This offseason, the Los Angeles Angels have made two trades that have moved two outfielders in Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos, which has left Kole Calhoun a chance to be an everyday player.
Calhoun was called in late July when Albert Pujols went on the disabled list, due to the torn plantar fascia in his left foot that he suffered running out a single in the ninth inning of a 6-4 loss on July 26 against the Oakland Athletics. From that point on, the 26 year old was a productive player, batting .282 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 58 games, playing in right field for the most part for the Halos.
Calhoun’s production was impressive for the two-month period, as his numbers made for a projected 22 homer runs and 89 RBIs over a complete 162-game season. His play for that stretch showed enough promise to the Angels’ front office that convinced them that they could part ways with Bourjos, who they previously had high hopes for as an everyday outfielder.
The left-handed hitter had a good finish to the season, as he batted .307 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in the month of September and was an important part of the Angels’ 23-9 run before they suffered a four-game series sweep against the Texas Rangers to end the 2013 regular season. Calhoun’s hot hitting also included a stretch of recording a hit in 17-of-18 games that entailed a nine-game hitting streak.
So, in an Angels’ lineup that has both Pujols and Josh Hamilton looking to recapture their high level of production next season, Calhoun will also be motivated to prove that he can fit in and be an everyday player for the organization.