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Friday, July 20, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: WILLIE CALHOUN OUTFIELDER TEXAS RANGERS

While it came about three months later than originally anticipated, the Texas Rangers finally made the call to bring up top outfield prospect Willie Calhoun on Friday and he will likely step right into the spot vacated by the injured Nomar Mazara for that night's game.  Having entered into spring training as a top prospect in all of Major League Baseball, Calhoun became a very popular target at the fantasy baseball draft table last March with the thinking that he would be up at the latest in May after the Rangers waited out his service time.  Well the Rangers had other plans as Calhoun sat at Triple-A until getting the call on Friday but prior to that, he once again reaffirmed his status as one of the best pure hitters in the minors leagues as he compiled the following numbers before joining the Rangers:

.306
8 HR
42 RBI
57 R
4 SB
9.8 K/9
6.6 BB/9
.326 

What really jumps out about Calhoun's performance this season is how he looks like an outfield version of Joey Votto with the insanely low K/9 rate; which at 9.8 is as low as it gets.  The contact rate is superb and so Calhoun has batting title ability as soon as he gets comfortable in the majors.  While the power has been a bit on the light side with 8 homers in 408 at-bats, Calhoun is just 23 and is at least three years away from his prime.  Count on the power growing as he continues to age and with the .300 hitting ability already in the cards, Calhoun could be the rare slugger who also helps in the average department.  As of right now, check to see if Calhoun is available in your league as his original owner may have gotten impatient waiting for him to get the call and if so, he could be a tremendous addition for the rest of the season. 


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