2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Willie Calhoun
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season
For some time, Willie Calhoun appeared on prospect lists with a plus hit tool but without a position due to his liability on defense. A trade to Texas and transitioning to the outfield helped his stock but Calhoun languished still in the minors. Appearing in Double-A at the age of 21, Calhoun hit 27 home runs with a .254/.318/.469 slash, eight percent walk rate and 11.6 strikeout percentage. Moving to the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League at 22 years old, Calhoun played in 277 games the last three years with 48 home runs, a .297/.365/.509 slash, nine percent walk rate and 11.2 strikeout percentage.
All told, Calhoun’s power surged in 2016 but his discipline held with a lower average. Then, his power rose again of late culminating in his 21 home runs, one every 14.7 at-bats with Texas last year in his 83-game sample. During his first prolonged stay in the majors, Calhoun hit .269/.323/.524 with 51 runs and 48 RBI. He reached safely in 65 of 76 starts and went through a bit...