Rangers' Willie Calhoun: Starting Year In Triple-A Felt Like "Slap In The Face"

Josh Clark
April 16, 2018 - 12:02 pm
Willie Calhoun

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ROUND ROCK (105.3 The Fan) - Texas Rangers No. 2 prospect Willie Calhoun says that starting the season with Triple-A Round Rock "felt like a slap in the face," according to a story done by milb.com.

Texas sent Calhoun to Round Rock to keep getting work on his defense in left field. He was previously a second baseman with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization before arriving in Texas in the Yu Darvish trade. 

"I was really mad, just because I felt like I had nothing else to prove here at Triple-A," Calhoun told milb.com in his first public comment on the demotion. "When you hear that you're going back to a league after you had such a good year like that ... I just kind of felt like it was a slap in the face."

The 23-year-old is hitting .267 with one home run and four RBI in his first 45 at-bats with the Express. He currently has an eight-game hitting streak. 

"If I believe in myself, that's all that really matters," Calhoun told milb.com. "Just because the first week I was kind of mentally not all there, I was just really upset with how things had been going. ... But two nights ago, I feel like I really started to settle back in and forget about it and not really worry ... and just kind of play my own game."