Willie Calhoun
Willie Calhoun
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Texas Rangers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rangers in September of 2017.
Homers in loss
OFTexas Rangers
September 24, 2020
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and an RBI double during Thursday's loss to the Astros.
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Calhoun got the Rangers on the board with a two-run blast against Cristian Javier in the sixth inning. He also tacked on an RBI double in the seventh. It was the first long ball and the second double of the year for the 25-year-old, who is hitting .193/.232/.273 overall.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
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#8
#9
5
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2
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
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#3
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3
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+109%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+51%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .710 164 17 7 22 0 .228 .280 .430
Since 2018vs Right .747 364 43 16 47 0 .254 .305 .442
2020vs Left .753 20 0 0 4 0 .353 .400 .353
2020vs Right .361 63 1 0 6 0 .136 .175 .186
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+72%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+15%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+46%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .746 266 34 9 37 0 .260 .312 .434
Since 2018Away .725 262 26 14 32 0 .231 .282 .442
2020Home .606 33 1 0 6 0 .233 .273 .333
2020Away .352 50 0 0 4 0 .152 .200 .152
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
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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
0.29
 
BB Rate
4.2%
 
K Rate
14.7%
 
BABIP
.213
 
ISO
.080
 
AVG
.193
 
OBP
.232
 
SLG
.273
 
OPS
.504
 
wOBA
.205
 
Exit Velocity
84.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
36.8%
 
Barrels/PA
2.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Not in Tuesday's lineup
OFTexas Rangers
September 22, 2020
Calhoun isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Diamondbacks.
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Knocks in two
OFTexas Rangers
September 19, 2020
Calhoun went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Angels.
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On bench against southpaw
OFTexas Rangers
September 17, 2020
Calhoun isn't in Thursday's lineup against the Astros.
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Hitless in return
OFTexas Rangers
September 16, 2020
Calhoun went 0-for-4 in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Astros.
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Officially activated
OFTexas Rangers
September 15, 2020
Calhoun (hamstring) was activated from the 10-day injured list and is starting Tuesday against the Astros.
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