 .345 .510
2017Home 1.035 13 2 2 4 0 .182 .308 .727
2017Away 1.150 5 0 0 1 0 .500 .400 .750
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Stat Review
How does Ji-Man Choi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.59
 
BB Rate
13.1%
 
K Rate
22.2%
 
BABIP
.303
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.363
 
SLG
.459
 
OPS
.822
 
wOBA
.360
 
Exit Velocity
91.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.7%
 
Barrels/PA
6.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2015
The Angels selected Choi in the Rule 5 draft last offseason due to his strong ability to get on base, and the early returns on their investment were mixed. Despite a middling performance during spring training, the first baseman did manage to break with the major league club, but he was sent off the 40-man roster after going just 1-for-18 over the first month and a half of the season. He continued to hammer minor league pitching, which earned him a ticket back to the majors in July, but he was only able to muster a .170/.271/.339 slash line by season's end. The 25-year-old did walk 12.4 percent of the time in the big leagues but he also struck out over 20 percent of the time. If Choi can begin hitting major league pitchers like he hits minor leaguers, he could garner a second look now that he's a member of the Yankees organization. However, with Greg Bird and Tyler Austin expected to amass the most time at first base and Matt Holliday slated to DH, Choi seems like the odd man out and could spend 2017 in an organizational depth role once more.
Choi was suspended 50 games last April for failing a PED test. He doesn't have much in the way of raw power, but the 23-year-old has outstanding plate discipline. In 70 games at Triple-A Tacoma last season, Choi walked 36 times against 42 strikeouts. He's posted strong walk rates and low strikeout rates most of his minor-league career, and he makes excellent contact as well. Still, he would need a big spring to land a roster spot to begin 2015.
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Two extra-base hits in return
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 30, 2019
Choi (foot) went 2-for-2 with a solo home run and a double Sunday in the Rays' 8-3 loss to the Blue Jays.
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Rejoins Sunday's lineup
1BTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2019
Choi (foot) is starting at first base and batting third Sunday at Toronto, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic eports.
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Feeling better
1BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
September 29, 2019
Choi (foot) was walking with less of a limp Saturday and could be available in some capacity Sunday, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Out Saturday with foot injury
1BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
September 28, 2019
Choi (foot) is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays.
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Battling bone bruise
1BTampa Bay Rays
Foot
September 27, 2019
Choi is day-to-day with a bone bruise on his foot, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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