The Sciosciapath, Arte Moreno and Arte Moreno Jr., played by Scott Schwartz (Flick from A Christmas Story and later the porn movie, A Trystmas Story), got together and declared Kole Calhoun their starting right fielder. You know what they say: just about half of opportunity and fortunately are ortun. They make a good point. Oddly enough, Scott Schwartz and Kole Calhoun look eerily alike. Well, anyone that looks like Scott Schwartz is eerie looking, but that’s beside the point. Up until last year, Kole Calhoun was best known as the great-great-nephew of John C. Calhoun. Unfortunately, he didn’t inherit his hair. Fortunately, he also didn’t inherit his racism. Last year, Kole broke from his Confederate past and put together a mighty fine year in only 52 games in the majors — look that way –> 8 homers, .282 and 2 steals, after hitting 12 homers, .354 and stealing 10 bases in Triple-A through 59 games. A guy that had 20 homers and 12 steals between Triple-A and the majors in less than 120 games should be on more radars, but his name equals crickets, and not the kind that rub their hands together, those are praying mantises. Don’t praying mantises look like they’re getting into mischief? Eh, maybe it’s me. So, what can we expect of Kole Calhoun for 2014 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?
Josh Hamilton, Alex Rios and Bryce Harper are just some guys that he had more home runs than in the 2nd half. More runs than Beltran, Yoenis; more RBIs than Carlos Gomez, Michael Cuddyer, Justin Upton, Harper and Beltran again. I tried to limit this group of players to guys who had more at-bats than Calhoun too. Okay, anyone can give us three months of stats, but looking deeper at his numbers and they look similar to his minor league ones. Solid walk rate, always held a good batting average and has better speed than the two steals with the Angels even indicates. He also has all of the character traits — ‘gutsy,’ ‘has heart,’ ‘gumption’ — that you usually find with short players, which limits his ceiling, and that’s not another vertically challenged crack. He’s not going to hit 25 homers or steal that many bags. He’s not a ginger Carlos Gonzalez. He gets on base, hustles and has 15-homer pop. If he gets lucky on homers per fly balls, he might hit 20. For 2014, I’ll give him the line of 68/14/62/.289/10 with a chance for more. Definitely more of an AL-Only play, but I could see him surprising and moving up to the two hole in front of Pujols. Wouldn’t the two hole be the Pujols? I don’t now, a life question for you to ponder. Geez, 2014 is a contemplative year already.