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2015 MLB Draft results: Dodgers take Willie Calhoun with 4th-round pick

Photo: Jason Bartel | AZ Desert Swarm

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers with their fourth-round pick of the 2015 MLB Draft on Tuesday selected Willie Calhoun of Yavapai Junior College with the No. 132 overall pick.

Calhoun played infield and outfield in 2015 for Yavapai, but the Dodgers listed him as a second baseman.

He transferred from the University of Arizona in December so he could be eligible for the 2015 draft. He was drafted out of Benicia (Calif.) High School in the 17th round in 2013 by the Rays, but did not sign.

Calhoun, listed at 5'8, 187 pounds. The left-handed batter hit .432/.520/.952 with 31 home runs and 23 doubles in 63 games for Yavapai in what apparently was the most offensive-friendly environment in history. He hit .247/.345/.301 with no home runs in 174 plate appearances as a freshman with Arizona in 2014.

Calhoun was ranked 147 in the Baseball America top 500, ranked 183 in's top 200, and was slated at 127 in David Hood's top 200.


Calhoun can definitely swing the bat, even gaining praise from Arizona head coach Andy Lopez while scuffling a bit as a freshman there. He has good bat speed from the left side of the plate and plenty of strength with a pull approach. He's not all or nothing, though, showing an ability to make adjustments and consistent hard contact with a pretty solid approach. Scouts don't give him much chance to play third, but he has played some left field, and that might be the best home for him long-term.

The slot value for this pick is $418,800.

Twitter: @11WillieCalhoun