Health is the only obstacle standing in the way of Willie Calhoun’s must-have breakout year in 2022 with the Texas Rangers
It feels like Willie Calhoun appears on these kinds of lists every year, and it’s so unfortunate because we know the talent is there. But he can’t stay healthy to save his life.
A lot of his injuries seem to be freak ones, like being hit with pitches, and the nature of those injuries keep him out for extended periods of time.
The Texas Rangers certainly could’ve non-tendered Calhoun before the lockout, but opted to keep him around, a sign that they intend to give him one last chance in 2022.
Calhoun has the ability to hit 20 homers every year and a be solid lineup contributor, primarily as a DH. That can be valuable to any team, so the Rangers would rather him produce for them then have to send him packing to another organization. But if it comes down to a matter of health once again in 2022, I’m afraid Calhoun isn’t for long in Texas. And that would be a shame, because he’s a great person and fun to watch on the field.
The Rangers are improving steadily. They’ll be even better in 2022 and answer some big long-term questions if they can get production from Spencer Howard, Leody Taveras and Willie Calhoun.