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Kole Calhoun primed for a bounce back year for the LA Angels

By David Rice
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Kole Calhoun
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 29: Kole Calhoun /
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The LA Angels Kole Calhoun had the worst year of his career in 2017 and many are questioning if the Angels should not keep Calhoun around.  However, Calhoun in my opinion is primed for a bounce-back season in 2018.

Kole Calhoun is a multi-talented right fielder that the LA Angels are lucky to have.  Not only does Calhoun have some pop in his bat hitting 20 plus homers almost every year he has been in the majors and he also has a great glove with a strong arm as well.  Calhoun won a Gold Glove in 2016 and continues to be a stand-out defensively for the Angels.

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The only question for the Angels is whether Calhoun can find his stroke at the plate. So far this Spring Calhoun is showing signs that he may have a bounce-back year as he is hitting .500 with five runs batted in with a double and a triple and a .524 slugging percentage.

Calhoun for the time being will be hitting out of the fifth or sixth spot in the line-up which will take some pressure off the Arizona State University graduate.  The line-up around Calhoun will help the Red Baron see more good pitches to hit since he will have guys like Zack Cozart, Shohei Ohtani, and Luis Valbuena hitting behind him and Justin Upton and Albert Pujols hitting ahead of him.

Calhoun has a career .261 average and has averaged 18 homers and 80 RBI’s over the past four seasons.  If Calhoun can reach those numbers this season with at least a .260 to .270 average the Angels will be happy and add that with his stellar defense this will make the Angels that much better.

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Kole Calhoun is going to be very important to the Angels success because he is one of only three left-handed bats in the line-up and the only one that will be in the line-up on a daily basis since Shohei Ohtani and Luis Valbuena will be platooning with Albert Pujols at both first base and designated hitter.

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Here is hoping for the best for Kole Calhoun as he is a class act and a hard worker.

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