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Calhoun producing among the superstars

7/11/2014
Leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun has been on a tear offensively the last 14 games for the Angels. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Angels have now won 16 of their last 20 games as their explosive lineup on paper is translating to runs on the field.

On Thursday they scored a season-high 15 runs, including a whopping 13 in the first three innings. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that tied their franchise record for most runs through three innings, last done in April 1989.

Not to be overlooked despite all the superstars hitting behind him has been right fielder Kole Calhoun. The 26-year-old looks fully recovered from a bad ligament sprain in his ankle earlier this season that sent him to the disabled list.

In his last 14 games, Calhoun is hitting .420 with a .482 on-base percentage. During that stretch he has seven multi-hit games, with three-or-more hits on four occasions, solidifying his spot atop the Halos batting order.

Thriving at the top

Kole Calhoun
This Season

Out of 56 games this season, Calhoun has been in the leadoff spot for 42 of them. In those games he is batting .335, while batting only .179 when in the bottom half of the order.

Spending a lot of time batting in front of Mike Trout has had its benefits as Calhoun has seen a fastball 63 percent of the time when batting leadoff, hitting .383 against them. All 10 of Calhoun's home runs this season have come on some type of fastball and all have come while he was hitting leadoff.

Flashing power

For a player whose main job is to set the table for the big boppers, Calhoun has continued to show his own power stroke. Last season while splitting time between Triple-A Salt Lake and the big club, he totaled 20 homers. He's on a similar pace this season.

Among players who have made at least 100 plate appearances this season, Calhoun's ISO (which measures extra-bases per at-bat) of .236 ranks 23rd in all of baseball. The player who ranks 24th? Miguel Cabrera with .234 (albeit in a much larger sample size).