Pirates acquire Ji-Man Choi from Rays


4:18 pm: The groups introduced the deal. minor league pitcher Jack Hartman goes to Tampa Bay in return.

16:09: The Pirates are buying first base Ji Man Choi of the Rays, in response to stories from South Korea (h/t to Homin Lee🇧🇷 Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Instances confirms the information on twitter🇧🇷

The transfer ends Choi’s four-year tenure in Tampa Bay. The Rays first acquired the Brewers’ left-handed first baseman in June 2018, sending the utilitarian Brad Miller to Milwaukee in a serious participant alternate. Choi began working, placing up a 0.269/0.370/0.506 line in 49 video games. He claimed an everyday job within the Rays’ first base/designated hitter rotation, which he has held lately.

Choi has been an above-average hitter in every of the previous three seasons. He hits so much and hits between 0.229 and 0.233 in all three years, however he makes up for the mediocre batting averages with plenty of free passes. Choi has ridden round 14% of his plate appearances in every of the previous three years, pushing his base proportion into the 0.330 to 0.350 vary. He usually hits double figures in dwelling runs and approaches 20 doubles a 12 months.

Going again to early 2020, Choi has a 0.231/0.342/0.399 row in 869 cumulative plate appearances. This offensive manufacturing scores 14 factors higher than the league common, as measured by wRC+.

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