Ji-Man Choi

Position: 1B
Born: 5/19/1991
Height: 6'1
Weight: 230
B/T: S/R
Acquired: Selected in the 2015 Rule 5 Draft (LAA). Originally signed as an international free agent (South Korea) in 2009 (SEA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2015 SEASON STATS: Hit a combined .290 in 23 games between the Arizona League (Rookie) and Tacoma (Triple-A) with one HR and 18 RBIs.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Already on the 40-man roster, he made the club out of spring training.
MLB Debut Date: 4/5/2016

Debut Details
April 5, in a 6-1 loss to the Cubs. He came into the game in the ninth inning as a defensive replacement and took the lineup spot of DH Geovany Soto but did not get an at-bat.

Player Notes
Choi didn’t have to wait too long for that first big league at-bat, as he pinch-hit the next night, April 7, once again a late-game entry and got his first start on April 8, going 0-for-3 with a walk against Texas. A fractured fibula suffered in spring training limited him to just a handful of games in 2015 but he came back strong this spring, proving his mettle as a potentially valuable left-hander off the bench who can give the club defensive versatility late in games. A converted catcher, Choi has missed time due to other injuries as well, including virtually all of 2011 with a strained back muscle, as well as serving a 50-game suspension in 2014 for performance-enhancing drugs. Choi became a minor league free agent on November 6, 2015 and was signed by Baltimore, but never played a game for the Orioles after being taken in the Rule 5 Draft by the Angels just two weeks later.