Kole Calhoun

Kole Calhoun

34-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Calhoun landed a $5.2 million contract with the Rangers after the Diamondbacks declined a $9 million option for 2022. The veteran right fielder is in a good situation to earn playing time, but age is starting to take its toll on his skillset. According to FanGraphs WAR, Calhoun was a replacement-level player in 51 games last year. It's hard to fully buy into what he did in 2019 due to the juiced ball, and his exploits in 2020 came in 54 games during the shortened season. He has the upside to hit 20 homers with an OBP over .320, but he has the downside to be waiver-wire fodder in the vast majority of mixed leagues. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#512
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$Signed a one-year, $5.2 million contract with the Rangers in November of 2021. Contract includes $5 million team option for 2023.
Dwindling opportunities
OFTexas Rangers
September 25, 2022
Calhoun went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Guardians.
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Calhoun's playing time has dried up, and Saturday's plate appearance was just his eighth over the last 12 games. He's made two starts during that stretch and was removed for a pinch hitter in both. The Rangers have prioritized the development of Leody Taveras, Bubba Thompson and Josh Smith instead.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
21
18
12
22
3
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
3
3
7
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+10%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+133%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+27%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .584 177 16 6 23 0 .180 .249 .335
Since 2020vs Right .708 635 71 26 78 4 .222 .301 .407
2022vs Left .646 85 7 3 11 0 .208 .282 .364
2022vs Right .588 325 29 9 36 2 .198 .255 .332
2021vs Left .334 43 2 0 4 0 .122 .163 .171
2021vs Right .778 139 15 5 13 1 .272 .338 .440
2020vs Left .707 49 7 3 8 0 .186 .265 .442
2020vs Right .896 171 27 12 29 1 .230 .357 .540
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .659 383 40 15 56 2 .201 .272 .388
Since 2020Away .700 432 47 17 45 2 .225 .306 .394
2022Home .606 192 14 7 28 1 .192 .245 .362
2022Away .593 218 22 5 19 1 .207 .275 .318
2021Home .654 90 9 2 10 1 .232 .300 .354
2021Away .686 92 8 3 7 0 .238 .293 .393
2020Home .773 101 17 6 18 0 .190 .297 .476
2020Away .913 122 17 9 19 1 .248 .369 .545
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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.

* 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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.20
 
BB Rate
6.3%
 
K Rate
31.7%
 
BABIP
.267
 
ISO
.139
 
AVG
.200
 
OBP
.261
 
SLG
.339
 
OPS
.600
 
wOBA
.267
 
Exit Velocity
90.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.3%
 
Barrels/PA
6.1%
 
Expected BA
.228
 
Expected SLG
.390
 
Sprint Speed
22.0 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.9%
 
Line Drive %
24.2%
 
Fly Ball %
37.9%
 
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Only six hitters in baseball had more homers than Calhoun's 16 last season. That total was buoyed by a career-high 28.6% HR/FB after he'd previously topped out at 22.9% in 2019, his final year with the Angels. Calhoun reached 30 HR for the first time in that infamous juiced-ball season after finishing in the high teens the three seasons prior (2016-18). He remained a batting average drain in 2020, hitting in the low .200s again even with a 21.9 K%, and a career-high pull rate approaching 60% paints a grim picture for his BA moving forward. Fortunately for Calhoun, he can still take his walks (12.3 BB% last season), and that skill should help prop him up as he pushes into his mid-30s. Calhoun is not a strict platoon player, but expect the Diamondbacks to sit him here or there against tough lefties while batting him anywhere from first to fifth versus RHP.
After three straight seasons of home-run totals in the high teens, Calhoun broke through with a career-high 33 long balls in 2019. The improvement can be attributed to a pair of changes in his approach -- an increase in average launch angle (from 12.0 degrees in 2018 to 14.7 degrees in 2019) and a pull rate (47.4%) that ranked 10th among qualified hitters. Unfortunately, the increased power output was accompanied by a career-high strikeout rate (25.6%) and a tepid .232 batting average, keeping Calhoun on the waiver wire in some mixed leagues. The 32-year-old does walk at a steady rate (11.1 BB%), but that's more of a real-life asset than a fantasy one. Calhoun's age and Statcast numbers suggest that he has neared the peak of his power potential, so he'll need to raise his batting average to a respectable level to be a net positive fantasy option after signing a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks.
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.
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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Fades into reserve role
OFTexas Rangers
September 12, 2022
Calhoun is out of the lineup for the first game of Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
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Not starting Saturday
OFTexas Rangers
September 10, 2022
Calhoun isn't in the lineup Saturday against Toronto.
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Benched against lefty
OFTexas Rangers
September 6, 2022
Calhoun is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Astros.
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On bench against lefty
OFTexas Rangers
September 1, 2022
Calhoun is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Sox.
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Sits against another lefty
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August 30, 2022
Calhoun is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Astros.
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