Kole Calhoun continues to shine for LA Angels
By David Rice
At the end of May Kole Calhoun was mired in the worst slump of his LA Angels career. Calhoun was hitting .152 with one homer and 10 RBIs. What a difference two months make!
What turned Kole Calhoun around? For starters a stint on the DL which saw the LA Angels go through three different players in right field in hopes of finding someone to fill in for him. For Calhoun it gave him some time to breathe and de-stress.
I watched Calhoun in the dugout during the slump and he was very edgy and it looked like he was not having fun. No one felt worse than Kole Calhoun about his slump. The only thing that kept Calhoun from being a total disaster was his defense, which was stellar all season. Calhoun has eight outfield assists and numerous great plays defensively as well that has saved the Angels many times this season.
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The other thing Calhoun credits is working with some of the minor league hitting coaches. They changed Calhoun’s stance and approach at the plate. What a difference this has made for Calhoun. Since coming off the disabled list on June 18th Calhoun is hitting .300 (36 for 120) with 11 homers and 26 RBIs. He has raised his .203 which is not easy considering over 60 games had gone by with him hitting .152.
This is a great comeback story and it may land Kole Calhoun player of the month honors in the American League. At the very least it allows the Angels to have a left-handed power bat that they have been missing for the most part with the exception of Shohei Ohtani. Mike Scioscia has put Calhoun in the lead-off spot on many occasions as of late and seems to have paid off.
Calhoun may not end up finishing with a super high average this season, but if he can keep producing the way he has as of late it will help the Angels line-up be more balanced.
We will just have to wait and see what happens. Keep up the great work Kole.