Yu Chang
Yu Chang
24-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Cleveland Indians
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Indians in March of 2020.
Sent to minors
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
March 19, 2020
Chang was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Chang was in camp competing for a reserve infield spot but won't be winning the job. That would appear to leave Christian Arroyo with a safe grip on a bench role.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
7
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
2
5
4
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+64%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .397 32 3 0 1 0 .115 .281 .115
Since 2017vs Right .650 52 5 1 5 0 .213 .288 .362
2019vs Left .397 32 3 0 1 0 .115 .281 .115
2019vs Right .650 52 5 1 5 0 .213 .288 .362
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2018
No Stats
2017
No Stats
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .606 28 4 0 3 0 .200 .286 .320
Since 2017Away .536 56 4 1 3 0 .167 .286 .250
2019Home .606 28 4 0 3 0 .200 .286 .320
2019Away .536 56 4 1 3 0 .167 .286 .250
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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
0.50
 
BB Rate
13.1%
 
K Rate
26.2%
 
BABIP
.240
 
ISO
.096
 
AVG
.178
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.274
 
OPS
.560
 
wOBA
.260
 
Exit Velocity
87.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.3%
 
Barrels/PA
3.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
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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Back on bench
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 22, 2019
Chang is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.
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Heads to bench
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 17, 2019
Chang isn't in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Tigers.
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Not starting Sunday
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 15, 2019
Chang is not in the lineup Sunday against the Twins.
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Not in starting nine
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 13, 2019
Chang is not starting Friday against the Twins.
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Not starting Saturday
3BCleveland Indians  AAA
September 7, 2019
Chang is not in the lineup Saturday against the Twins.
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