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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: WILLIE CALHOUN OUTFIELDER TEXAS RANGERS

Sometimes a hitter just has "It."  That certain "It" centers on a hitter's innate ability to not only consistently put bat to ball but also control the strike zone with a keen eye.  Some present-day examples of such hitters include Joey Votto, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, and Jose Altuve; all guys who should hear their names called during the first two rounds of mixed league fantasy baseball drafts this spring.  Well a new member to that illustrious group may be ready to reveal himself down in Texas in the form of outfielder Willie Calhoun who carries all the same traits of those listed above and who is primed to be one of the very best rookies in the game this season.  Having turned just 23 this past November, Calhoun is slated for an everyday outfield role on the Rangers this season and he comes of a huge 2017 campaign in the minors which include a total of 31 home runs, 93 RBI, 80 runs scored, and averages of .298 (Dodgers) and .310 (Rangers) among the two Triple-A stops he made last season.  Needless to say, those are some very impressive offensive numbers and looking under the advanced hood shows even greater ability.  It is here where we really can see what a terrific pure hitter Calhoun is as his 11.8 K/9 (Dodgers) and 10.0 K/9 (Rangers) at Triple-A last season show extreme contact ability that will lead to a string of .300 averages at the major league level and that is without even taking into account how great hitting in Texas can be.  Add in the monster power and Calhoun looks like he may be the next big .300-hitting/30-HR slugger that draws comparisons to a Yoenis Cespedes and J.D. Martinez.  In case you forgot, both of those guys are OF 1's on ability alone and Calhoun could become that guy before too long.  This kid is going to be a real player and now is the time to get him into bold lettering on your cheat sheets.


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