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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 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. Sep 3 - 4:45 PM

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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.
Aug 21 - 1:20 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.
Aug 14 - 6:35 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.
Aug 5 - 12:01 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.
Jul 23 - 10:33 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.
Jul 9 - 11:13 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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Jett Bandy
2Carlos Perez
3Tony Sanchez
1B1C.J. Cron
2B1Cliff Pennington
2Kaleb Cowart
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Nolan Fontana
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Cameron Maybin
2Ji-Man Choi
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Ryan LaMarre
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
S1Garrett Richards
2Ricky Nolasco
3Matt Shoemaker
4Tyler Skaggs
5Jesse Chavez
6Nick Tropeano
7Andrew Heaney
8John Lamb
9Alex Meyer
10Nate Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Huston Street
2Cam Bedrosian
3J.C. Ramirez
4Andrew Bailey
5Deolis Guerra
6Brooks Pounders
7Jose Alvarez
8Mike Morin
9Kirby Yates
10Edward Paredes
11Keynan Middleton
12Austin Adams
13Justin Miller