5. Willie Calhoun, Second Base, Triple-A
Best Tool: Hit for Power
Second base has been one of the most intriguing questions for the Dodgers to answer over the last few years, and although the short term answer of Logan Forsythe is a solid one, the future is still in question. Willie Calhoun is the best true second baseman in the Dodgers’ system and one of the best in all of baseball.
The Vallejo, Calif. product has had a winding road just to get to professional baseball, but once there, has done nothing but hit the baseball very hard.
Last year in AA Tulsa, Calhoun bust onto the scene after dropping 27 bombs and tacking on 88 riblets during an impressive 2016 campaign. He has started the year with the AAA Oklahoma City All-Star team and is hitting .316 over 57 at-bats.
Calhoun isn’t necessarily going to hit above .300 going forward, having seemed to have made a transition to trying to put the ball in the air more, which fans of the game should just simply embrace as the way the game is going for many players. As his power and OPS numbers increase, the average may go down to look more like his 2016 stat line, but that is a trend the Dodgers have all over their lineup, so it shouldn’t scare the front office.
The biggest questions for Calhoun is if the power will translate to the big leagues and if the Dodgers will be the team to give him a shot. With the Dodgers’ lack of starting pitching and Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley controlling the time at second, Calhoun could be moved by the end of this year.