Kole Calhoun
Kole Calhoun
32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Arizona Diamondbacks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After three straight seasons of home-run totals in the high teens, Calhoun broke through with a career-high 33 long balls in 2019. The improvement can be attributed to a pair of changes in his approach -- an increase in average launch angle (from 12.0 degrees in 2018 to 14.7 degrees in 2019) and a pull rate (47.4%) that ranked 10th among qualified hitters. Unfortunately, the increased power output was accompanied by a career-high strikeout rate (25.6%) and a tepid .232 batting average, keeping Calhoun on the waiver wire in some mixed leagues. The 32-year-old does walk at a steady rate (11.1 BB%), but that's more of a real-life asset than a fantasy one. Calhoun's age and Statcast numbers suggest that he has neared the peak of his power potential, so he'll need to raise his batting average to a respectable level to be a net positive fantasy option after signing a two-year deal with the Diamondbacks. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2019. Contract includes $9 million team option ($2 million buyout) for 2022.
Delivers walk-off hit
OFArizona Diamondbacks
August 6, 2020
Calhoun went 1-for-5 with a walk-off single and two RBI on Thursday against the Astros.
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Calhoun stepped up to the plate in the ninth inning with the bases loaded and Arizona trailing 4-3. The 32-year-old cranked a two-run single, driving home Tim Locastro and Nick Ahmed to help the Diamondbacks secure their first series win of the season. Calhoun has now extended his hitting streak to five games while batting .214 on the year with a pair of home runs.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+57%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+11%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .670 366 39 13 42 2 .208 .309 .362
Since 2018vs Right .747 869 129 41 96 8 .224 .304 .444
2020vs Left .472 9 0 0 1 0 .125 .222 .250
2020vs Right .739 44 5 2 6 0 .211 .318 .421
2019vs Left .736 189 23 10 27 1 .212 .312 .424
2019vs Right .816 442 69 23 47 3 .240 .330 .486
2018vs Left .606 168 16 3 14 1 .207 .310 .297
2018vs Right .670 383 55 16 43 5 .208 .272 .399
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+67%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .698 615 82 26 71 8 .205 .294 .404
Since 2018Away .751 620 86 28 67 2 .234 .316 .435
2020Home .879 24 4 1 6 0 .273 .333 .545
2020Away .526 29 1 1 1 0 .125 .276 .250
2019Home .757 311 45 16 38 3 .206 .315 .442
2019Away .826 320 47 17 36 1 .256 .334 .491
2018Home .620 280 33 9 27 5 .198 .268 .352
2018Away .685 271 38 10 30 1 .218 .299 .387
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Stat Review
How does Kole Calhoun compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
20.8%
 
BABIP
.212
 
ISO
.196
 
AVG
.196
 
OBP
.302
 
SLG
.391
 
OPS
.693
 
wOBA
.311
 
Exit Velocity
80.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.9%
 
Barrels/PA
4.1%
 
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When the Angels announced they were lowering the home-run line on their right-field fence, the lefty-hitting Calhoun became an intriguing sleeper. Those who took the plunge were rewarded with one of baseball's worst hitters before an oblique injury sidelined him in June. During the absence, Calhoun revised his batting stance, switching to a crouch that loosened up his swing and gave him more of an uppercut plane, and he went on to unleash a 10-homer July. Calhoun should've been much better on the whole. Per Statcast, he carried the second-greatest (ie, unluckiest) negative differential between wOBA (.283) and xwOBA (.334), and the third-greatest negative differential between BA (.208) and xBA (.252). He slugged 16 of his 19 homers against righties, and Calhoun's plodding foot speed doesn't portend more stolen bases. Still, the 31-year-old's career OBP and useful defense will help his playing time.
Calhoun narrowly missed the 20-homer plateau in 2017, despite playing in at least 155 games for the third consecutive season. For the first time since he became a big-league regular in 2013, Calhoun's slugging percentage dipped below .400, while his batting average bottomed out at .244. Underneath those numbers is a hard-hit rate that fell from 35.3 percent in 2016 to 31.7 percent in 2017, along with the highest pull rate of his career (44.7 percent) and more groundballs than ever (43.9 percent). Ultimately, there were a few downturns, but nothing so precipitous to think that he can't return to a line closer to his career mark (.261/.330/.426) this season. The home-run total may never match the 26 he hit back in 2015, but Calhoun does a little bit of everything in a quietly improving Angels lineup with a nice amount of job security, which should make him a top-75 outfielder again in 2018.
Overall, Calhoun displayed significant improvement, especially with respect to plate skills as he recorded a career-high walk rate in tandem with his lowest strikeout rate as a major leaguer. The power was there as evidenced by career marks in doubles and triples; Calhoun just didn't follow league trends with respect to increased homers. Flyball distance is a leading indicator for homers, and in 2014, Calhoun hit 17 homers with an average of 281 feet per fly. The following season he smacked 24 homers with an average flyball distance of 305 feet. Last year he split the distance, averaging 292 feet with only 18 homers. This forecasts a home run total in the low twenties, which bodes well for 2017, especially if Calhoun maintains most or all of his plate skill gains. Calhoun adds value with his durability as he's missed only eight games over the past two seasons. He's a solid, stabilizing force in any fantasy outfield.
The stars seemed aligned for a big fantasy season from Calhoun in 2015. He was going to hit at the top third of a projected potent lineup and some were projecting 100 runs and a top-50 performance by season’s end. Oops. Calhoun was in the lineup every day, but the extra exposure to lefties dragged his numbers down. He hit .220/.293/.370 with a 26 percent K-rate against lefties versus .272/.316/.447 with a 23 percent K-rate against righties. Eighteen of his 26 homers came against righties and despite the extra 150 plate appearances, he scored 12 fewer runs than the season before. Calhoun had plenty of lineup protection behind him in Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, but the leadoff spot was a problem all year long for the Angels. Yunel Escobar (career .350 OBP) figures to occupy that spot to start 2016, so that should represent a tangible upgrade. Calhoun’s defense keeps him in the lineup every day, but that will also hurt his batting average.
Expectations were high for Calhoun's first full season as an everyday player, as many saw the potential for a multi-category contributor after he was given an opportunity to succeed in the leadoff spot. An ankle injury suffered in mid-April while he was running down the first-base line sidelined Calhoun for more than a month, but he still settled in atop the Angels' lineup as the season unfolded. Heralded in 2013 for his ability to capably handle lefties, Calhoun hit .252/.322/.388 against them last season, prompting a platoon with Collin Cowgill in right field for part of the season. Limited to 127 games, Calhoun still hit 17 home runs and showed power similar to his rookie campaign, but he only attempted eight steals last season, perhaps due to the aforementioned ankle injury. Even if he loses time against left-handed pitching, Calhoun should have a prominent place in a very strong Angels lineup on the larger side of a platoon in right field.
After slugging a Ruthian-like .617 in 59 games at Triple-A Salt Lake in 2013, Calhoun was promoted to the big club late in July, when it was determined that Albert Pujols would likely spend the rest of the season on the disabled list. Calhoun took full advantage of the opportunity, as he slugged .482 and got on base at a .343 clip in 99 PA in August. With the Angels moving Peter Bourjos to the Cardinals in November, Calhoun is a serious contender for a regular spot in the outfield, likely in right field. While he does not offer a standout tool, Calhoun does everything reasonably well and could benefit from the talent in the lineup around him, especially if Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton can rebound.
Calhoun spent most of the 2012 season with Triple-A Salt Lake City of the Pacific Coast League, batting .298/.369/.507 with 14 home runs and 12 steals in 463 plate appearances. As always, you'll want to take offensive numbers from the PCL with a grain of salt, although that doesn't change the fact that Calhoun's bat looks like the real deal. He could open the year as the Angels' fourth or fifth outfielder, but it will probably make more sense for the organization to let him continue his development with regular playing time at the Triple-A level.
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Plates three Wednesday
OFArizona Diamondbacks
August 5, 2020
Calhoun went 2-for-5 with an inside-the-park home run, three RBI and two runs scored in Wednesday's 14-7 win over the Astros.
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Not starting Saturday
OFArizona Diamondbacks
August 1, 2020
Calhoun is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.
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Breaks hitless skid
OFArizona Diamondbacks
August 1, 2020
Calhoun went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 5-3 win over the Dodgers.
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Blasts homer in loss
OFArizona Diamondbacks
July 24, 2020
Calhoun went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Padres.
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Takes part in intrasquad game
OFArizona Diamondbacks
July 14, 2020
Calhoun (undisclosed) rejoined the Diamondbacks on Monday and took part in the team's intrasquad game, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.
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