Kole Calhoun was drafted in the 8th round of the 2010 MLB draft. He has spent his entire career with the Angels organization. In total, he is just shy of 1000 games as an Angel (966) and just missed 4000 plate appearances (3980).
Calhoun had a career .747 OPS with the Angels, not bad for someone who was never even a “prospect” in MLB, though did make his way onto Angels top 10 lists after tearing it up in the minors. Keith Law even once said that Calhoun would “make a great bench piece”. Many “experts” never saw Calhoun as a regular above average player.
The fiery flying red baron worked his way into the hearts of Angels fans thanks largely to his hustle and elite defense that made many highlight reels. After a coffee cup in 2012 and limited playing time in 2013, Calhoun soon before a regular on the Angels and won his first gold glove in 2015.
Here are a few video highlights of Calhoun’s great career with the Angels. We will miss him, but the reality is the Angels need pitching more than they need Calhoun, and that 14 million would be best used elsewhere. Like many MLB players, Calhoun has been found victim of payrolls constraints.
Calhoun’s First Gold Glove:
The Red Baron in action:
Calhoun has a gun too. Don’t sleep on his arm!
Calhoun notched his first career walk off hit in 2017:
Hitting bombs - 2 of them in one game:
Calhoun hits 30 home runs for the first time in his career:
Thanks for the memories Kole. We wish you well!
(Of course the Angels could still resign him to a new contract.)
What are some of your favorite Kole Calhoun memories??