Kole Calhoun, who was an 8th round pick by the Angels in 2010, has been the Angels primary Right Fielder since the 2014 season and even won a Gold Glove in the 2015 season. Angels fans know that Calhoun has always had spectacular defense while having an above average bat despite having two down offensive years in 2017 and 2018. As of September 10th, 2019, Calhoun has posted a career OPS+ (On-base Slugging Percentages with adjustment to ballpark) of 105 with 100 being the average offensive Baseball player.
Since his debut for the Angels on May 22, 2012 he has posted a slash-line of .249/.322/.423 while hitting 165 Doubles, 17 Triples, and 134 Home Runs while driving in 444 runs in 949 games played in his career. According to bWAR (Baseball Reference Wins Above Replacement), Kole Calhoun’s best season was in 2014 (4.1 WAR), when he played in 127 games and posted a slash-line of .272/.325/.450 while hitting 31 Doubles, 3 Triples, and 17 Home Runs while driving in 58 runs.
After having two below average offensive seasons, Calhoun, has set a new career high in Home Runs this season with 28. Calhoun’s previous career high in homers was 26 which he did in the 2015 season. He also has a chance of setting new career highs in Runs, Doubles, RBI, Walks, and Slugging Percentage.
The Angels do have a big decision to make on Calhoun as they hold a club option for him for next season that is worth $14MM with a $1MM buyout. The decision is likely to be a tough one because Calhoun has a huge presence in the clubhouse and has been there for quite some time, but the Angels have plenty of Outfielder’s .The Angels have Outfielder’s Justin Upton, Mike Trout, Brian Goodwin and Michael Hermosillo all under control for next season plus top prospect Jo Adell, who is expected to contribute to the big league club next season. The Angels also have 3 other Outfielder’s in their top 10 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
Whether Kole Calhoun is on the Angels or a different team in 2020, fans should appreciate Calhoun’s play with the Angels as he always goes all out when on the field.
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