Will 2019 be the year the Rangers grant Willie Calhoun consistent playing time? Only then will everyone find out whether or not he can handle the major league level.
But what if I told you Calhoun will not play a single game with Texas next season? Not because he’s living life in the Rangers’ minor leagues, but because he’s been traded.
Sure, Calhoun was deemed the organization’s #2 prospect at the beginning of the year, but that doesn’t make him untouchable. If the Rangers plan on keeping Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara then what’s the point of keeping Willie Calhoun? Calhoun can’t play center field and he’s an inferior corner outfielder. In addition, the idea of playing a 24-year-old at DH is absurd!
I’ve backed him in recent articles, but the more I analyze the Rangers’ roster situation the less sense I see in keeping Calhoun.
The consensus surrounding him as a prospect was sub-par defense with a consistent bat. He’s had success at the plate in the minor leagues, but that success has not transferred to the majors. He was supposed to be a guy that can hit to all fields and hit for a high batting average. Thus far, he looks like a guy that constantly swings for the fences and his batting average in 99 at-bats with the Rangers this past season was .222.
It’s not fair to judge someone with so little experience so harshly. Though, that’s what Texas may have to do. They can’t share playing time among five outfielders. Sending Calhoun to a team in need of a promising young hitter in return for a promising young pitcher would be a quality swap.