Chris Carter was designated for assignment again and Ji-Man Choi was called up from Triple-A
After today’s 4–1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the Yankees decided to designate Chris Carter for assignment for the second time. Carter went 0–2 in today’s Independence Day game and dropped a throw from Didi Gregorius that gave Jose Bautista an infield hit. Carter has had a few errors at first base this seasons that led to runs for the other team.
Carter, who tied for the National League lead in homers last season, was not able to find much success as a Yankee. According to Katie Sharp, Carter is the only Yankee all-time with 200+ plate appearances and twice as many strikeouts as hits in a season.
In 61 games this season, Carter had 205 plate appearances since he got regular at-bats due to Greg Bird’s injury. He had a low .203 average with 76 strikeouts, 37 hits, eight homers, 26 RBI, a low .283 on-base percentage and a .374 slugging percentage. In Carter’s previous 10 games, he only had five hits in 35 at-bats (.143) with three RBI.
He was brought in to hit homers at a high rate like he did last season, which he did not do. The Yankees decided that they had enough of his subpar play and have decided to give an unproven player a chance.
Ji-Man Choi, who turned 26 on May 19, has only played in 54 games in the majors in his career. Last season with the Los Angeles Angels, he had a .170 average in 112 at-bats with five homers, 12 RBI and a .271 on-base percentage.
However, Choi, who is from South Korea, has showed that he doesn’t have much left to prove at the Triple-A level. The Yankees signed him as a minor league free agent before the season and in 56 games with the RailRiders this season he has a .289 average with eight homers, 15 doubles, 27 runs scored, 43 RBI and a .505 slugging percentage in 190 at-bats.
Choi had been on a hot streak at Triple-A recently. In his last eight games, he had 11 hits in 31 at-bats (.355) with two doubles, five homers, seven runs scored and 13 RBI. He improved his average from .278 to .289 in that span.
Also, in 54 games with the Angels Triple-A affiliate last season he had a .346 average with five homers, 17 doubles, 31 RBI and a .434 on-base percentage.
It is possible that he is what is known as a AAAA player, which is someone who plays really well at Triple-A but struggles in The Show, but he deserved a chance to show what he can do based on how well he had been hitting recently and how Carter really had not been hitting recently. Choi will likely be the starting first baseman until Tyler Austin returns from the disabled list or until the Yankee sign or trade for a first baseman.