What must Willie Calhoun do to break camp with the Rangers?
Calhoun will have to have an outstanding spring in order to make the team. The odds are against him. He can only play the corner outfield positions, and those are just about guaranteed to Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara.
If Calhoun were to show up to spring in shape, play a solid outfield and smash the baseball, the organization would have no choice but to assign him to the major league squad. And they’ll only do so if the 24-year-old is expected to play close to everyday.
Gallo would move to center to allow Calhoun to play left. The Rangers aren’t against Gallo playing center field; however, it would take a great spring from Calhoun and a bad spring from Delino DeShields to fully persuade the front office and coaching staff.
All of this is contingent on Willie Calhoun impressing throughout spring training. If he does not, he’ll be headed to Triple-A and placed on the waiting list for an outfielder or DH to hit the DL.