What Willie Calhoun can present Giants, ‘excited’ Gabe Kapler explains

‘Excited’ Kapler breaks down Giants’ addition of Calhoun initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Bayarea

Willie Calhoun grew up in Benicia, about an hour away from Oracle Park. He’s the kind of Giants wish to hold near house below Farhan Zaidi, Scott Harris and a revamped newbie scouting division, however again in 2015, Calhoun grew to become a Los Angeles Dodger.

Seven years in the past, Calhoun was taken within the fourth spherical of the draft out of a junior faculty in Arizona, which implies the present Giants mind belief is aware of him effectively. Zaidi was the overall supervisor of the Dodgers once they chosen Calhoun and Gabe Kapler was their director of participant growth.

They watched as Calhoun hit 27 homers within the minors in 2016 and become a prime 100 prospect. He was in the end used as one of many key items in a deal that introduced Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, however on Thursday he was reunited with Zaidi and Kapler. The Giants despatched Steven Duggar to the Rangers for Calhoun and money concerns.

“I am personally enthusiastic about it. I actually like Willie, I believe he can actually swing the bat,” Kapler instructed reporters in Atlanta after a 7-6 loss. “He can actually make contact with pitches anyplace within the zone and has a historical past of hitting a variety of line drives to the pull facet. I’ve identified him for a very very long time, I do know what his strengths are, and I am excited that he is a Large. “

Calhoun will report back to Triple-A Sacramento, the place he’ll function extra depth for a entrance workplace that values ​​that deeply. The Giants are presently fairly wholesome on the huge league stage however they at all times put together for a wet day, and Calhoun and Yermin Mercedes have added two gamers during the last week who might assist the massive league lineup in some unspecified time in the future.

Mercedes is taken into account a bat-first participant and scouts say the identical of Calhoun, who performed solely left subject and designated hitter for the Rangers. Not like Mercedes, Calhoun didn’t need to be added to the 40-man roster, which helped facilitate the transaction.

Duggar was going to need to be added after finishing his rehab project. He has been on the 60-day IL for 2 months after straining his indirect, the most recent in an extended line of accidents which have popped up on the worst potential occasions for Duggar and stored him from actually making a giant league influence.

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Duggar was taken two rounds after Calhoun in that 2015 draft and performed 254 video games for the Giants during the last 5 seasons. For some time it appeared like he was their heart fielder of the long run, however shoulder accidents restricted him early in his profession and he has gotten wholesome at a time when the Giants have Joc Pederson, Mike Yastrzemski, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Luis Gonzalez as left-handed-hitting outfielders.

Kapler had loads of reward for Duggar on Thursday, saying he is a “prime of the charts teammate” and somebody to tug for. In Texas, he will likely be reunited with former Giants hitting coach Donnie Ecker.

“I do not suppose there is a participant in (our clubhouse) or a coach that does not suppose the world of Steven Duggar,” Kapler stated. “He is exceptionally gifted, tremendous athletic and proficient all the way in which round. All of us need to see him have a variety of success going ahead. It isn’t straightforward to lose that sort of teammate and character and athlete. Once more, I believed we did a pleasant job in buying a participant like Willie Calhoun. “

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