Spin: Calhoun, a leading candidate to play left field coming into camp, was one of 14 players sent to the Minors on Tuesday. Calhoun is a converted second baseman who was switched to left field last season. He is still learning to play the position and his inexperience on defense is the biggest reason why he is being sent down. "He definitely came into camp as a guy we were looking at," manager Jeff Banister said. "Our feeling is Willie Calhoun, we've seen what he can do in a batter's box. He has a unique skill set. We challenged him to work on the defensive side of the game. We feel he has growth to do on the defensive side and the offensive side. He's going to be a good player but he's got some work to do on the defensive side." The pitchers sent down were Connor Sadzeck, Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Reed Garrett, David Hurlbut, Adrian Sampson, Paolo Espino and Tayler Scott. Also sent down were first baseman Ronald Guzman, infielders Christian Lopes and Hanser Alberto, outfielder Scott Heineman and catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa. (více...)
Optioned to Triple-A
(13. 3. 2018, 17:56:12, RotoWire)
Calhoun was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
It's a surprising move, as Calhoun was considered to be in the lead for the Rangers' left field job. This could be simply a service-time issue, as the team can keep Calhoun for an extra year if he remains in the minors for about a month. There are legitimate concerns about his defense, though, so perhaps some extra work is warranted. Calhoun could do some damage with the bat once he returns to the big leagues, though the fact that his damage will be limited to five rather than six months in the big leagues certainly hurts his fantasy stock.