With Winter Break on the horizon, some of the roster logjam for Arizona Wildcats baseball are starting to clear themselves up. D1Baseball's Kendall Rogers is reporting that IF Willie Calhoun is transferring to Yavapai Community College.
Another transfer: @ArizonaBaseball INF Willie Calhoun, who had well over 100 ABs last yr, transferring at break. Yavapai CC the destination.— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersD1) December 10, 2014
No longer looking back on what I had. My eyes is only gonna be light at the end of the tunnel.— June #11 (@11WillieCalhoun) December 10, 2014
Last season, while primarily playing third base, Calhoun batted .247 in 43 starts. The true freshman from Benicia, CA drove in 19 runs, and scored 16 runs while accumulating 36 hits in 2014.
After missing the NCAA Tournament for a second-straight season, head coach Andy Lopez brought in a lot of guys for fall practice, and will have to cut down to a 35-man roster. This appears to be the first of what could be a lot of shakeup on the Arizona Baseball roster.
It's interesting that Calhoun is finding himself as the odd-man out, as Lopez continually praised his ability to hit last season. Even when he was struggling, coach Lopez would always say that his bat plays at this level. Calhoun was also drafted in the 17th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. Former Arizona Wildcat Johnny Field was named that organization's top minor-league player in 2014.
Best of luck to Willie in Prescott in his quest to improve his draft stock for the 2016 MLB Draft.