Ray's Ramblings - Calhoun Called Up

Posted on 2017-09-12 12:11 by Ray Flowers




Willie Calhoun is about to make his big-league debut with the Rangers. What's the outlook of the rookie? The Indians are surging while the Dodgers are falling on their face. Miggy Cabrera isn't hitting, but a whole bunch of men are: Yolmer, Buster, Tommy, Francisco and Giancarlo amongst them. On the bump, Cobb and Gibson are surging while Darvish hasn't pitched any worse at the big-league level. Woodruff, he too laid an egg. Giolito and Lopez with the Sox are acquitting themselves well. Walker and Greinke are doing some things in the desert. 


The Rangers drafted Willie Calhoun in the 4th round in 2015. Now 21 years old, Calhoun hit 27 homers with 88 RBI last season before busting out this season in an even bigger way with a .300-31-93-80 line, with a .927 OPS, over 128 games at Triple-A. With Adrian Beltre done for the year, and two outfielders beat up (Carlos Gomez ankle and Nomar Mazara quad), the Rangers are bringing up Calhoun to The Show. With Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson and Will Middlebrooks taking turns in the outfield, and Rougned Odor dealing with an ankle issue it’s possible that Calhoun will get a shot to see regular playing time down the stretch (Calhoun has extensive experience as a second sacker). One of the higher end offensive prospects in baseball, he’s worth a look in deeper formats, with the caveat that we’re just not certain that he will be in the lineup on a daily basis, that is unless he has a Rafael Devers like explosion for the Rangers.


The Indians have won 19-straight games.

The Dodgers have lost 11-straight.

The Dodgers are the only team in history to have a period of 15 wins in 16 games and 15 loses in 16 games in the same season. Just remarkable.


Miguel Cabrera is down to .248/.333/.401. No doubt his back is an issue, and it’s destroyed his season. The question now is what do we do next year with a HOF bound slugger who will be only 34 years old on draft day?

Dee Gordon has 15 runs and seven steals his last 20 games. Oh yeah, he’s also hit .366 in that time.

Todd Frazier is terrible. He still has 24 homers, 67 RBI and 67 runs scored with a solid .337 OBP.

Mitch Haniger is blazing away with 22 hits in 45 at-bats (four homers) with 11 RBI in 11 games. Check the waiver-wire.

John Hicks qualifies at first base and catcher in most leagues. He’s not sexy, but over his last 14 games he’s gone .267/.365/.444 with two homers. That plays as a second catcher.

Aaron Judge is still batting .188 in the second half (54 games). He has 11 homer and 24 RBI in that time, a full season pace of about 30 homers and 70 RBI.

Francisco Lindor is a homer away from 30. He hit 27 his first two seasons.

The last three weeks Joe Mauer has a .400/.462/.571 slash line. #Rockstar

The last 10 games, Jose Peraza has six steals.

Tommy Pham has to get over his eye issues. He’s a homer and a steal away from a 20/20, out of nowhere, campaign. Brett Gardner needs a steal to reach 20/20. Andrew Benintendi needs a homer and two steals for a 20/20 effort.

Buster Posey is the rare player, not to mention exceedingly rare catcher, who doesn’t slow late in the year. He’s working on an 11-game hitting streak helping him to a .321/.407/.467 slash line.  

Yasiel Puig hit his 25th homer. He hadn’t hit one since August 29th.

Yolmer Sanchez the last three weeks: .370-5-13-16-3 in 19 games. Read that again. #CheckWaivers

Giancarlo Stanton has 54 homers, 113 RBI and 111 runs scored. His previous career bests were 37-105-89.

See the most recent Hot/Cold piece.


Over his last five starts Alex Cobb has allowed – five runs. His ERA is down to 3.59 and his WHIP to 1.21. The 119 strikeouts in 168 innings is a bit concerning, but his strong finish, given that this is his first full season back since surgery, is very impressive and bodes extremely well for ’18.

Yu Darvish just ain’t right. Over his last two starts he’s allowed 10 runs over 7.1 innings, and give his horrible work the last seven outings his ERA is up to 4.25. He’s also failed to win in four outings and has an 8-12 record on the season. He’s not “Yu Darvish” right now, and his ability to dominate like expected, over the final few weeks, is in grave doubt.

Sam Dyson converted another save for the Giants. He’s only blown one of 14 chances since joining the Giants.

Kyle Gibson is set for two starts this week. Heaven help me, I added him in a few leagues. Over his last eight starts he’s allowed three or fewer runs. Over his last four starts he’s allowed a total of five runs. #FingersCrossed

Lucas Giolito has a 2.84 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and a 2-2 record over four starts. Over his last three outings he’s allowed six runs but only four were earned. He’s been an overall positive contributor.

Zack Greinke has a 16-6 record, a 2.99 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP with 200 strikeouts. He’s not washed up.

Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs in a third straight quality start for the White Sox. The 2.20 K/BB ratio is poor, 7.1 K/9 is disappointing, but he’s been solid in 4-of-5 starts (all four being quality starts).

Felipe Rivero has a 1.56 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 83 strikeouts in 69.1 innings and 18 saves. He was a nobody six months ago.

Taijuan Walker’s last three starts include a 3-0 record, a 1.04 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Over his last four outings, he’s allowed a total of two runs to drop his ratios to 3.87 and 1.25.

Brandon Woodruff allowed six runs over five innings Monday. He had allowed four runs his first four big-league starts. If you’re like me, you took a shot on the 2-start Woodruff this week. We all got burned big-time.


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