Willie Calhoun

Position: LF
Born: 11/04/94
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 190
B/T: L/R
Acquired: Via trade from the Dodgers on July 31, 2017, along with RHP A.J. Alexy and 3B Brendon Davis for RHP Yu Darvish (TEX). Originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .300 with 31 home runs and 93 RBIs in 128 games between Oklahoma City (Triple-A) and Round Rock (Triple-A), adding 27 doubles and six triples along with 146 hits for a .355 OBP and .572 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Round Rock on September 12 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/12/17

Debut Details
September 12, in a 10-3 loss to the Mariners. The starting left fielder, he batted seventh and went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and also added an outfield assist. Facing left-handed starter Marco Gonzales, in the second inning with two on and one out, he singled to right field to score Nomar Mazara. In the fourth, he led off the inning by grounding out to first base. In the sixth, against left-handed reliever James Pazos, he struck out swinging. In the eighth, facing right-handed reliever Shae Simmons with two outs, he lined out to center.

Player Notes
Originally drafted out of Yavapai J.C. (Arizona) after spending one year at the University of Arizona, Calhoun packs one heck of a punch into his 5-foot-8 190-pound frame, tying for sixth in the minors this season in home runs while still not sacrificing any average. Though he came through the ranks as a second baseman, his defense is the only "weak spot" on his resume so a move to left field is likely in order to make the most of his bat. Enjoying an All-Star season in his Triple-A debut, he strikes out surprisingly infrequently for a power hitter. In 2016, he hit .254 with 27 home runs, 88 RBIs and 25 doubles in 132 games at Tulsa (Double-A), posting a .318 OBP and .469 SLG and finishing second in the Texas League in home runs after making his pro debut at age 19 in 2015, moving quickly from Ogden (Short-Season A) to Great Lakes (Class A) to Rancho Cucamonga (High A), slashing .316/.390/.519 in 73 games with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs and 23 doubles. In one way, his promotion with these numbers would be a no-brainer but he still had another year of eligibility left before he had to be added to the 40, so the Rangers may well be indicating that they see him contributing on a regular basis as early as next spring by giving him a taste now.

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