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|2020-09-25 16:00:00 (link to chat)||In a 14 team weekly h2h dynasty points league which of these players would you roster going into next season for a club well-positioned to win now and going forward - Nate Lowe, Hunter Dozier, Randy Arozarena and Jake Cronenworth are all currently on my roster. Available are Hampson, A Riley, McMahon, Jesus Aguilar, Jared Walsh, Brendan Rodgers, Willie Calhoun and Leody Taveras. I am also currently rostering Oneil Cruz and wondering if I should hold on a bit longer given his uncertain legal status.
My current prospects include Vaughn Brujan Cruz and KRobInson. Prospects still available include Alek Thomas Brennen Davis Jordan Groshans and Corbin Carroll.
Thanks for considering the question,
(dylanrox from Philly)
|Some very enticing options there. For the MLBers, I really like Calhoun and Taveras--they'll be on a bad Texas team next year, but they should be centerpieces in that lineup. I would get in on Riley; the power upside is worthwhile even if the average will kind of suck. And I'd get in on Rodgers as well--we just haven't seen a healthy version of him for an extended run in the majors. Hampson and McMahon haven't really wowed, even with the Coors advantage, Walsh feels a bit flash-in-the-pan (but I'm prepared to be wrong there!), and Aguilar could be OK for a couple more years, but his skills should be easy enough to find. Of the prospects, I am heavy into Carroll, though I like all those names. I'd probably wait on Cruz's situation for a few weeks before cutting, but it isn't looking good right now. (Jon Hegglund)|
|2019-07-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Craig, what the deal with Willie Calhoun? Are the Rangers taking a page out of the Rockies book when it comes to jerking their young talent around?|
(roxfan12 from ChiTown)
|I don't think they're quite that bad, and I'd assume there are reasons behind their moves (which I haven't always assumed with Colorado), but I also can't see those reasons from my point of view. Basically, I grant them a bit more leeway on this stuff than I would Colorado. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2018-12-10 16:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you still believe in Willie Calhoun?|
(Phillipe from Quebec)
|He still has a really big problem with not having a position, but I absolutely still believe in the bat. He didn't get much of a chance to play in 2018 and if he finds an open DH spot all year then the production should come. (Darius Austin)|
|2018-07-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)||Give me a prospect who lost a lot of luster or stature since spring that you can see turn it around.
Talking poor results not injuries|
(Neal H from 7 springs)
|Hmmm does Willie Calhoun count? Everything but the power is the same as last season. I haven't seen a reason for the drop in home runs but if he gets them back (and with his plus hit tool he should be able to), then he'll be back to being a dude. (Eddy Almaguer)|
|2018-04-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Nomar Mazarro the best player for the rangers by the end of 2018?|
(Spuds McGnty from Dublin)
|Depends on your definition. Beltre looks to have another good season and my gosh is he good. But he might not still be a Ranger. Andrus was off to a hot start but I'm not super high on him and of course he's hurt. Willie Calhoun, though...I could see Mazara getting more WARP this year, depending on when Calhoun starts playing regularly, but I think Calhoun's bat really plays well for the team, and will hold more future value. Yes, I know, no glove.
And Gallo could be a star if he could add a fourth outcome. Or bunt all the time, as Russell suggested! (Rob Mains)
|2018-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Is Willie Calhoun the second coming of Kirby Puckett?|
(jipcho from Taiwan)
|Not at all. They're both short and stocky. But Puckett had a great BA with occasional shows of power and decent steals. Calhoun profiles more as a solid power bat than a high BA guy. Bear in mind his .300 average in 2017 was in the PCL. I like Calhoun as far as prospects go, but I collected a lot of Puckett cards while growing up. Gotta earn the Puck comparison in the bigs first. (Kevin Jebens)|
|2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)||Can Willie Calhoun be the reincarnation of Kirby Puckett?|
(jipcho from Taipei, Taiwan)
|The plate discipline numbers could look similar, I guess, but I'd expect more power and less average from Calhoun. He seems a very strong bet to be a great hitter, which he'll need to be with no position. (Darius Austin)|
|2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Which rookies will have the most impact this season?|
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
|Would it be cheating to say Shohei Ohtani? Or Ronald Acuna? If so, I think we'll hear from Alex Reyes, Willie Calhoun, and Lewis Brinson for sure. I kind of like Jesse Winker too. Also, Jake Bauers might be a good under-the-radar guy we didn't expect much from, but comes up to do damage. (Mark Barry)|
|2017-11-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How can a guy with almost no steals, highly questionable defense, and a likely outcome of Willie Calhoun be the #1 dynasty pick, especially in a NL-only league? I have the #1 pick, so I'd really like to be convinced.|
(Buff from CO)
|Willie Calhoun can really, really hit? I don't really deal with fantasy baseball, so I defer to Bret, but that profile plus middle infield eligibility seems pretty great to me. It's not a great draft class for bats though. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-08-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Who are your personal top 5 favorite prospects to follow as a fan? |
(Kim from NYC)
|Oh gosh, I'm not enough of a prospect guy for this. Willie Calhoun. Logan Shore. Franklin Barreto. Brent Honeywell. Nick Senzel. (Matthew Trueblood)|
|2017-09-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What's your best moment of seeing a prospect or young player and having him jump out at you, to where you think "Yeah, I get it. This guy is a stud."|
(jfegan from Chicago, IL)
|This is a terrible answer and not at all what you're looking for, but I always remember going to Felix Pie's major league debut at Wrigley back in 2007. He doubled off of Greg Maddux and threw out a runner at home on an absolutle laser in the 10th inning to keep the game tied. Also, I was way wrong, so maybe I don't actually know anything.
OK more recent ... I went to Willie Calhoun's second game in Round Rock after coming over in the Yu Darvish trade. His first PA he destroyed a Chad Bettis pitch for an oppo dinger. That power is so legit. I just hope he can find a position to stay on the field. (Collin Whitchurch)
|2017-07-06 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Asking about a couple of guys who just mash with the bat in Willie Calhoun and Rhys Hoskins. Obviously the defensive profile makes them difficult to run too far up the list, but the bats seem very potent. Would we have seen them had we extended this list a bit further?|
(John from Phoenix)
|More than a bit further to get to those two, but we'd get there before I ran out of spots I think. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||is there are particular prospect or position you would target in the all star break trades for the white sox? my call is that there doesn't seem to be much corner power on its way. maybe Willie Calhoun from the dodgers as a LF?|
(a.j. from las vegas)
|I don't think it's wise to target a specific are of need when you're shopping for prospects. That said, unless something changes drastically with Quintana over the next month, I wouldn't expect the White Sox to get much top end talent at the deadline. Calhoun is a bat first second baseman, which is weird to say out loud, but also pretty much falls in line with the players the White Sox acquire. (Collin Whitchurch)|
|2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Odds on a Willie Calhoun call up this year?|
(JoshuaGB from Chicago)
|Seems likely, doesn't it?
Red light! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V-CWmLBhAA (Wilson Karaman)
|2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Rank these prospects for 5x5 keep forever dynasty?: Ian Happ, Ronald Guzman, Willie Calhoun, Ramiel Tapia, and Yusniel Diaz|
(terps993 from Maryland)
|Tapia, Happ, Calhoun, Diaz, Guzman. Note that I think I might like Diaz better'n Willie at their peaks, but Diaz's path is longer enough than it costs him the rankings edge. (Wilson Karaman)|
|2016-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Willie Calhoun seems to be hitting for far more power this year, with a far worse average. Strikeouts don't seem to be too far up though, can he hit for 20 homer power with a .280 average?|
(Josh from LA)
|Interesting that so many of these types of players have come up today. I've always liked Calhoun, it's understandable that the lack of position scared some people off, but I haven't been at all surprised he has been a middle-rounds guy who mashed from last year's draft.
He'll have to prove it at every level because the bat has to carry and the defensive profile still, even, might be up in the air. But there's big league hitting tools. I think 20 homers and .280 average (genuine 60-grade hit and power production grades) combined are a little lofty. (Adam McInturff)
|2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)||Willie Calhoun is having a pretty impressive offensive season as one of the youngest players in the Texas League. What's your assessment of his future?|
(Dave from CA)
|Yeah, took him a hot minute to adjust to the level, but he's really ripped the ball of late. Not remotely surprised, I loved his bat last year. He was a mess defensively last summer at Rancho, though, and as of the latest report I heard a few weeks ago there's been progress but not a ton. Still unclear if he can stick on the dirt, but if he can there's a bat-first starting profile.
"Notes" from last August: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=27320 (Wilson Karaman)
|2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Though he's not getting any hype, Willie Calhoun is having a great season in Double A. Do you have any thoughts on this guy?|
(APJ74137 from Tulsa)
|he can really hit, and pretty impressive he's already doing it at that high a level. I just don't know where he plays. Could be an awesome bench bat, though. (Christopher Crawford)|
|2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I need 1 more player for my fantasy minor league team. The choice is a SP prospect (Kolby Allard, Amir Garrett, Josh Hader, Grant Holmes, Yadier Alvarez or Dylan Cease), position player (Dominic Smith or Trent Clark) or lottery ticket (Willie Calhoun).
Which SP and position player would you choose and also your overall pick, taking into account not only ceiling/floor but also proximity to the bigs (the closer the better).|
(paladin from philippines)
|I really like a bunch of those dudes. Calhoun can be a special hitter, but he's a butcher defensively and loses value if (when) he moves to the OF. Allard and Garrett are two really high-upside arms, and Alvarez could turn into any pitcher you can think of (good or bad). I probably go Clark there, but you've got options depending on what you're into. (Wilson Karaman)|
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