Posted on September 7, 2010 on Rising Redbirds
Daniel Calhoun was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for August 30 to September 5. He appeared in three games for Quad Cities in that seven day stretch. In six innings Calhoun allowed five hits (all singles), no runs, only one walk, and struck out six while going 3-0 in that seven-day span.
The St. Louis Cardinals 29th round draft pick last season has gone 10-0 so far this season with a 3.75 ERA, 3.79 FIP, 1.33 WHIP, while striking out 83 in 96 innings, and sporting a 54 percent GB rate.
Calhoun has never been considered as a big prospect for the Cardinals, but could shoot through the system next year if he gets off to a good start. The 24-year-old Murray State alum has shown great control in his 49 Minor League appearances both in Batavia and Quad Cities. His 4.4 percent walk rate and 4.37 SO/BB rate are both good for eighth in the league among pitchers with at least 90 innings pitched. In 2009, he led all Division-1 pitchers with a 0.56 BB/9 rate. He’s also very efficient and does not give up many home runs at all (0.7 per 9 innings).
He’s not going to blow you away with a 97 mph fastball or a ridiculous, swooping curveball, but Calhoun is a control master who does all of the little things right. He doesn’t stand out as a prospect due to his age and lack of dominating “stuff”, but I will be very surprised if he ever truly struggles at the Minor League level. A guy with that kind of control can usually stick around.