Rangers Prospect: Joey Gallo

Patrick Conn

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The Texas Rangers have one of the most promising and at times frustrating prospects in baseball. Of course the prospect in reference is Frisco RoughRiders’ Joey Gallo. No, that isn’t the mobster Joey Gallo that was known as Crazy Joey and gunned down in 1972. This Gallo mainly plays third base as well as designated hitter but at this point it there isn’t a spot for him in the majors. Currently Adrian Beltre mans third base but he is getting towards the end of his career and Gallo is only beginning his.

Beltre will be entering the final two seasons of his deal to the tune of $34 million. Should he be moved by the trade deadline, Gallo could look to make a serious push next season. The idea isn’t too far-fetched as Elvis Andrus made that move jumping from Frisco to Arlington to take over as shortstop. One concern in the case of Gallo is his lack of experience. Gallo who was drafted 39th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft and has only been in the minors for less than three full seasons.

Gallo has shown his power at any level he has played. Including during his 2013 campaign where 39% of his hits were home runs. He was even the star of the Futures All-Star game with this monster shot.

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What you love about him will also drive you crazy about him. The biggest flaw in his game is the rate that he strikes out which is usually the case with power hitters. In his 925 at bats, Gallo has struck out 373 times. Basically he will strike out 1/3 of the time. With some patience at the plate Gallo shouldn’t be in the minors much longer.

What could work in his favor is the need for first/third baseman in the majors for the Rangers. Prince Fielder who went down with an injury may or may not come back to full strength. Fielder could be reduced to DH duty and Beltre is nearing the end. So watch out for the future slugger, who will bring a lot of happiness to those at Globe Life Park.

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