Willie Calhoun
Willie Calhoun
23-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Here’s how the Willie Calhoun drinking game works: Every time a baseball writer on Twitter says something along the lines of, “Willie Calhoun can flat out hit,” you take a drink. If you had been playing this game when Calhoun was sent to Texas as the headliner in the deadline deal that sent Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, you may have ended up in detox. The man is good at hitting. He would have to be, considering he is built like a bowling ball and is a below-average defender at every position. Calhoun’s strikeout rate was never higher than 15.9 percent in the minors and his wRC+ was never lower than 123, while always being young for his level. He played second base with the Dodgers, but will be deployed in left field and at DH with the Rangers. Given how bad he is defensively, there’s a chance he sits against lefties, as he projects to do most of his damage via a pull-heavy approach against righties. He will spend most, if not all of the season in the majors. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in September of 2017.
Gets start under interim manager
OFTexas Rangers
September 22, 2018
Calhoun started in left field and went 0-for-2 in Friday's win over the Mariners.
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Calhoun got the start under interim manager Don Wakamatsu, who will guide the Rangers over the final 10 games after previous manager Jeff Banister was fired Friday. Calhoun was not getting consistent at-bats under Banister, so his start Friday could signal a shift under Wakamatsu, or it could have merely been a matchup opportunity for the left-handed-hitting outfielder against right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .553 40 3 0 5 0 .222 .275 .278
Since 2016vs Right .704 94 8 3 10 0 .256 .309 .395
2018vs Left .530 28 2 0 3 0 .200 .250 .280
2018vs Right .701 69 6 2 8 0 .254 .304 .397
2017vs Left .606 12 1 0 2 0 .273 .333 .273
2017vs Right .711 25 2 1 2 0 .261 .320 .391
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .731 92 9 2 12 0 .274 .326 .405
Since 2016Away .501 42 2 1 3 0 .184 .238 .263
2018Home .700 60 6 1 8 0 .255 .300 .400
2018Away .573 37 2 1 3 0 .212 .270 .303
2017Home .789 32 3 1 4 0 .310 .375 .414
2017Away .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Willie 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
0.29
 
BB Rate
5.9%
 
K Rate
20.8%
 
BABIP
.282
 
ISO
.120
 
AVG
.239
 
OBP
.287
 
SLG
.359
 
OPS
.646
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Calhoun showed impressive power from the left side of the plate in 2016. Despite standing at just 5-foot-8, the 21-year-old clubbed 27 home runs and tallied 88 RBI in 132 games at Double-A Tulsa. The power surge did come at a cost, though; Calhoun hit a career-low .254. Still, Calhoun may have been unlucky, as he sported a low BABIP (.242). Indeed, Calhoun is not a high-strikeout player, as the second baseman fanned just 65 times in those 132 contests. It remains to be seen where Calhoun will end up playing in the field, as his defense is suspect. Still, Calhoun's power potential combined with the ability to make contact may force the Dodgers to find a place for him to play. Calhoun should start 2017 at Triple-A, with the chance to see the majors before the year is through.
Of the players selected outside of the first 100 picks in last year’s draft, Calhoun is the most intriguing. The 5-foot-9 second basemen slipped, because that is what happens to diminutive players who have already been pigeonholed at the keystone. However, Andrew Friedman clearly had his eyes on Calhoun, as he had previously drafted him in the 17th round in 2013 with the Rays, but was unable to sign him. Calhoun immediately rewarded Friedman’s persistence, slashing .316/.390/.519 with 11 home runs in 73 games across three levels. His rapid ascension to High-A after getting drafted almost exactly mirrors that of the No. 2 overall pick, Alex Bregman, only Calhoun hit for more power and is seven months younger than Bregman. After playing 20 games at High-A to close out the year, he could head back there at the start of 2016, and should remain on a fast track to the majors if he continues to hit.
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Makes second straight start
OFTexas Rangers
September 18, 2018
Calhoun went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Monday's loss to the Rays.
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Homers in rare start
OFTexas Rangers
September 17, 2018
Calhoun went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 7-3 loss to the Padres.
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Sets offseason goals
OFTexas Rangers
September 9, 2018
Calhoun identified losing weight as his main offseason goal, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. He sees a drop in weight as one part of a plan to improve his defense and base running, areas of the game manager Jeff Banister cited as the outfielder's offseason projects.
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Callup expected Tuesday
OFTexas Rangers
September 4, 2018
Calhoun will be called up to Texas on Tuesday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Will return to Texas in September
OFTexas Rangers
August 17, 2018
Calhoun will return to the Rangers when rosters expand on Sept. 1, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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