Yu Chang

Yu Chang

26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Guardians
2022 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yu Chang in 2022. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2020.
Smacks homer in win
3BCleveland Guardians
October 3, 2021
Chang went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 6-0 win over Texas.
ANALYSIS
The infielder showed some promise to end 2021, batting .310 (13-for-42) across his last 12 games. Chang wasn't able to secure an everyday role this year, slashing .228/.267/.426 with nine homers, one stolen base, 39 RBI and 32 runs scored in 251 plate appearances. His defensive versatility has done more to keep him on the big club's radar than his bat through his first three major-league seasons.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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#9
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10
7
3
1
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vs LHP
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#2
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#4
#5
#6
#7
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2
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11
13
6
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .628 173 15 4 20 0 .210 .277 .350
Since 2019vs Right .683 175 26 6 26 1 .220 .269 .415
2021vs Left .668 132 12 4 18 0 .226 .265 .403
2021vs Right .720 119 20 5 21 1 .230 .269 .451
2020vs Left .730 9 0 0 1 0 .286 .444 .286
2020vs Right .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Left .397 32 3 0 1 0 .115 .281 .115
2019vs Right .650 52 5 1 5 0 .213 .288 .362
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .700 145 19 4 18 0 .231 .290 .410
Since 2019Away .625 203 22 6 28 1 .203 .261 .364
2021Home .738 108 14 4 15 0 .245 .287 .451
2021Away .659 143 18 5 24 1 .215 .252 .407
2020Home .476 9 1 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143
2020Away .500 4 0 0 1 0 .250 .250 .250
2019Home .606 28 4 0 3 0 .200 .286 .320
2019Away .536 56 4 1 3 0 .167 .286 .250
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Stat Review
How does Yu Chang 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
0.16
 
BB Rate
4.4%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.198
 
AVG
.228
 
OBP
.267
 
SLG
.426
 
OPS
.693
 
wOBA
.301
 
Exit Velocity
81.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.9%
 
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Some utility players see the field three or four times a week. Chang spent most of last season as Cleveland's reserve infielder, backing up Cesar Hernandez, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, who between them started 178 of 180 games. The Maytag repairman saw more action last season. Chang spent all but the last weekend on the major-league roster but appeared in only 10 games, stepping into the batter's box just 13 times. Like many young players, Chang could have benefited from more developmental time in Triple-A. He has displayed a bit of power and speed in the minors but needs to improve his bat-to-ball skills. There are openings on Cleveland's roster at the major-league level, so Chang should get a chance to compete for a job, and with half of last season's infield no longer on the club, Chang could enjoy more playing time.
Chang's mortal enemy should be Christian Arroyo. Both are going to compete for the same role on the team, but Arroyo will have the upper hand as he is out of minor-league options while Chang has one more year of the yo-yo treatment. Chang's defensive abilities mirror those of Arroyo, but it is Chang who has the better offensive profile of the two despite what we saw of him in his time at the big-league level last year. Chang accepts his walks, but his issues with contact limit his ability to hit for high average. Perhaps there is a happy medium coming between his contact and his power, and he'll likely get the chance to work on that more with a return trip to Akron, assuming Arroyo does not completely bomb this spring in Arizona.
Among qualified hitters, Chang's .220 average was third worst in the Eastern League, but because of his power (.241 ISO) and patience (10.2 percent walk rate), he was still well above league average (110 wRC+). His career-high 48.1 percent pull rate and career-worst 26.4 percent strikeout rate suggest he may have been selling out a little to get to that power, but his .254 BABIP is still quite a bit worse than we would expect to see if he had normal luck. So we have a power hitting shortstop whose batting average, while never likely to be all that high, was still deceivingly low last year. He has average speed and has had success on the bases (22-for-29) over the past two years, so he could chip in a handful of steals annually early in his big-league career. It's not the most exciting profile, especially considering he will have to move to second base or third base if he stays in this organization, but given his proximity to the big leagues and the fact he won't turn 23 until August, he is worth rostering in most dynasty leagues.
The 21-year-old shortstop from Taiwan continued his improvement in 2016. In 109 games at High-A Lynchburg, Chang slashed .256/.332/.463. He increased his average over 25 points and drew nearly 20 more walks than the season prior, showing an advanced approach at the dish. Chang also tapped into his power potential, smacking 13 home runs while driving home 70 runs. With 11 stolen bases to his credit as well in 2016, Chang is emerging as a prospect with significant upside. He must prove he can hit for an even higher average as he continues his ascension towards the majors. In addition, the Indians have budding superstar Francisco Lindor at shortstop for the foreseeable future, so a position change could be in the works. He should begin next season at Double-A.
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Hits bases-clearing triple
3BCleveland Guardians
September 21, 2021
Chang went 1-for-3 with a three-run triple during Tuesday's win over the Royals.
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Retreats to bench
3BCleveland Guardians
September 20, 2021
Chang is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader with the Royals.
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Racks up three hits in win
3BCleveland Guardians
September 19, 2021
Chang went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 11-1 win over the Yankees.
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Breaks out of offensive funk
3BCleveland Guardians
September 18, 2021
Chang went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a pair of runs scored in an 11-3 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
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Plays hero twice Wednesday
3BCleveland Guardians
September 1, 2021
Chang went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two total RBI in Wednesday's win over the Royals.
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