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 for 21st homer
OFTexas Rangers
September 26, 2019
Calhoun went 1-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run Thursday against the Red Sox.
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Calhoun was hit by a pitch in Wednesday's contest but was able to return to the starting lineup Thursday. He took advantage by reaching base three times, highlighted by a a solo home run in the seventh inning. Though he was plagued by an inconsistent role throughout the first half of the season, Calhoun has smacked 16 home runs since the All-Star break.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
12
17
9
12
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
10
4
4
1
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+13%
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 .696 156 18 7 20 0 .217 .269 .427
Since 2017vs Right .820 326 44 17 43 0 .278 .331 .488
2019vs Left .779 111 15 7 15 0 .225 .279 .500
2019vs Right .881 226 36 14 33 0 .290 .345 .536
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
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
-100%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .769 265 36 10 35 0 .270 .325 .444
Since 2017Away .792 217 26 14 28 0 .244 .295 .498
2019Home .789 173 27 8 23 0 .268 .324 .465
2019Away .909 164 24 13 25 0 .270 .323 .586
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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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 this season's data (min 200 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
0.43
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
15.7%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.256
 
AVG
.269
 
OBP
.323
 
SLG
.524
 
OPS
.848
 
wOBA
.366
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
40.7%
 
Barrels/PA
4.2%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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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Back in Thursday's lineup
OFTexas Rangers
September 26, 2019
Calhoun (forearm) is starting in left field and hitting third Thursday against the Red Sox.
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X-rays negative on forearm
OFTexas Rangers
Forearm
September 25, 2019
Calhoun was diagnosed with a left forearm contusion after X-rays came back negative Wednesday.
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Clocks two homers
OFTexas Rangers
September 22, 2019
Calhoun went 2-for-5 with two solo homers in Sunday's 8-3 win over the Athletics.
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Smashes two homers
OFTexas Rangers
September 6, 2019
Calhoun went 2-for-5 with a pair of home runs and four RBI in a 7-6 victory against the Orioles on Friday.
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Retreats to bench
OFTexas Rangers
September 1, 2019
Calhoun is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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