ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Texas Rangers have purchased the contract of Round Rock Express OF Willie Calhoun , the club announced Tuesday afternoon. The 22-year-old is seeking his Major League debut in what is his first career callup to The Show.
Calhoun began the year with the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers before being traded to the Rangers organization in exchange for RHP Yu Darvish in a deadline deal on July 31. The outfielder appeared in 29 games with the Express, batting .310 with three doubles, a triple, eight home runs and 26 RBI. He set an Express record on September 3 with eight RBI, including the first walkoff grand slam in Round Rock franchise history.
On the year, Calhoun hit an even .300 with 27 doubles, six triples, 31 home runs and 93 RBI in 128 total games with Round Rock and Oklahoma City. The Vallejo, California native is a career .286 hitter with 69 home runs and 229 RBI in just three seasons at the minor league level.
Calhoun is currently ranked as the second-best prospect in the Rangers organization. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2015 June Draft.
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