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Ji-Man Choi | First Baseman | #51

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Angels purchased the contract of 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Salt Lake.
The 25-year-old is just 1-for-18 (.056) with six strikeouts in his limited time with the Angels this season. He'll serve as additional bench depth while C.J. Cron recovers from a broken hand. Jul 9 - 11:13 AM

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Angels outrighted 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to Triple-A Salt Lake.

He accepted a minor league assignment after going through waivers unclaimed. The 24-year-old didn't look like he was ready for the big leagues yet, collecting only one hit over his first 18 at-bats. He'll be back with the Angels at some point this year.
May 16 - 8:24 AM

Angels designated 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

The move opens a roster spot for starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, who was acquired from the Braves on Wednesday afternoon. Choi, who turns 25 next week, had one hit in 24 plate appearances this season with Anaheim.
May 11 - 2:06 PM

Ji-Man Choi has made the Angels' Opening Day roster.

The Angels haven't officially announced their roster yet but it looks like Choi made the last round of cuts. Choi only hit .200 in 65 spring at-bats but apparently the Angels liked what they saw. With Albert Pujols expected to DH full-time in 2016, Choi will backup C.J. Cron at first base.
Apr 2 - 6:29 PM

Ji-Man Choi has given up switch-hitting.

Choi began switch-hitting last season while with the Mariners, but Angels coached suggested that he hits exclusively from the left side. "If that’s what the coaches want, I will follow their instructions," Choi said through an interpreter. "It’s bittersweet because I can’t hit right-handed, but that’s what the coaches want, so I will do that." Choi, a Rule 5 pick, was limited to 23 games last season in the minors due to a broken leg, but he's in the running for a bench job with the Angels this spring.
Mar 14 - 4:36 PM

Ji-Man Choi will continue switch-hitting after teaching himself how to bat right-handed last season.

Howard Johnson, Choi's hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma, encouraged him to begin switch-hitting last year after he suffered a broken leg in spring training. He started hitting right-handed in August and went 6-for-14 down the stretch. Now Choi is hoping to crack the Angels' Opening Day roster, possibly as an outfielder. He would likely be a backup for Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry, who are expected to platoon in left field.
Feb 27 - 9:53 PM

Angels selected 1B Ji-Man Choi from the Orioles in the second phase of the Rule 5 Draft.

Choi signed a minor league contract with the O's in November, but they left him exposed to Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and the Halos decided to take a shot. The 24-year-old was limited to 23 games in 2015 due to a broken fibula. He owns a promising .302/.404/.481 career batting line in the minors but probably won't be a factor in Anaheim.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:56:00 AM

Orioles signed 1B Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

His contract includes a July 1 opt-out clause. The 24-year-old has never appeared at the major league level but he's posted solid numbers in Triple-A, hitting .280 with a .379 on base percentage in 335 at-bats. A broken fibula limited Choi to 23 games last season.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 11:18:00 PM

Mariners sent 1B Ji-Man Choi outright to Triple-A Tacoma.

Choi was the victim of a tough break, quite literally, as he suffered a fractured right fibula in Wednesday's Cactus League game. He'll be out four to six months as a result of the injury.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 05:13:00 PM

Mariners designated 1B Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

They needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Edgar Olmos. Choi suffered a fractured right fibula on Wednesday and will be sidelined 4-6 month, so he could clear waivers.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 08:37:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi (leg) is expected to miss 4-6 months.

Choi suffered a fractured right fibula Wednesday while trying to get to an overthrown ball at first base in a Cactus League game. He underwent surgery Thursday morning. The 23-year-old South Korean was hit with a 50-game PED suspension last season and will now miss another important chunk of potential development.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 10:22:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi has been diagnosed with a fractured right fibula.

Choi suffered the injury when he tried to reach for a bad throw from shortstop Tyler Smith near the end of Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Padres. The 23-year-old first baseman will obviously be out for an extended period of time. He hit .282/.386/.403 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 74 games last season between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi had to be carted off the field Wednesday after suffering an apparent leg injury.

Choi landed awkwardly after jumping for an overthrown ball at first base in the ninth inning of the Mariners' Cactus League game against the Padres. It looked like a serious injury for the 23-year-old South Korean, who hit .282/.386/.403 with six home runs and 35 RBI in 74 games last season between Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 05:45:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi has joined Double-A Jackson.

Choi sat out 50 games after getting busted in early April for Methandienone, a performance-enhancing drug. The 23-year-old South Korean first baseman posted promising numbers between High-A and Triple-A in 2013 and will try to get back on track now with Jackson.
Mon, Jun 9, 2014 11:47:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi has been suspended 50 games by MLB for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

The positive test was for Methandienone. Choi was added to the 40-man roster in November after hitting .295/.394/.535 with 18 home runs and 85 RBIs in 122 games last season between three levels in the minors. Baseball America ranked him as the team's No. 25 prospect over the winter. He'll now be sidelined until the summer.
Thu, Apr 17, 2014 05:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Geovany Soto
2Jett Bandy
3Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2Ji-Man Choi
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Gregorio Petit
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Daniel Nava
2Craig Gentry
3Shane Robinson
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Jered Weaver
2Hector Santiago
3Matt Shoemaker
4Nick Tropeano
5Tim Lincecum
6C.J. Wilson
7Andrew Heaney
8Garrett Richards
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Cam Bedrosian
5Jhoulys Chacin
6Cory Rasmus
7J.C. Ramirez
8Deolis Guerra
9Jose Alvarez