Yu Chang

Yu Chang

28-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Tampa Bay Rays
2024 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yu Chang in 2024. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Rays in February of 2024.
Returns from Triple-A IL
3BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
April 28, 2024
Triple-A Durham reinstated Chang (oblique) from its 7-day injured list Friday.
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Chang has made both of his first two starts at shortstop for Durham, going 1-for-7 with a walk. He attended spring training with the Rays as a non-roster invitee but was unable to win a spot as a utility infielder on Tampa Bay's Opening Day roster after straining his left oblique early in camp.
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+18%
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+33%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .527 113 13 3 9 0 .183 .239 .288
Since 2022vs Right .622 189 18 7 24 4 .195 .267 .355
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2023vs Left .687 24 4 2 4 0 .174 .208 .478
2023vs Right .515 88 8 4 14 4 .159 .198 .317
2022vs Left .482 89 9 1 5 0 .185 .247 .235
2022vs Right .718 101 10 3 10 0 .230 .327 .391
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+44%
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+46%
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Since 2022Home .692 154 18 5 25 2 .224 .312 .381
Since 2022Away .479 148 13 5 8 2 .158 .199 .281
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2023Home .655 56 8 4 14 2 .173 .232 .423
2023Away .450 56 4 2 4 2 .151 .167 .283
2022Home .711 98 10 1 11 0 .256 .357 .354
2022Away .496 92 9 3 4 0 .163 .217 .279
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May see time at short
3BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
July 11, 2022
Chang could get some playing time at shortstop with Wander Franco out with a wrist injury, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
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Taylor Walls is expected to get the majority of the workload at short in Franco's absence but Chang is likely to get some playing time as well. The Rays claimed Chang off waivers last Tuesday after he was designated for assignment by the Pirates. The 26-year-old has only started six games at shortstop in his big-league career but spent the majority of his minor-league career at the position. Since being acquired by Tampa Bay, he's 2-for-7 with two starts at second base.
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Chang once again enters the 2022 campaign without a guaranteed spot in the lineup. The 26-year-old bounced between Cleveland and Triple-A Columbus last season, posting a lackluster .228/.267/.426 slash line across 251 plate appearances in the majors. He's a versatile defender capable of playing all around the infield, but his best path to playing time this season is likely a short-side platoon at either first base with Bobby Bradley or second base with Andres Gimenez. Owen Miller and Ernie Clement will also likely push Chang for a bench role for the remainder of spring training.
Some utility players see the field three or four times a week. Chang spent most of last season as Cleveland's reserve infielder, backing up Cesar Hernandez, Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez, who between them started 178 of 180 games. The Maytag repairman saw more action last season. Chang spent all but the last weekend on the major-league roster but appeared in only 10 games, stepping into the batter's box just 13 times. Like many young players, Chang could have benefited from more developmental time in Triple-A. He has displayed a bit of power and speed in the minors but needs to improve his bat-to-ball skills. There are openings on Cleveland's roster at the major-league level, so Chang should get a chance to compete for a job, and with half of last season's infield no longer on the club, Chang could enjoy more playing time.
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.
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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Facing extended absence
3BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Oblique
March 1, 2024
Manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Chang was diagnosed with a severe oblique strain and is expected to be sidelined 6-to-8 weeks, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Out with oblique injury
3BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
Oblique
February 28, 2024
Chang will be sidelined for a couple weeks with a left oblique injury, Kristie Ackert of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Back in Tampa Bay as NRI
3BTampa Bay Rays  AAA
February 20, 2024
Chang signed a minor-league contract with the Rays on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Outrighted to Worcester
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 11, 2023
Chang cleared waivers Friday and was sent outright to Triple-A Worcester, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Dropped from 40-man roster
3BBoston Red Sox  AAA
August 8, 2023
The Red Sox designated Chang for assignment Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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