Kole Calhoun
Kole Calhoun
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Los Angeles Angels
2019 Fantasy Outlook
When the Angels announced they were lowering the home-run line on their right-field fence, the lefty-hitting Calhoun became an intriguing sleeper. Those who took the plunge were rewarded with one of baseball's worst hitters before an oblique injury sidelined him in June. During the absence, Calhoun revised his batting stance, switching to a crouch that loosened up his swing and gave him more of an uppercut plane, and he went on to unleash a 10-homer July. Calhoun should've been much better on the whole. Per Statcast, he carried the second-greatest (ie, unluckiest) negative differential between wOBA (.283) and xwOBA (.334), and the third-greatest negative differential between BA (.208) and xBA (.252). He slugged 16 of his 19 homers against righties, and Calhoun's plodding foot speed doesn't portend more stolen bases. Still, the 31-year-old's career OBP and useful defense will help his playing time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $26 million contract extension with the Angels in January of 2017. Contract includes a $14 million player option for 2020.
Heads to bench
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 19, 2018
Calhoun is not in the lineup Wednesday against the A's.
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Calhoun has started all but one game for the Angels in September, slashing just .107/.261/.214 with two homers and six RBI over that 15-game stretch. He'll sit Wednesday in favor of Jabari Blash, who is starting in right field and hitting seventh.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .709 537 54 14 51 4 .240 .331 .378
Since 2016vs Right .732 1340 185 42 152 9 .244 .321 .411
2018vs Left .606 168 16 3 14 1 .207 .310 .297
2018vs Right .670 383 55 16 43 5 .208 .272 .399
2017vs Left .687 194 18 5 13 2 .223 .320 .367
2017vs Right .741 460 59 14 58 3 .253 .339 .402
2016vs Left .830 175 20 6 24 1 .290 .366 .465
2016vs Right .770 497 71 12 51 1 .264 .342 .428
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+25%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .690 932 111 24 90 6 .232 .309 .381
Since 2016Away .761 945 128 32 113 7 .255 .339 .423
2018Home .620 280 33 9 27 5 .198 .268 .352
2018Away .685 271 38 10 30 1 .218 .299 .387
2017Home .743 316 40 8 32 1 .258 .342 .401
2017Away .708 338 37 11 39 4 .231 .325 .383
2016Home .698 336 38 7 31 0 .236 .313 .385
2016Away .875 336 53 11 44 2 .307 .384 .491
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Stat Review
How does Kole Calhoun compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.40
 
BB Rate
9.6%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.241
 
ISO
.161
 
AVG
.208
 
OBP
.283
 
SLG
.369
 
OPS
.652
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Calhoun narrowly missed the 20-homer plateau in 2017, despite playing in at least 155 games for the third consecutive season. For the first time since he became a big-league regular in 2013, Calhoun's slugging percentage dipped below .400, while his batting average bottomed out at .244. Underneath those numbers is a hard-hit rate that fell from 35.3 percent in 2016 to 31.7 percent in 2017, along with the highest pull rate of his career (44.7 percent) and more groundballs than ever (43.9 percent). Ultimately, there were a few downturns, but nothing so precipitous to think that he can't return to a line closer to his career mark (.261/.330/.426) this season. The home-run total may never match the 26 he hit back in 2015, but Calhoun does a little bit of everything in a quietly improving Angels lineup with a nice amount of job security, which should make him a top-75 outfielder again in 2018.
Overall, Calhoun displayed significant improvement, especially with respect to plate skills as he recorded a career-high walk rate in tandem with his lowest strikeout rate as a major leaguer. The power was there as evidenced by career marks in doubles and triples; Calhoun just didn't follow league trends with respect to increased homers. Flyball distance is a leading indicator for homers, and in 2014, Calhoun hit 17 homers with an average of 281 feet per fly. The following season he smacked 24 homers with an average flyball distance of 305 feet. Last year he split the distance, averaging 292 feet with only 18 homers. This forecasts a home run total in the low twenties, which bodes well for 2017, especially if Calhoun maintains most or all of his plate skill gains. Calhoun adds value with his durability as he's missed only eight games over the past two seasons. He's a solid, stabilizing force in any fantasy outfield.
The stars seemed aligned for a big fantasy season from Calhoun in 2015. He was going to hit at the top third of a projected potent lineup and some were projecting 100 runs and a top-50 performance by season’s end. Oops. Calhoun was in the lineup every day, but the extra exposure to lefties dragged his numbers down. He hit .220/.293/.370 with a 26 percent K-rate against lefties versus .272/.316/.447 with a 23 percent K-rate against righties. Eighteen of his 26 homers came against righties and despite the extra 150 plate appearances, he scored 12 fewer runs than the season before. Calhoun had plenty of lineup protection behind him in Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but the leadoff spot was a problem all year long for the Angels. Yunel Escobar (career .350 OBP) figures to occupy that spot to start 2016, so that should represent a tangible upgrade. Calhoun’s defense keeps him in the lineup every day, but that will also hurt his batting average.
Expectations were high for Calhoun's first full season as an everyday player, as many saw the potential for a multi-category contributor after he was given an opportunity to succeed in the leadoff spot. An ankle injury suffered in mid-April while he was running down the first-base line sidelined Calhoun for more than a month, but he still settled in atop the Angels' lineup as the season unfolded. Heralded in 2013 for his ability to capably handle lefties, Calhoun hit .252/.322/.388 against them last season, prompting a platoon with Collin Cowgill in right field for part of the season. Limited to 127 games, Calhoun still hit 17 home runs and showed power similar to his rookie campaign, but he only attempted eight steals last season, perhaps due to the aforementioned ankle injury. Even if he loses time against left-handed pitching, Calhoun should have a prominent place in a very strong Angels lineup on the larger side of a platoon in right field.
After slugging a Ruthian-like .617 in 59 games at Triple-A Salt Lake in 2013, Calhoun was promoted to the big club late in July, when it was determined that Albert Pujols would likely spend the rest of the season on the disabled list. Calhoun took full advantage of the opportunity, as he slugged .482 and got on base at a .343 clip in 99 PA in August. With the Angels moving Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals in November, Calhoun is a serious contender for a regular spot in the outfield, likely in right field. While he does not offer a standout tool, Calhoun does everything reasonably well and could benefit from the talent in the lineup around him, especially if Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton can rebound.
Calhoun spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League, batting .298/.369/.507 with 14 home runs and 12 steals in 463 plate appearances. As always, you'll want to take offensive numbers from the PCL with a grain of salt, although that doesn't change the fact that Calhoun's bat looks like the real deal. He could open the year as the Angels' fourth or fifth outfielder, but it will probably make more sense for the organization to let him continue his development with regular playing time at the Triple-A level.
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Bops 19th homer
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 17, 2018
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Mariners.
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Knocks in lone run vs. White Sox
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 9, 2018
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk in Sunday's 1-0 win over Chicago.
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Hits bench Tuesday
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 4, 2018
Calhoun is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Launches 18th homer
OFLos Angeles Angels
September 1, 2018
Calhoun went 1-for-3 with a walk and a three-run homer in Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Astros.
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Second-half surge continues
OFLos Angeles Angels
August 28, 2018
Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a double, stolen base and a run Monday in the Angels' 10-7 triumph over the Rockies.
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