Prospect Calhoun launches three homers in Triple-A

Prospect Calhoun launches three homers in Triple-A

Prospect Calhoun launches three homers in Triple-A

ANAHEIM -- Kole Calhoun got the pitch he was looking for when he came to bat for the fourth time in the seventh inning in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday night. It was a 1-0 splitter that stayed up in the zone, but he fouled it off. Later in the at-bat, he had to settle for only a single.

At the end of the night, he had to settle for only three home runs.

"It was something I've never done," said Calhoun, who recalled one other instance in his pro career when he's even hit two home runs. "I just put some good swings on some pitches and got good results. Last night, I was 0-for-5 with three strikeouts, so that's kind of both ends of the spectrum right there."

Calhoun, the No. 5 prospect in the Angels system according to, went deep in each of his first three plate appearances for Triple-A Salt Lake, on a night when Spring Mobile Ballpark shot fireworks and more than 14,000 people showed up. He hit a two-run shot to left field in the first and a solo shot to right field in the third. Then, to lead off the fifth, he lofted a high fly ball that just cleared the right-field fence.

The Pacific Coast League is a fun place to hit, but Calhoun didn't notice the wind blowing out more than usual and he didn't do anything different pregame.

"I didn't eat anything special today or nothing like that," he said. "I just had a good game."

And then he shrugged it off. Calhoun, 25 and in his fourth pro season, didn't keep a baseball, a lineup card -- nothing.

"It's a pretty cool accomplishment, but not something I'm going to live the rest of my life by," the left-handed-hitting outfielder said. "It was a lucky night."

Despite missing nearly six weeks with a broken hamate bone in his right hand, Calhoun has been tearing it up in Triple-A, now batting .349 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs in 57 games. But the Angels are hesitant to call him up, mainly because he wouldn't get much playing time.

"I'm just trying to do me, man -- trying to swing the bat well and walk a little bit and strike out less and try to help the team win," Calhoun said. "That's what we're trying to do here. It's been real fun playing on this ballclub. It's been fun coming to the park playing with these guys and going out and competing."

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. William Boor is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.