General manager Jon Daniels said that the team has no immediate plans to promote Calhoun from Triple-A, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Calhoun started the season in the minors due to questions about his defense in left field, and it appears things haven't improved enough to warrant a callup. Perhaps his early struggles at the plate are also contributing to this decision, as he currently holds just a .229 batting average, though a low .253 BABIP is likely to blame for that. Calhoun has gotten rave reviews for his bat, but it seems like he's still a bit away from getting to showcase that in the majors again.
Calhoun described being placed at Triple-A Round Rock to the start the season as a "slap in the face," per Gerard Gilberto of MiLB.com reports.
When the Rangers optioned Calhoun to the minors in spring training, they said it was so he could get some work in left field to improve his defense. He was a second baseman while with the Dodgers, so sending him down to the minors to work on defense at a new position is a defensible move on the part of the Rangers' organization. Calhoun admitted to letting his frustrations get the better of him to start the season, when he went 4-for-21 (.190) with eight strikeouts in his first five games. Since then, he's appeared to turn a corner. After a three-hit effort Saturday, Calhoun is 6-for-18 with a homer, four RBI and just two strikeouts over his last four contests. The organization may want to let Calhoun hone his defense in the majors and acclimate to the big-league pitchers for the sake of his long-term plans.
Calhoun went 1-for-4 with his first home run on the season for Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
This is shaping up to be a rebuilding season for the Rangers, so it seems likely we'll see Calhoun head north to Arlington at some point. If the Rangers feel he still needs work on defense, it might be better to let him get that experience in the majors during a season in which the franchise can afford to give developmental time to its prospects.
Calhoun was sent to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday.
It's a surprising move, as Calhoun was considered to be in the lead for the Rangers' left field job. This could be simply a service-time issue, as the team can keep Calhoun for an extra year if he remains in the minors for about a month. There are legitimate concerns about his defense, though, so perhaps some extra work is warranted. Calhoun could do some damage with the bat once he returns to the big leagues, but the fact that his damage could be limited to five rather than six months in the big leagues certainly hurts his fantasy stock.
Calhoun started in left field Sunday and will probably start the next two games there, Dave Sessions of MLB.com reports. He went 0-for-4 on Sunday and had a defensive miscue.
This is year two of the Rangers' attempt to make an outfielder out of Calhoun, who is transitioning from second base. They've been working intensively on his fielding and will use the next three days to evaluate his progress on that side of the field. "We'll probably see him three days in a row here in the lineup in left field just to see the progress of seeing the ball off the bat, high sky, stands, things like that and how he maneuvers," said manager Jeff Banister. Calhoun has the inside track to win the battle for the left field job, but Banister doesn't want him to be a liability in the field.
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