Yu Chang

Yu Chang

27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yu Chang in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Traded to the Pirates in May of 2022. Waived by the Pirates in July of 2022. Claimed off waivers by the Rays in July of 2022. Waived by the Rays in September of 2022. Claimed off waivers by the Red Sox in September of 2022.
Non-tendered by Boston
3BFree Agent  
November 18, 2022
The Red Sox declined to tender Chang a contract for 2023, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
ANALYSIS
Chang has bounced between Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Boston just within the past six months, and he's now a free agent. The 27-year-old is a short-side platoon infielder with marginal power and negligible speed.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
5
7
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
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13
7
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+49%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .600 230 21 5 24 0 .212 .265 .335
Since 2020vs Right .707 224 31 8 31 1 .225 .290 .417
2022vs Left .482 89 9 1 5 0 .185 .247 .235
2022vs Right .718 101 10 3 10 0 .230 .327 .391
2021vs Left .668 132 12 4 18 0 .226 .265 .403
2021vs Right .720 119 20 5 21 1 .230 .269 .451
2020vs Left .730 9 0 0 1 0 .286 .444 .286
2020vs Right .000 4 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+43%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .719 215 25 5 26 0 .246 .321 .398
Since 2020Away .594 239 27 8 29 1 .196 .238 .356
2022Home .711 98 10 1 11 0 .256 .357 .354
2022Away .496 92 9 3 4 0 .163 .217 .279
2021Home .738 108 14 4 15 0 .245 .287 .451
2021Away .659 143 18 5 24 1 .215 .252 .407
2020Home .476 9 1 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143
2020Away .500 4 0 0 1 0 .250 .250 .250
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.27
 
BB Rate
8.4%
 
K Rate
31.1%
 
BABIP
.290
 
ISO
.107
 
AVG
.208
 
OBP
.289
 
SLG
.315
 
OPS
.605
 
wOBA
.275
 
Exit Velocity
88.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
28.8%
 
Barrels/PA
5.3%
 
Expected BA
.213
 
Expected SLG
.357
 
Sprint Speed
26.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
42.3%
 
Line Drive %
17.1%
 
Fly Ball %
40.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Back on bench
3BBoston Red Sox  
September 26, 2022
Chang is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Orioles, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Joins Red Sox
3BBoston Red Sox  
September 12, 2022
The Red Sox claimed Chang off waivers from the Rays on Monday, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Designated for assignment
3BTampa Bay Rays  
September 9, 2022
Chang was designated for assignment by the Rays on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Tallies fourth homer
3BTampa Bay Rays  
September 7, 2022
Chang went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Tuesday against the Red Sox.
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Occupying small-side platoon
3BTampa Bay Rays  
August 21, 2022
Chang went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored Saturday against the Royals.
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