Choi Providing Some Bite in Australia

Another hot hitter is swinging the bat in Australia.  He is a Mariner propspect Ji-Man Choi, signed as an after thought in Korea when he was catching a pitcher (Seon Gi Kim) the Mariners liked.  They liked the look of Ji-Man Choi so they signed them both.

Choi had a phenomenal season in his first year with the Mariners in 2010 hitting .378.  Back problems surfaced in 2011 and he didn’t play a game.  In 2012 they discovered a broken bone in his back.  He healed enough to play 66 games in 2012, hitting .298 with 8 homeruns and 43 RBIs.  Those would be great numbers for a catcher, but because of his back issues he moved to DH and first base.

The Mariners sent him to Australia to get some at bats.  Not a bad place to go to play baseball.  Anytime the Mariners want to send me to Australia to play baseball I would not object.  In Choi’s first 15 games with the Adelaide Bite he hit a decent .302, but he had yet to hit a homerun and he had only driven in seven runs, not the kind of production you want to see from your DH/firstbaseman.

Choi is on fire now.  In his last two games he has hit homeruns and driven in five runs.  In his last six games he is hitting .429 with five homeruns and ten RBIs.  In those 21 at bats he has only struck out four times, excellent for a power hitter.  He now leads the Bite in average (.338), RBIs (17) and is second in homeruns (5).

The Bite continue to fight for that last playoff spot in the ABL.  They are four games back of the leaders at 13-14, but only a half game from fifth, which would not get them into the playoffs.  They will need Choi’s bat to continue to stay hot if they want to continue their hopes for a playoff run.

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