Arizona native Calhoun thriving in LA spotlight

Kole Calhoun, OF, Angels
Buckeye, Ariz.

When you look at Kole Calhoun's 5-foot-10, 200-pound frame, it doesn't exactly yell football player. While at Buckeye High School, though, Calhoun starred as the school's quarterback, earning all-state honors in the process.

Calhoun chose baseball over football and soccer, and he has thrived this season as the Angels' primary right fielder and leadoff man. Before he finished his college career at Arizona State University, Calhoun started it at Yavapai College in Prescott, Ariz., just 125 miles north of Buckeye. It was there that Calhoun broke out, hitting .413 in 2008 -- one season after leading the Northwoods League with a 0.38 ERA. As a Sun Devil, Calhoun became a team captain his senior season and an All-Pac 10 performer. 

Calhoun's father, Gregg, turned aside a possible career in baseball to ride bulls.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.