Kole Calhoun

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Kole Alan Calhoun

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Biographical Information[edit]

Kole Calhoun was the Los Angeles Angels Minor League Player of the Year for 2011 and reached the majors with the club in 2012.

Amateur Career[edit]

Calhoun was All-State twice in baseball and once in football in high school. He hit .302 as a college freshman. In the Northwoods League, he had a league-low 0.38 ERA and 14 saves while also batting .286 with 6 homers, sharing MVP honors with Dan Robertson. In 2008, Kole improved to .413 with 18 home runs for Yavapai College, winning All-Conference honors. He also registered four saves. In 2009, he transferred to ASU and posted a .313/.437/.583 line with 42 walks (fourth in the Pac-10 Conference), 53 RBI, 12 home runs and 53 RBI in 63 games. In 7 innings pitched, he allowed 11 runs (9 earned). He was 9 for 16 with 3 homers and 11 RBI in the 2009 College World Series, making the All-Series team alongside Jared Mitchell and Ryan Schimpf in the outfield. He hit both a 3-run homer and a grand slam in ASU's wins over UNC.

In 2010, Calhoun hit .321/.478/.616 with 17 home runs, 59 RBI, 64 walks and 59 RBI in 61 games. He led the Pac-10 in walks by a whopping 23, was third in OBP, 5th in slugging, 3rd in runs, 5th in total bases (138), 4th in RBI, second in home runs (3 behind Ricky Oropesa). He made All-Conference in the outfield. He tied for third in NCAA Division I in walks behind only Michael Choice and Anthony Rendon. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim took him in the 8th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one pick before Kyle Roller, a 2009 All-American. The Angels scout was John Gracio.

Minor League Career[edit]

In his pro debut with the 2010 Orem Owlz, he hit .292/.411/.505 with 39 walks, 43 runs and 42 RBI in 56 games, while gunning down 9 runners from the outfield. He tied Randall Thorpe for 4th in the Pioneer League in walks. He was even better in '11, posting a .324/.410/.547 line with 94 runs, 99 RBI, 36 doubles, 6 triples, 22 home runs, 73 walks and 20 steals (in 30 tries) for the Inland Empire 66ers. He was among the California League leaders in total bases (280, 3rd behind Angelo Songco and Gary Brown), average (6th), hits (166, 4th between Songco and Josh Rutledge), doubles (tied for 6th), triples (tied for 10th), homers (tied for 6th with Nathan Freiman, Kody Hinze and Tommy Joseph), RBI (5th), runs (7th), walks (6th between Jarrett Parker and Hinze), OBP (4th between Rutledge and Brown), slugging (4th between Songco and Choice) and OPS (3rd behind Jedd Gyorko and Kent Matthes). He was named to the league All-Star team as a utility man; the outfielders picked were Choice, Brown and Matthes. He was named the Angels' Minor League Player of the Year, leading Angels minor leaguers in home runs, slugging, hits, total bases and walks (tied) and finishing second in RBI (one behind Jeff Baisley). Baseball America did not name him among the California League's top 20 prospects.

Calhoun began 2012 with the Salt Lake Bees and was at .296/.365/.491 with 14 doubles, 30 runs and 31 RBI in 43 games. He was then called up to the majors with Vernon Wells and Ryan Langerhans going on the DL.


In his debut in The Show, he entered as a 9th-inning defensive sub in right field for Mark Trumbo on May 22, 2012 and played a quiet inning in a 5-0 win over the Oakland A's. He hit .174 in 21 games that season. In 2013, he played 58 games for the Angels, hitting .282 with 8 homers and 32 RBIs, putting up an OPS+ of 128. That put him in line for a starting job in 2014 as he took over as the starting right fielder. He played 127 games during which he hit .272 with 31 doubles, 17 homers and 58 RBIs, while scoring 90 runs. All of those runs scored resulted from the fact that in spite of his power, he was largely used as the team's lead-off hitter, as the Angels lacked a player with a more typical problem for the role. Once again, his OPS+ was excellent, at 121, while the Angels put up the best record in the American League. Unlike most of his teammates, he was not muzzled in the ALDS, going 5 for 15 in three games against the Kansas City Royals, but the Angels were still swept in three games.

On April 23rd, he had the Angels' only hit in a 2-0 win over the Oakland Athletics, a home run off Jesse Chavez in the 3rd inning after Drew Butera had reached on an error.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • AL Gold Glove Winner (2015/RF)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2015)


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