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Dodgers: Former Prospect Injured on Julio Urias’ Hit By Pitch

A former prospect of the Dodgers was seriously injured on a Julio Urias fastball.



It was a scary moment in the bottom of the first at Surprise Stadium in Arizona. The Rangers left-fielder Willie Calhoun took a fastball from the Dodgers’ Julio Urias off of the chin and crumpled to the ground. Calhoun remained down while trainers check on him, and he was eventually carted off. 

While there is obviously no timetable for a return yet, the good news is that it could have been much worse. Any time a batter takes a 95 mph off of their face, all you can do is hope for the best. In this case, a broken jaw is likely the best-case scenario for Calhoun. 

Dodgers fans may remember Calhoun mostly for one big trade. He was part of the package that landed Yu Darvish in Los Angeles back in 2017, en route to the team’s first World Series appearance since 1988.

The Dodgers drafted Calhoun in the fourth round of the 2015 MLB June Amateur Draft from Yavapai College in Arizona. He showed tremendous power in a very short time, hitting 27 homeruns at Double-A level for the Tulsa Drillers in 2016.

While his bat was always very intriguing, the Dodgers were not overly impressed with his defensive prowess. The team ultimately dealt Calhoun, AJ Alexy, and Brendon Davis to Texas in exchange for Yu Darvish, their ace at the time. Calhoun went on to perform well enough in Texas’ farm to get a big-league promotion in 2017.

Last season, Calhoun hit well for the Rangers. He hit .269 with 21 homeruns in just 83 games played. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I hope Calhoun recovers quickly. To me it looked like Calhoun was guessing breaking ball. Urias had thrown him a wicked one earlier in at bat. Keeping fingers crossed.

  2. This injury makes the helmet Joc Pederson wears look like a really good idea for all batters. It has a bottom extension that protects the jaw. A 95 MPH fastball to the face will always cause injury (concussion at the least) but maybe it would prevent some long term damage. I’m not inclined to say it should be mandated, because I think freedom is a good thing, but MLB batters should think about it.

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