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.
Banished to minors
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 16, 2019
Calhoun was optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Tuesday.
Calhoun has struggled of late, putting together a .161/.188/.258 slash line with one homer and three RBI over his last 10 contests. With Hunter Pence (groin) back from the injured list, Calhoun will head back down for the time being.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .510 64 5 1 6 0 .172 .234 .276
Since 2017vs Right .760 180 21 7 22 0 .278 .317 .444
2019vs Left .563 19 2 1 1 0 .118 .211 .353
2019vs Right .857 80 13 4 12 0 .312 .338 .519
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
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OPS at Home
Since 2017Home .707 148 15 3 17 0 .265 .318 .390
Since 2017Away .678 96 11 5 11 0 .231 .260 .418
2019Home .669 56 6 1 5 0 .250 .304 .365
2019Away .968 43 9 4 8 0 .310 .326 .643
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.

* 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.
    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.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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 lineup Sunday
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 15, 2019
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 12-4 loss to Houston.
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Sits against lefty
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 13, 2019
Calhoun is not in Saturday's lineup against the Astros.
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Not in Thursday's lineup
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 11, 2019
Calhoun is not starting Thursday against the Astros.
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Connects for fifth homer
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 6, 2019
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 7-4 loss to the Twins on Saturday.
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Sitting versus left-hander
OFTexas Rangers  AAA
July 5, 2019
Calhoun is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Twins.
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