Part of Shin-Soo Choo's impressive ability to get on base is that he isn't afraid to get hit by a pitch.
Choo posted a .423 on-base percentage, the fourth-best in the majors. He also was hit by a pitch 26 times, the most by any big leaguer in 2013.
"Hit by pitch is part of baseball," Choo said Friday night. "I can't do anything. If I get scared about hit by pitch, I might change approach and I can't do anything. Pitchers can throw inside. I can hit it or I get hit." Source26 Jan, 09:22 AM
Whatever the case may be, Choo has made a career out of being able to get on base at a high clip, which in return landed him a $130 million contract this offseason. Choo is expected to bat leadoff for the Rangers in 2014, the spot in which he has a .300 batting average and .413 on-base percentage over the last three seasons. If Choo can stay healthy and the Rangers newly reformed lineup lives up to expectations, there is no reason to think he can't finish out as a top 15 fantasy outfielder in 2014. Analyst: Matthew Beck View Profile
Reports are surfacing that the Houston Astros, the team that had the lowest payroll in baseball this last season, could make a strong run to acquire free agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports. Source19 Oct, 05:47 PM
Shin-Soo Choo's walkoff single Monday sends the Reds to the postseason with a Wild Card berth after they defeated the Mets 3-2. Choo went 3-for-6 with a double, two RBI, and two stolen bases. Source24 Sep, 02:02 AM
Someone is going to back up the money truck for Choo this offseason. Hitting .285, Choo has also gone 20/20 with 105 runs scored an a .423 OBP. There hasn't been a better leadoff man in baseball this season. Analyst: Ray Flowers View Profile