Texas Rangers: Make or break year for these three players

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GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 02: Yohander Mendez #65 of the Texas Rangers delivers a first inning pitch against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 2, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, AZ - MARCH 02: Yohander Mendez #65 of the Texas Rangers delivers a first inning pitch against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 2, 2018 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 25: Willie Calhoun #5 of the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 25, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Willie Calhoun

236 games at Triple-A and 48 in MLB the past two years and Calhoun is still on the outside, looking in. He’s limited defensively, and it just so happens the positions he can play are held down by Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Shin-Soo Choo.

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He’s certainly a victim of circumstance; however, he’s done very little to help his own case. Calhoun has been playing out of shape, he has not performed at the plate, and he’s even been benched for not hustling. Essentially, everything the Texas Rangers want to see from an emerging young talent, Willie Calhoun has not put on display.

With additional, and perhaps superior talent trekking through the minors, Calhoun’s Texas Rangers window is shrinking rather quickly. If he wants to finally stay on the big league scene, he better step on the gas pedal early this spring and not let off.

Given the talent ahead of and behind the 24-year-old, it’s going to take high-level productivity from him to receive consistent playing time this season and seasons to come. Thus, if Calhoun does not perform at a high level, he may begin to trickle down the Rangers’ list of major league candidates.

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