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Ji-Man Choi | First Baseman | #51

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/19/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / UDFA / SEA
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Yankees signed 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 25-year-old slashed a troublesome .170/.271/.339 in 129 plate appearances with the Angels last season. He was designated for assignment in late December but elected to explore free agency rather than accepting his outright assignment to Triple-A. He'll compete for a role on the Yankees' Opening Day bench. Jan 15 - 6:07 PM

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Ji-Man Choi has elected to become a free agent.

Choi cleared waivers after being designate for assignment before the holidays, but he has opted to test free agency rather than accept an assignment to Triple-A. The 25-year-old batted just .170/.271/.339 over 129 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016.
Jan 11 - 1:56 PM

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

Choi cleared waivers after being designated for assignment two weeks ago. The 25-year-old batted just .170/.271/.339 over 129 plate appearances with the Angels in 2016 and will stick around as depth in the minors.
Jan 5 - 6:20 PM

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

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the arrival of Ben Revere. A former Rule 5 pick, Choi was awful in 2016 with a .170/.271/.339 line across 54 contests.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:16:00 PM

Angels recalled 1B/OF Ji-Man Choi from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Choi hasn't impressed this year but the Angels can afford to give him a look down the stretch now that rosters have been expanded. The 25-year-old from South Korea holds a .167 average with five homers in 102 at-bats for the Halos this year.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 04:45:00 PM

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

Choi has hit only .167/.265/.353 in the majors this season. He's no longer needed with C.J. Cron back from the disabled list.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 01:20:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Choi launched a two-run home run off Trevor Bauer in the second inning. It was his fifth dinger of the season. His season, on the whole, has been underwhelming. Through 95 at-bats, the 25-year-old first baseman is hitting just .168/.273/.368.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 06:35:00 PM

Ji-Man Choi went 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in an extra-innings loss to the Athletics on Thursday.

Choi hit a solo home run in the second inning and a three-run shot in the third, and he actually had a third robbed by Coco Crisp at the left field wall in the fifth inning as well. He doubled his home run total with the good night, giving him four homers and 10 RBI in 33 games. The 25-year-old is batting .182/.273/.390 on the year.
Fri, Aug 5, 2016 12:01:00 AM

Ji-Man Choi hit his second home run of the season in Saturday's loss to the Astros.

Choi hit a solo dong off Astros starter Collin McHugh in the fifth inning, his only hit in four at-bats. The 25-year-old has gotten some playing time since being promoted on July 9 to fill the void left by C.J. Cron, but he's just 7-for-31 (.225) in that span. Choi is hitting .163/.276/.327 in 24 games overall.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 10:33:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 9, 2016 11:13:00 AM

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.
Mon, May 16, 2016 08:24:00 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.
Wed, May 11, 2016 02:06:00 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.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 06:29:00 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.
Mon, Mar 14, 2016 04:36:00 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.
Source: angels.com
Sat, Feb 27, 2016 09:53:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
3Kyle Higashioka
1B1Greg Bird
2Tyler Austin
3Ji-Man Choi
2B1Starlin Castro
2Rob Refsnyder
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Chase Headley
2Ronald Torreyes
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Jacoby Ellsbury
2Mason Williams
RF1Aaron Judge
2Aaron Hicks
DH1Matt Holliday
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Michael Pineda
3CC Sabathia
4Luis Severino
5Adam Warren
6Chad Green
7Luis Cessa
8Bryan Mitchell
9Domingo German
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Dellin Betances
3Tyler Clippard
4Tommy Layne
5Chasen Shreve
6Ben Heller
7Richard Bleier
8Jonathan Holder
9Giovanny Gallegos