Ji-Man Choi
Ji-Man Choi
29-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Tampa Bay Rays
10-Day IL
Injury Hamstring
Est. Return 9/30/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Choi's last two seasons have been similar, with the difference being the move from homer-embellishing Miller Park to power-suppressing Tropicana Field. Choi improved his K% and BB% last season. His average exit velocity is consistently around the 85th percentile, fueling a reasonable batting average floor and moderate power, capped by a slightly-below-average flyball rate. Some platoon hitters can't hit same-side pitching, others aren't given enough reps to find out if they can. Choi's career 127 wRC+ facing right-handers is nearly double his 64 wRC+ mark against southpaws, but he only has 125 career plate appearances against left-handers, just over 10% of what's necessary to say the player owns his splits. However, the Strat-O-Matic Rays aren't the right organization to give Choi more same-side at-bats, restricting his fantasy value to deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Rays in March of 2019.
Optimism for return remains strong
1BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 26, 2020
Choi (hamstring) went through what manager Kevin Cash labeled a "lighter day" of workouts Saturday, and optimism remains high for his availability early in the postseason, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Choi ran the bases and hit live pitching Friday, and although he wasn't as active Saturday, he remains on track to suit up sooner rather than later. Cash noted Choi and fellow injured infielder Yandy Diaz will have a more comprehensive workout again Monday, at which point there will be more clarity on both players for a postseason that begins Tuesday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
2
1
20
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+70%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+38%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+77%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .586 137 13 4 11 0 .183 .277 .308
Since 2018vs Right .865 716 82 28 100 4 .271 .372 .493
2020vs Left .461 18 1 1 2 0 .118 .167 .294
2020vs Right .783 127 15 2 14 0 .248 .354 .429
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .783 425 44 14 54 3 .245 .348 .435
Since 2018Away .855 428 51 18 57 1 .267 .364 .490
2020Home .825 69 8 1 9 0 .241 .362 .463
2020Away .670 76 8 2 7 0 .221 .303 .368
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
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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
0.56
 
BB Rate
13.8%
 
K Rate
24.8%
 
BABIP
.291
 
ISO
.180
 
AVG
.230
 
OBP
.331
 
SLG
.410
 
OPS
.741
 
wOBA
.321
 
Exit Velocity
84.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2015
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.
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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1BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 25, 2020
Choi (hamstring) ran the bases and hit live pitching Friday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
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More live hitting Thursday
1BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 24, 2020
Choi (hamstring) is scheduled to take live batting practice against Jose Alvarado (shoulder) at Tropicana Field on Thursday, the Associated Press reports.
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Faces live pitching Tuesday
1BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 22, 2020
Choi (hamstring) took between five and seven at-bats against live pitching before Tuesday's game but did minimal running, the Associated Press reports.
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Progressing toward return
1BTampa Bay Rays
Hamstring
September 21, 2020
Choi (hamstring) looked good in a pair of batting practice sessions Sunday and Monday and will participate in live batting practice soon, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Slated for batting practice
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Hamstring
September 19, 2020
Choi (hamstring) will take batting practice at the Rays' alternate training site Sunday and Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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