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3/28/1988 (29 y, 2 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 9, Pick: 27, Overall: 283, Team: Boston Red Sox
$0.2M / 1 Years (2014)
Kalish cleared waivers Sunday and was sent to Triple-A Iowa, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. (5/15/2016)
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Entering 2010, the Red Sox appeared to have one of the more defensively impressive outfields in the Majors, featuring J.D. Drew in right, Mike Cameron in center, and Jacoby Ellsbury in left. Unfortunately (for them), the latter two of that contingent played a combined total of only 66 games. Fortunately (for the present player), that meant an early introduction to the Majors for Ryan Kalish, who proceeded to bat a not-terrible .252/.305/.405 in 179 plate appearances while starting 32 games in center. With the arrival of free-agent Carl Crawford and the return of Mike Cameron from surgery, Kalish's prospects for Major League at-bats don't seem great. Just 23, he certainly has time to make an impact at some point -- and will likely be a 20-20 threat when he does. It's unlikely, however, that 2011 will be that year. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Kalish profiles to be a 20-20 player given a full season in the Majors. With the acquisition of Carl Crawford, however -- plus the returns of Jacoby Ellsbury and Mike Cameron -- 2011 is unlikely to be his breakout season.
A severe injury to his shoulder and neck after diving for a ball at Triple-A in April essentially turned 2011 into a lost year for Kalish. Even after a failed attempt to return to the field months later, he played in just 24 total games. He had neck surgery in September then followed that up with surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. The recovery will eat into the start of 2012, which is unfortunate for Kalish, who would have had a chance to factor into the Red Sox’ right field job after J.D. Drew retired and Josh Reddick was traded. The 24-year-old Kalish impressed in his first shot as a big leaguer in 2010, hitting .252./.305/.405 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases in 163 at bats, but it’s tough to tell how much he’ll struggle coming off two major surgeries. (Jason Catania)
The Quick Opinion:
After all he went through last year, Kalish is a fantasy wild card. He has enough power and speed to reach double-digits in both categories as a regular, but his recovery from the shoulder surgery is going to put him behind the 8-ball again, so the chance of an impact in AL-only play will likely be in the second half, if at all.
A former top-100 prospect, Kalish has never taken off at the major league level. Partially owing to injuries and partially owing to a lack of available playing time, he totaled just 282 plate appearances through the end of his age-24 season. In them, he hasn't done much to show that he deserves more playing time, but the potential he flashed in 2010 still looms large. That season, he posted a 153 wRC+ at Double-A and a 125 wRC+ at Triple-A before having a decent but unremarkable major league debut. The last two seasons have been brutal thanks to the torn labrum in his left shoulder, so the Red Sox are hedging their bets despite hopes that he can stake a claim to a significant role in the majors this year. If he does, there is the potential for him to be a 15-15 outfielder with an iffy batting average, but for now that remains a pie-in-the-sky projection. Kalish is a guy to stash on your roster if you have the wherewithal to stash a player, but as an outfielder who doesn't possess plus power or plus speed, even if he succeeds at the major league level he may not be a very valuable fantasy asset. (Paul Swydan)
The Quick Opinion:
Kalish hasn't been the player that many have thought he would be, but with his shoulder injury firmly in the rearview mirror, and the potential for playing time at the major league level squarely in front of him, he may just find himself as a decent late-round sleeper.
Ryan Kalish has been struggling with a shoulder injury off and on since 2011. That's taken some of the shine off of what used to be a rising star prospect resume. The lefty outfielder had power, patience, speed, and center field defense at one point. Now it looks like the power ceiling is a bit more muted, the speed isn't as top-shelf, the defense is better in the corners, and the contact rate might be a problem. But the shoulder is supposedly healthy this season, so there's a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. And as close as he is to being out of baseball, Kalish has opportunity at the big league level. All he has to do is be better than one of Darnell McDonald, Justin Ruggiano and Ryan Sweeney, really. That seems do-able, especially since the 25-year-old is younger than the other options and the Cubs are re-building. Projections might not know enough about Kalish's history to be believable, but in 282 major league plate appearances accrued while still hurting, Kalish has gone .243/.293/.351 with four homers and 13 steals. If you play in deeper leagues and accept that he has upside beyond those numbers -- he's certainly showed more power and patience most of his career -- then you might be interested right now. (
The Quick Opinion:
Now with the Cubs, Kalish has to prove his shoulder is healthy, and that he has more power and patience than he's shown in the big leagues so far. Deep leaguers shouldn't forget he once had promise, and that the outfield depth chart ahead of him is underwhelming.
After a long layoff due to shoulder and neck surgeries, 2014 was finally the chance for Kalish to get regular at bats. The only problem was that the Cubs decided to make him a bench player for the first month of the season. Considering he hadn't seen live pitching since 2012 and regular playing time since 2010, Kalish put up a respectable comeback season between Triple-A and the majors. Given more time to put his injuries behind him, look for Kalish to at least be an interesting fourth outfield option with recovering-to-solid tools across the board. Formerly the prospect who made Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick seem expendable, he will still only be 27 years old this spring, giving him an outside chance at fulfilling some of his hype if he can manage to stay healthy. He took a lot of swings this year that seemed less dependent on tightening up his repaired upper body, leaving hope that he could still have a 20-20 type of ceiling hidden in there. Playing half his games at Rogers Centre shouldn't hurt his cause if he makes the Jays roster. Plus, the Jays have a bit of a need in the outfield right now. (Dan Farnsworth)
The Quick Opinion:
Kalish comes with high risks associated with his long injury timeout, but he still has the tools to back up his former reputation as a potential multiple-threat first-division outfielder.
Kalish did not play baseball at any level in 2015 after a minor league deal with Toronto fell through. He has not been under contract with any team since November 2014. (Brett Talley)
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