Full name YU-CHENG CHANG.....Wife, Ling...Son, Winston...Is of Taiwanese aboriginal descent…He is specifically a member of the Amis tribe, which is one of 16 officially recognized Taiwanese aboriginal groups…Is one of five brothers and a devout Christian…Signed by Jason Lynn and Allen Lin...Cleveland’s second Major League player from Taiwan (RHP Chen-Chang Lee)…Selected and represented the Chinese Taipei National Team during the 29th Asian Championship…Attended Taichung Gao-Nong High School along with his two oldest brothers, Jin-de and Ching-Lung…Jin-de is currently a catcher for the Fubon Guardians and younger brother, Wei-Sheng, is currently a switch hitting and ambidextrous OF for the Uni-President Lions in the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Spent most of the year in Cleveland and was one of the club's most productive hitters the final three months of the season...From July 1st thru the end of season, he batted .280 (37-for-132) over his last 41 MLB games after June 30 (8 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 25 RBI, .867 OPS)… The .867 OPS over that span was the second-highest mark on the club to José Ramίrez’ .902 mark...After another hot spring (.282/.317/.692/1.009), opened year on ML club, batting .127 (7-for-55) over his first 25 games (0HR, 6 RBI) and batting .176 (19-for-108) over his first stint with Cleveland before being optioned to Columbus on July 2...Was with Columbus, July 2-20, and again from August 2-12, batting .322 (19-for-59) with 5 2B, 4HR, 13 RBI, 9R, in 15 games....Following his final Aug. 13 recall, he batted .280 (30-for-107) with 7 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR and 23 RBI in 34 games (.325/.579/.904)...From Sept. 18-end of season, he batted .310 (13-for-42) with 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI over his final 12 games...Positionally, he appeared in 49 games at first base (41GS), 21 games at third base (13GS), eight games at second base (3GS) and seven games at SS (6GS)....On the year he posted a .988 fielding pct. (5E/407TC)...Homered in a career-high three straight games, Aug. 24-27 and drove in a career-high 4 runs on June 17 vs. Baltimore... On Sept. 1 at KC, recorded first career pinch-hit homer and recorded two XBH after entering in 7th (first substitute CLE hitter to do so since Jordan Luplow, 9/17/19 vs. DET)...Batted .295 (31-for-105) with runners on base, .321 (18-for-56) with RISP and .333 (8-for-24) with RISP-2outs...Batted .333 (18-for-54) off LHP (2 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 13 RBI) in the second half.
Spent two stints at the Major League level (July 24-Aug. 30; Sept. 15-24) during the shortened 60-game season, enjoying his first stint on the Opening Day roster...Around his two stints spent time at the Lake County Alternate Training Site...On the year, he appeared in four games at shortstop, three games at third base (one start) and made two starts at second base.
Spent most of the season in Triple-A Columbus, making his Major League debut in June and spending the last five weeks on the ML roster after the season-ending injury to José Ramίrez...Was recalled for the firs time, June 28 at Baltimore, making his debut that night in a start at third base...Optioned back to Columbus on June 30, appearing in two games in Baltimore ... Spent over two months in separate stints on the Minor League Injured List, April 17-June 17, with a sprained knuckle on his left hand (fourth/"ring" finger that dated back to Spring Training ... Around his IL tenure and MLB debut he batted .253 (64-for-253) with 15 2B, 1 3B, 9 HR and 39 RBI in 68 games for the Clippers … On year at Triple-A, he hit .283 (15-for-53) with an .897 OPS vs. LHP and batted .294 (20-for-68) with RISP … At AAA he appeared in 23 games at second base, 22 games at shortstop and 17 games at third base ... Recalled for a second time on August 25 and spent the remainder of the season with Cleveland...Collected his firs Major League hit that day vs. Kansas City (single off Eric Skoglund) and also tripled and scored twice in his third Major League game on Aug. 25...During second recall he hit .188 (13-for-69) with 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR and 6 RBI in 26 games...Appeared in 25 games (21 starts) at third base and 8 games at shortstop...Hit firs ML home run on Sept. 9 at the LA Angels, a 3-run shot off Justin Anderson...Over his last 16 games from Sept. 7-29, he was just 5-for-his-last-39 (.128)...Was 4-for-34 (.118) with runners on base and 2-for-17(.118) with RISP at the ML level.
Spent entire season in Triple-A Columbus, collecting career-bests in games (127) and hits (117) despite being 4.5 years younger than the International League average during his age-22 season...Was an International League Mid-Season All-Star...Was tied for seventh in the league in doubles (28), which were also tied for the fifth highest mark in the Indians system...Best month was July, batting .274 (23-for-84) with 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR & 14 RBI in 24 games (.880 OPS)...Appeared in 94 games at shortstop, 23 games at third base and nine games at second base...Batted in each spot in order with exception of first and ninth...Hit .292 (42-for-144) with 10 2B, 4 HR and a .798 OPS with RISP...Batted .337 (29-for-86) for Glendale in Arizona Fall League after season (4 2B, 4 HR, 17 RBI, .919 OPS) and was named to Fall Stars Game in addition to All-Prospects team...Was tied for sixth in RBI and 10th in average...Strung together eight multi-hit efforts over 12 games...Also tied for third in total bases (45) and fourth in hits (29).
Spent the entire season in AA Akron, tallied 24 homers and 66 RBI, both of which were the second-most among Akron's offense...Chang led the team in runs scored (72), while ranking second in walks (52), third in doubles (24) and fourth in hits (97)...His 24 home runs marked a single-season career-high, 11 more than his previous high of 13 in 2016 and were the fourth-most among Indians minor leaguers. He also ranked among organizational leaders in runs scored (T2nd) and RBI (5th)...Ranked 5th in the Eastern League in homers and T4th in runs and was a Midseason E.L. All-Star...Led all Minor League shortstops in homers...Hit .204 (32/157) in the second half...Added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20.