Last season was an utter disaster for LA Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun, until he saved himself with a hot two months of July and August.
In 2019 Kole Calhoun got off to a poor start again and many have been questioning whether the LA Angels should stick with Calhoun or just let him go. However over the last couple of weeks Calhoun has shown signs of breaking out of his early season slump.
After the month of April Calhoun has been on fire. At the end of April he was batting only .194, he currently sits at .225. Calhoun has hit .364 over the last eight games smacking three homers and driving in seven runs. For the season Calhoun has hit a team-leading nine home runs and has also driven in 22 runs.
In addition to Calhoun’s offense he also has played stellar defense as always making many difficult plays look easy. This is the last year of Calhoun’s current contract with the Angels so it would behoove the 31-year old Arizona native to put his best foot forward so that when he hits free agency in the off-season he can get a nice contract.
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There is still a slim possibility that would see Calhoun in Angel red next season. One way is if the club exercises their option on Calhoun which is to the tune of $14,000,000 which is not likely unless Calhoun has an unbelievable year. The other possibility is if Calhoun is willing to sign a one-year deal for about half that much.
The Angels do have some top prospects that are close to major-league ready that are outfielders. Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh. Adell is further along than Marsh, but he is injured and wont be back until next month when he will probably start in Double-A. Marsh is also in Double-A and may be ready by next season if he has a strong 2019 season. He is more likely a 2021 prospect, but things could change.
With all this being said Kole Calhoun is still the Angels right fielder for this season and hopefully his hot hitting and power will continue throughout the season.
For his recent hot stretch Kole Calhoun is the Halo Hangout’s player of the week. Great job Kole.