Willie Calhoun
Willie Calhoun
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
A shortened 2020 turned out to be a disaster at the plate for Calhoun, who finished the year with a .190/.231/.260 slash line, one home run and 13 RBI in 100 at-bats (29 games). He entered the year coming off the best performance of his brief career, smashing 21 long balls and driving in 48 over just 83 contests, but he wasn't able to build off that performance, much to the chagrin of fantasy owners. Despite Calhoun's struggles, it was reassuring to see that his K% remain at 15.7, the same as in 2019, and his exit velocity also was similar to his breakout season (89.3 mph). Opposing pitchers did appear to take notice of Calhoun's success in 2019, throwing fastballs to the slugger just 40.3% of the time in 2020, compared to 51.7% in 2019. The 26-year-old will attempt to start anew in 2021, as he's poised to see everyday playing time in left field and in the DH slot for the Rangers. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#441
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$Signed a one-year, $593,000 contract with the Rangers in March of 2021.
Removed for pinch hitter
OFTexas Rangers
September 19, 2021
Calhoun went 1-for-1 with a walk before being removed for a pinch hitter in the sixth inning of Saturday's 2-1 win over the White Sox.
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Calhoun is a career .233 hitter (.687 OPS) against left-handers and was removed once White Sox southpaw Garrett Crochet entered the game. The Rangers have always been cognizant of Calhoun's splits and will continue to be as they evaluate him for a spot on the 2022 roster. His defense isn't considered everyday worthy, so it's vital that Calhoun hit consistently regardless of an opponent's throwing hand.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
26
5
1
1
9
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
6
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+85%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .735 185 21 8 23 0 .243 .297 .438
Since 2019vs Right .748 504 57 19 58 0 .258 .315 .433
2021vs Left .622 52 6 1 4 0 .229 .288 .333
2021vs Right .741 192 18 4 16 0 .270 .339 .402
2020vs Left .778 22 0 0 4 0 .368 .409 .368
2020vs Right .421 86 3 1 9 0 .148 .186 .235
2019vs Left .779 111 15 7 15 0 .225 .279 .500
2019vs Right .881 226 36 14 33 0 .290 .345 .536
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+20%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+107%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .771 357 45 11 42 0 .281 .333 .437
Since 2019Away .722 328 33 16 39 0 .226 .287 .435
2021Home .772 138 15 2 10 0 .307 .362 .409
2021Away .641 106 9 3 10 0 .200 .283 .358
2020Home .701 46 3 1 9 0 .256 .283 .419
2020Away .338 58 0 0 4 0 .148 .190 .148
2019Home .789 173 27 8 23 0 .268 .324 .465
2019Away .909 164 24 13 25 0 .270 .323 .586
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
12.3%
 
BABIP
.283
 
ISO
.126
 
AVG
.261
 
OBP
.328
 
SLG
.387
 
OPS
.715
 
wOBA
.319
 
Exit Velocity
84.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.9%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It took a couple of seasons after the Rangers traded Yu Darvish to acquire him, but Calhoun finally had a breakout year. The 24-year-old took advantage of injuries in Texas to get playing time and showed his offensive potential, posting a .269/.323/.524 line in 337 plate appearances. The 21 homers and 99 runs-plus-RBI in half a season were impressive, as was the hard contact he made throughout the season once he stayed in the lineup. He struggled against fellow lefties, as his BA was 65 points better against righties and 14 of his 21 homers came off righties. However, his plate-discipline numbers did not have the big split we often see from youngsters, which is an encouraging sign for him moving forward. The new park in Arlington will present a new offensive environment for Calhoun and the rest of the Rangers, but it does appear that it will favor lefty sluggers.
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.
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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Knocks pair of hits in return
OFTexas Rangers
September 16, 2021
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored in Wednesday's 7-2 loss to the Astros.
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Activated, starting Wednesday
OFTexas Rangers
September 15, 2021
The Rangers activated Calhoun (forearm) from the 60-day injured list Wednesday, Chris Halicke of SI.com reports. He'll serve as the Rangers' designated hitter and bat second against the Astros.
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Activation coming Wednesday
OFTexas Rangers
Forearm
September 14, 2021
Calhoun (forearm) will be activated from the 60-day injured list ahead of Wednesday's game against Houston, independent baseball journalist Jeff Wilson reports.
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Joins Round Rock
OFTexas Rangers
Forearm
September 14, 2021
Calhoun (forearm) went 0-for-4 for Triple-A Round Rock on Monday.
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Rehab moves to Triple-A
OFTexas Rangers
Forearm
September 12, 2021
Calhoun (forearm) is scheduled to join Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday then play Monday and Tuesday, Eric He of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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