SEATTLE -- It's not just that Kole Calhoun has jumped three levels in one year. It's that he's gone from Class A to the Majors, that he's now started in back-to-back games and that he looks like he could be staying in the big leagues for a while.
"The last six days, they've been the fastest six days of my life," the Angels' rookie outfielder said. "It's just been awesome. Every day we go out there, I'm just like, 'Wow, this is the big leagues. You're getting to take BP in these fields, and you face Felix Hernandez tonight.' It's cool. Stepping back and looking at it, it's amazing, being from where I was last year to where I am now. It's a crazy game, man."
Calhoun, 24, was picked in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft and was the Angels' Minor League Player of the Year at Class A Inland Empire last season. He began 2012 in Triple-A, but was called up Monday after an array of circumstances pointed in his favor -- Vernon Wells (right thumb surgery) and Ryan Langerhans (right shoulder separation) both on the disabled list and Torii Hunter still on the restricted list.
Since coming up, Calhoun has started three games -- taking playing time away from Peter Bourjos -- had reached base four times in nine plate appearances going into Saturday's action and made a clutch lunging grab on Friday night, reaching over his shoulder to rob an extra-base hit from Brendan Ryan to help Scott Downs close out the ninth.
Hunter is expected to return for next week's homestand, with Angels manager Mike Scioscia saying Hunter will be in California in a couple days. But even when he does return, Calhoun, who can play all three outfield spots, bats left-handed and has a veteran makeup, figures to stick.