Ji-Man Choi
Ji-Man Choi
27-Year-Old DHDH
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
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Brewers in January of 2018. Traded to the Rays in June of 2018.
Will see time at multiple spots
DHTampa Bay Rays
March 3, 2019
Choi, who walked twice and scored two runs over three plate appearances in Sunday's 10-4 Grapefruit League win over the Pirates, is one of three players expected to see time at first base during the regular season, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Yandy Diaz and Brandon Lowe are also capable of manning first, and the expectation is that manager Kevin Cash will make his playing time decisions based on matchups. Choi will also log time at designated hitter, a role in which he slashed .253/.350/.483 with nine home runs and 27 RBI last season. Choi's 24.9 percent strikeout rate and 71 percent contact rate in 2018 both left plenty of room for improvement, but his .242 ISO across 221 plate appearances represented an encouraging spike, especially when considering the relatively substantial sample size.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .448 31 3 1 3 0 .111 .226 .222
Since 2016vs Right .815 337 33 16 46 4 .241 .335 .479
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
2016vs Left .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2016vs Right .621 125 9 5 12 2 .174 .272 .349
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OPS at Home
Since 2016Home .804 192 20 10 29 3 .230 .339 .466
Since 2016Away .761 176 16 7 20 1 .231 .313 .449
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
2016Home .656 68 6 3 7 2 .190 .294 .362
2016Away .561 61 3 2 5 0 .148 .246 .315
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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In Friday's lineup
DHTampa Bay Rays
March 1, 2019
Choi (back) is in the lineup for Friday's spring game against the Orioles, Rays broadcaster Neil Solondz reports.
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Expected to return Friday
DHTampa Bay Rays
February 28, 2019
Choi (back) is expected to play Friday against the Orioles, Steve Carney of Sports Radio 620 WDAE reports.
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Nursing back injury
DHTampa Bay Rays
February 27, 2019
Choi isn't available to play in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox due to a back injury, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Likely to top depth chart at DH
DHTampa Bay Rays
February 18, 2019
The Rays expect Choi to serve as their top designated hitter and an occasional first baseman in 2019, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Not expected to return this season
DHTampa Bay Rays
September 29, 2018
Choi (ear/head) is unlikely to return to the field against the Blue Jays this weekend, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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