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September 13, 2017 6:00 am

The Call-Up: Willie Calhoun

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JH Schroeder

He can friggin hit.

The Situation: Willie Calhoun, perhaps the best pure hitter remaining in the high minors, received his call-up today. The Rangers needed to add Calhoun to the 40-man roster, and released Tyson Ross in a corresponding move. Calhoun has played a little second base and left field in the minors, transitioning to the outfield this season. Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels indicated that Calhoun would only be called up if the team could offer him significant at-bats. Given the Rangers current injury situation, the team is now in the position to provide Calhoun ample opportunity.

The Background: Calhoun was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, 132nd overall by the Dodgers, and signed for a slightly below-slot $347,500. Calhoun played junior college ball at Yavapai, one of the nation’s best programs located outside of Phoenix. Calhoun hit immediately upon his introduction to pro ball, finishing 2015 with a .316 batting average. In first full season Calhoun launched 27 home runs, and earned a Future’s Game nomination playing in Double-A for the Tulsa Drillers. Calhoun was the centerpiece of the Rangers haul for Yu Darvish at this season’s trade deadline.

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July 28, 2017 6:00 am

Advance Scouting Series: Brad Hand

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Will an acquiring team receive a helping...hand?

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June 21, 2017 8:24 pm

The Call-Up: Andrew Moore

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JH Schroeder and Wilson Karaman

If you're going to be a right-handed pitcher with no particular out-pitch, it's best to be one in Seattle.

The Situation: Despite being among the best and most advanced arms in the Mariners’ system, Andrew Moore was a bit of a surprise call-up today. Most notably, the Mariners needed to DFA Tyler Cloyd to add Moore to the 40-man roster. Moore is expected to start for the Mariners; Christian Bergman was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma, presumably to create space in the Mariners rotation. Felix Hernandez is also expected back this Friday, so it remains to be seen whether Moore, or Sam Gaviglio get sent back down this weekend.

The Background: Moore was selected in Competitive Balance Round B in the 2015 draft, 72nd overall, out of Oregon State. Moore has been very successful through almost two full years in the minors, with an impressive composite ERA of 2.59. He was recognized as the Mariners minor league pitcher of the year in 2016. Perhaps most noteworthy, Moore has registered a 1.58 BB/9 throughout his minor league career.

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