TEXAS RANGERS

Express manager says Willie Calhoun deserves MLB call-up

He had eight home runs at the time of his second call to the big leagues

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Willie Calhoun returned to the big leagues to start the second half after a strong finish to the first part of the Triple-A season in Round Rock. 

The outfielder, who Texas acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers at the trade deadline last season, heads to the big leagues for the second time in his career, playing 13 games in Arlington a season ago. 

“He’s shown the offensive ability to adjust from a little bit of a slow start this year,” Express manager Jason Wood said. “He’s been able to come on really strong. They called him up at the right time.”

Originally a fourth-round draft pick, Calhoun is the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com.

For the Express this season, the left-handed hitter is Calhoun is batting .307 with 28 doubles, eight home runs and 42 RBIs. He leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including games played (94), at-bats (376), hits (115), doubles (28) and total bases (167).

Before his call-up, he reached base in 23 consecutive games and set a new career high with an 18-game hating streak. He had eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBIs with a .402 average in that span. 

As of Monday, he’s played 10 games this season with the Rangers, batting .212 with one home run, three RBIs and one run scored. 

“He’s going to help that club out offensively big-time,” Wood said. 

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