Calhoun Signs with D-Backs

Express alum Kole Calhoun has signed a free-agent contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Calhoun played for the Express from 2007-2009 and became the second Express player to play in the MLB when he made his debut with the Los Angeles Angels in 2012. Over eight seasons with the Angels Calhoun hit for a .249 average, with 167 doubles, 17 triples, and 140 home runs. The outfielder added 451 RBIs and scored a staggering 530 runs. In 2019 with the Angels Calhoun set a career-high in home runs (33) and RBIs (74).

Calhoun’s name covers the Eau Claire Express records in both single-season and career categories. The former Arizona State Sun Devil holds Express single-season records in doubles (19) and runs scored (57) and career records in doubles (41) and saves (24) while appearing in numerous other categories.

To read the official release from the Diamondbacks, click HERE.


The Eau Claire Express are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 26th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 230 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist (CHC) and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB All-Stars Jordan Zimmermann (DET) and Curtis Granderson (MIA). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Express as your favorite team.