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10/14/1987 (29 y, 4 m, 14 d)
2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 8, Pick: 29, Overall: 264, Team: Los Angeles Angels
$26M / 3 Years (2017 - 2019) + 1 Option Years
Calhoun (abdomen) will make his Cactus League debut Monday, according to The Orange County Register. (2/26/2017)
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Kole Calhoun was probably lobbying as much as anyone for Peter Bourjos to get traded instead of Kendrys Morales, but no such luck. Calhoun, 25, a very promising outfielder for the Angels, hit .298/.369/.507 in Triple-A last year, and showed a nice little power/speed combo with 14 home runs and 12 steals over 463 plate appearances. But the logjam in the Angels outfield is deep and if Calhoun makes the team out of Spring, it will be as a fourth outfielder or pinch runner. Stash him in dynasty leagues, but don't expect much in 2013. (
Kole Calhoun is one of my favorite sleeper picks going into the 2014 season. The 26-year-old lefty has not been on any prospect ranking lists, but there are reasons to like him. With Peter Bourjos getting traded to the Cardinals, Calhoun looks to take over the Angels full time left field job. He hit eight home runs in 247 MLB plate appearances last season, and doesn't have elite home run power, but he is more of line drive hitter. He could maintain a decent batting average and isolated slugging percentage. He didn't show much speed in the majors (three stolen bags), but he has stolen over ten in each minor league season. The big key to his value will be his playing time and order in the lineup. He should be playing everyday, so his plate appearance total should be near 600. One possible issue would be a possible huge platoon split, but so far in the majors he has a reverse platoon split (.356 weighted on-base average vs lefties, .329 wOBA vs righties). His position in the lineup will also be important. He could hit anywhere from first to sixth in the lineup. As it gets closer to season's start look for information on possible lineup placement. The higher up he is, the more plate appearances and runs+RBI chances he'll get. Just remember that his ceiling is not as high as his minor league numbers might suggest, since he was old for his levels and played in offense-friendly parks. But he should be useful. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Kole Calhoun may not be on everyone's radar coming into the 2014 season, but he should be. His combination of power, speed and average make him a great later round pick.
Former Angel catcher/outfielder Brian Downing was notable in his era for recording the majority of his plate appearances as a leadoff hitter despite possessing more in the way of on-base skills and power than footspeed. Twenty-plus years after the latter's retirement, Calhoun has inherited Downing's (metaphorical, not literal) mantle. To wit: in 2014, Calhoun made 103 of his 112 starts in the leadoff spot. Indications are he'll reprise that same role in 2015. Indications are
that, while he'll probably exhibit only average-ish on-base skills, that he'll produce an above-average offensive line overall thanks to his above-average power. As is the case with other Angel batters, Calhoun's raw numbers will continue to understate his actual offensive value because of his home park. Also, he's a candidate to lose some starts when the Angels face tough left handers. Ultimately, however, he's a top-10 major-league right fielder -- one originally drafted in the eighth round and signed for just $36 thousand, representing an enormous return on the Angels' initial investment. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Formerly an eighth-round pick who signed for the baseball equivalent of zero dollars, Calhoun has developed into the Angels' second-best outfielder. He might not face every lefty, but he'll have starter-type playing time otherwise.
The positive thing about Kole Calhoun's 2015 season was that he stayed healthy. In 2013, it was a fractured hamate bone in the right wrist that required surgery and shortened his season by six weeks. The following year, in the big leagues, it was a sprained right ankle that cost Calhoun 31 games. A clean bill of health in 2015 allowed Calhoun to appear in 159 games and rack up a team-high 686 plate appearances. However, the production at the plate dropped by about 20% from the precedent set in Calhoun's first two seasons with regular playing time. Calhoun began to strike out more and walk less, and Calhoun's once-shiny on-base percentage dropped to just .308, making him only a slightly above league average hitter overall. Calhoun remains an immensely valuable player to Los Angeles. He plays fantastic defense in right field, and provides above average value on the bases, despite not stealing too many bases. He'll continue to play every day, and hit at the top of the batting order, which means hit in front of Mike Trout, which means score plenty of runs. Plenty of runs, especially if the OBP creeps back up a bit toward his career norm. (
The Quick Opinion:
Calhoun may have lost a bit of shine with a dip in production last season, but staying healthy is a positive sign, and Calhoun remains a valuable, well-rounded player with plenty of upside both in real life and fantasy.
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Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 3:32 AM ET
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