Yu Chang
Yu Chang
25-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#600
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2020.
Pops first homer
3BCleveland Indians
June 5, 2021
Chang went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's 10-4 win over the Orioles.
ANALYSIS
The promotion of Bobby Bradley earlier in the day may have spurred Chang to launch his first homer of the year, as he took Adam Plutko deep in the third inning. It could be too little too late for him to maintain a consistent role at first base. Chang's .177 batting average and .493 OPS through 35 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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12
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+85%
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 .426 109 8 0 7 0 .146 .239 .188
Since 2019vs Right .645 81 11 2 10 1 .213 .272 .373
2021vs Left .398 68 5 0 5 0 .143 .191 .206
2021vs Right .738 25 5 1 5 1 .250 .280 .458
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
 
 
+10%
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 .553 71 10 0 5 0 .175 .268 .286
Since 2019Away .503 119 9 2 12 1 .176 .244 .259
2021Home .526 34 5 0 2 0 .161 .235 .290
2021Away .471 59 5 1 8 1 .179 .203 .268
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
0.19
 
BB Rate
5.4%
 
K Rate
28.0%
 
BABIP
.230
 
ISO
.103
 
AVG
.172
 
OBP
.215
 
SLG
.276
 
OPS
.491
 
wOBA
.218
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.2%
 
Barrels/PA
5.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Notches first steal
3BCleveland Indians
May 27, 2021
Chang went 1-for-5 with a stolen base in Thursday's 5-2 win over Detroit.
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Back on bench
3BCleveland Indians
May 2, 2021
Chang is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox.
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Two-RBI day
3BCleveland Indians
May 1, 2021
Chang went 1-for-3 with two RBI in Cleveland's 7-3 loss to Chicago on Saturday.
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Multi-hit effort Sunday
3BCleveland Indians
April 18, 2021
Chang went 2-for-3 with a run scored in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Reds.
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Starting at first base Thursday
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March 31, 2021
Chang will start at first base for Thursday's game against the Tigers, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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