Willie Calhoun
Willie Calhoun
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Calhoun opened the season at Triple-A Round Rock, ostensibly to work on his defense, but also with team control in mind. Unlike in most instances, the defense excuse held water as the second-baseman-turned-outfielder is best suited at designated hitter. Calhoun was promoted at the All-Star break after slashing a modest .294/.351/.431 for the Express. He was sent back down Aug. 10, returning when rosters expanded. With the Rangers, Calhoun never got in a groove, especially with respect to power. His normally stingy strikeout rate rose and when he did make contact, it often lacked authority. He didn't have enough batted-ball events to qualify, but in the limited sample, his exit velocity and especially barrels were low in large part due to struggles facing lefty pitching. Calhoun should be afforded the chance to break camp at minimum facing all right-handed pitchers. There's still a chance he plays full time, just don't pay for it this season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in September of 2017.
Goes yard again
OFTexas Rangers
May 16, 2019
Calhoun went 4-for-7 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored Thursday against the Royals.
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Calhoun went deep in the seventh inning against Wily Peralta to record his second home run of the season and in as many days. Earlier in the game, he had also delivered a two-RBI single to put the Rangers up 3-1. While his emergence in the big leagues has been delayed, Calhoun is making the most of his opportunity early on, recording six hits in his 12 at-bats without striking out. Playing time could be an issue for him given the Rangers' crowded outfield and designated hitter situations, but if he continues to hit, the team is likely to find a way to keep him in the lineup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+65%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+17%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .477 46 3 0 5 0 .190 .239 .238
Since 2017vs Right .787 119 13 5 16 0 .288 .328 .459
2019vs Left .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2019vs Right 1.316 19 5 2 6 0 .474 .474 .842
2018vs Left .445 33 2 0 3 0 .167 .212 .233
2018vs Right .670 75 6 2 8 0 .246 .293 .377
2017vs Left .606 12 1 0 2 0 .273 .333 .273
2017vs Right .711 25 2 1 2 0 .261 .320 .391
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+71%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .743 100 10 2 13 0 .283 .330 .413
Since 2017Away .639 65 6 3 8 0 .230 .262 .377
2019Home .875 8 1 0 1 0 .375 .375 .500
2019Away 1.500 12 4 2 5 0 .500 .500 1.000
2018Home .700 60 6 1 8 0 .255 .300 .400
2018Away .479 48 2 1 3 0 .182 .229 .250
2017Home .789 32 3 1 4 0 .310 .375 .414
2017Away .000 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
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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
0.00
 
BB Rate
0.0%
 
K Rate
5.0%
 
BABIP
.412
 
ISO
.350
 
AVG
.450
 
OBP
.450
 
SLG
.800
 
OPS
1.250
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
2016
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.
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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Swats homer in 2019 debut
OFTexas Rangers
May 16, 2019
Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 6-1 in over the Royals.
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Gets call to majors
OFTexas Rangers
May 15, 2019
Calhoun was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Extends hit streak, above .300
OFTexas Rangers
May 15, 2019
Calhoun went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
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Playing second base in minors
OFTexas Rangers
April 28, 2019
Calhoun started at second base for Triple-A Nashville on Friday and will get a couple of starts per week there going forward, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Reports to minors
OFTexas Rangers
March 23, 2019
Calhoun reported to the Rangers' minor-league camp Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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