Willie Calhoun attributes his surge at the plate with Triple-A Round Rock to a visit from a member of the Texas Rangers’ minor-league coaching staff.
Base-running coordinator Damon Mashore joined the club for the start of a series at Salt Lake on June 5. Mashore’s younger brother Justin is in his third season as the Rangers’ assistant hitting coach.
As Los Angeles Dodgers minor-league hitting coordinator, Damon Mashore worked with Calhoun in the 2015 and has maintained a relationship with him.
Calhoun, hitting .258 with a .373 slugging percentage, asked Mashore for help. Mashore responded with “some pretty good pointers,” Calhoun told milb.com.
Calhoun is hitting .424 with a .758 slugging percentage for 33 at-bats since the evaluation rom Mashore. On Wednesday, Calhoun had his second consecutive three-hit game.
Calhoun’s average (.280) and slugging percentage (.424) are at season highs. He also seemingly has overcome the disappointment at not making the major-league club out of spring training. Calhoun was the key piece in last year’s trade that sent right-hander Yu Darvish to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
On April 17, Calhoun told milb.com that he was “really mad” to be in the Pacific Coast League for a second consecutive season.
“I try not worry about it anymore,” Calhoun told milb.com. “It’s totally out of my control. It’s in the Rangers’ control, so I try not to look in to that stuff at all. I just focus every day on what I need to do at Round Rock, and just let the rest take care of itself.”
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