The Texas Rangers are reportedly calling up a player from their farm system. Even though it’s the end of the regular season is around the corner, a player is heading to the majors for the first time in his career. Willie Calhoun is Arlington bound.
Evan Grant broke the news yesterday. According to Grant, Rangers manager Jon Daniels said earlier this month that there were no plans to call up Calhoun. However, last Saturday, outfielder Carlos Gomez suffered a sprained ankle in Texas’ 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees. Calhoun is a prospect the Texas Rangers received when they shipped ace pitcher Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to NBC sports, Calhoun, 22, is set to make his debut tonight against the Seattle Mariners. In 128 games this season, he’s batted .300, hitting 31 homers and registering 93 RBIs. According to Jared Sandler, Calhoun will be playing left field and batting seventh.
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Calling up Calhoun is a good move. Especially since the Rangers are fighting for a playoff spot. As of late, the outfield has been a little bit banged up due to Gomez being injured again and Nomar Mazara dealing with quad soreness. Joey Gallo, who’s been in the outfield since Adrian Beltre was again injured, all of a sudden began to feel soreness in his wrist in yesterday’s 5-3 win. Gallo went on to remain in the game, so it’s likely Gallo and Calhoun will play alongside each other.
It’s time for Calhoun to get some experience playing at the major league level. He can play well enough to convince the organization to invite him to Spring Training next year.
Since it’s likely that Gomez is out for the rest of the season, Calhoun is likely to remain in Arlington for the team’s remaining 19 games. Calhoun must make the most of it.