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Joey Gallo | Third Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 11/19/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right

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The Rangers invited top power prospect Joey Gallo to major league spring training as a non-roster invitee.
The 21-year-old isn't going to make the Opening Day roster, but has an opportunity to work with and showcase his skills for the big league coaches. In 126 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, Gallo slashed .271/.394/.615 with 42 homers and 106 RBI in 2014. He also whiffed 179 times though, including 115 times in 68 games at Double-A. His power potential is off the charts, but he'll need to improve his plate discipline and cut back on the strikeouts before he's a serious option for the Rangers. Jan 23 - 7:20 PM

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Joey Gallo played outfield during Wednesday's game in the Fall Instructional League.

The Rangers say they would like Gallo to stay at third base, but it doesn't hurt anything to get him some reps in the outfield during instructional league. "Versatility is a plus," general manager Jon Daniels said. "It gives both the club and the player options. Joey’s a good athlete and, while we don’t doubt he can play third, this is an easy way to give him additional paths to the big leagues, when the time comes that he’s ready and we have a need. As we sit today, I expect him to start 2015 at third base in the minor leagues, but Instructional League is the time to introduce new things." Gallo hit 42 home runs in the minors this year -- also striking out 179 times -- and he could make his way to the majors at some point in 2015.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 08:16:00 PM

Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Frisco.

The home run was Gallo’s 41st of the season and his first since Aug. 17. Even though he’s clubbed 20 bombs in Double-A, the rest of Gallo’s numbers have regressed at the more advanced level, evidenced by his .235/.328/.529 batting line and 109-31 strikeout-to-walk through 64 games. However, that shouldn’t completely detract from the left-handed slugger’s outstanding season, as he still owns a solid .274/.393/.621 batting line to go along with 63 extra-base hits and 101 RBI over 122 games between the High- and Double-A levels.
Thu, Aug 28, 2014 02:49:00 PM

Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Sunday for Double-A Frisco.

The home run was Gallo’s 40th of the season, pushing him back into a tie with Kris Bryant for the Minor League lead. The 20-year-old slugger has scuffled in August, with a .196/.293/.412 batting line, three home runs and 20 strikeouts in 13 games, but he had a strong three-game weekend series against Tulsa with a pair of home runs, five runs scored and a walk in each game. On the season, Gallo is batting .281/.401/.642 with 40 home runs, 19 doubles, 98 RBI, 92 runs, while his respective 33.3% and 16.1% strikeout and walk rates represent improvements compared to his 2013 full-season debut.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 05:48:00 PM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk for Double-A Frisco on Saturday.

Gallo continues to hit for power, but he has struggled in Double-A, hitting just .200/.292/.435 over his last 31 games and .244/.336/.550 during his 56 games in Double-A. The more salient concern is Gallo's spiking strike out rate. After striking out 37.0 percent of the time in Low-A in 2013, he improved his rate to 26.0 percent in with High-A Myrtle Beach. During his time with Double-A Frisco, his rate has increased to 40.6 percent (97 strikeouts in 239 plate appearances). While Gallo is a top prospect, his strikeouts may cause the prospect hype train to pump the brakes a little bit. He should be in the majors toward the end of 2015.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 10:35:00 AM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said in a radio interview on SiriusXM Sunday that third base prospect Joey Gallo will not be promoted this season.

It's not a surprise. Gallo has had a fantastic year, batting .289/.409/.651 with 38 homers and 95 RBI between High- and Double-A. He still needs some refinement at the plate, though, and there's no reason for the out-of-contention Rangers to push him. Daniels did add that he expects the 20-year-old in the majors next season.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 11:23:00 AM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 1-for-4 with a home run for Double-A Frisco on Friday.

The home run was the minor league-leading 38th of the season and 100th of Gallo's professional career. After hitting .323/.463/.735 with High-A Myrtle Beach, he is hitting .258/.341/.574 with Double-A Frisco, including .242/.316/.500 since the beginning of July. His power numbers are impressive, but his 40.9 percent strikeout rate in Double-A is troubling. Gallo will likely spend the rest of the season in the Texas League, and should return there for 2015 to further work on his pitch recognition and approach. He has the potential to be a leading home run hitter, but he still has a lot of work to do to make more consistent contact.
Sat, Aug 9, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 3-for-4 with a double for Double-A Frisco on Friday.

Gallo had a brutal July, hitting .239/.327/.533 with 45 strikeouts, so a good start to August is a welcomed change. It's important to remember that he is 20 in Double-A, and could return to Double-A Frisco to start 2015. He is hitting .271/.360/.614 with Frisco, and .299/.418/.679 overall.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo went 4-for-7 with a home run and five RBI on Tuesday in a double header for Double-A Frisco.

The 20-year-old slugger went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in game one of the double dip, and then followed it with a 3-for-4, three RBI performance in the night cap. The home run was Gallo's 32nd of the season, which puts him one back of Kris Bryant (33 HR) for the minor league lead. Meanwhile, he now has six hits in his last 10 at-bats at Frisco after going 3-for-22 with 13 strikeouts following his impressive showing in the Futures Games.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 02:38:00 PM

Joey Gallo was named MVP of the Futures Game on Sunday after his towering two-run homer led Team USA to a 3-2 victory over the World Team at Target Field in Minnesota.

The USA team had fallen behind in the top half of the sixth inning when Javier Baez smashed a two-run homer of his own, but Gallo's answer in the bottom half of the inning was too much for the World Squad to overcome. The 20-year-old slugger is hitting an absurd .307/.434/.703 with 31 homers and 73 RBI over 85 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco this season.
Sun, Jul 13, 2014 08:24:00 PM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run for Double-A Frisco on Monday.

The home run was his minor league-leading 31st home run of the season, as he is now one home run ahead of Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant. Gallo has a spectacular .298/.389/.691 line with seven doubles and 10 home runs in Double-A, but he also has 46 strikeouts in 108 plate appearances (42.3 percent). He has become the Rangers top prospect, but he will need to work on his approach and recognition of off-speed pitches.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:06:00 AM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo hit his minor-league leading 25th home run of the year as part of a 2-for-5 day for Double-A Frisco on Friday.

Gallo is hitting .368/.455/1.053 with a double and four home runs in five games for Double-A Frisco, raising his combined season line to .327/.463/.764. He has struck out eight times and walked three times in his 22 plate appearances in Double-A. He has also pushed Ryan Rua over to first base, which indicates that the Rangers may think he is the long-term replacement for Adrian Beltre.
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 09:37:00 AM

Rangers prospect 3B Joey Gallo was 2-for-2 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for Double-A Frisco.

He also doubled and walked twice in the game. Gallo has now homered in his first two games since his promotion to Double-A, while his blast on Tuesday helped him re-take the minor league lead with 23. The 20-year-old slugger shows no signs of slowing down, as he’s now batting .327/.467/.760 on the year to go along with 10 doubles, 23 home runs 56 RBI and a vastly improved 67-53 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 60 games. While it’s doubtful Gallo reaches the major leagues before the end of the season, the combination of him now residing in Double-A and the Rangers’ bleak situation at first base makes it hard to rule out.
Wed, Jun 11, 2014 03:36:00 PM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo went 1-for-5 with a home run and three strikeouts in his debut for Double-A Frisco on Monday.

The quality of pitching improves substantially from High-A to Double-A, particularly the quality of off-speed and breaking pitches, so it will be interesting to see if Gallo can continue to improve his strategy and pitch recognition. He hit .323/.463/.735 for High-A Myrtle Beach over 58 games, and will likely be in Double-A for the rest of the season.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 08:59:00 AM

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo has been promoted to Double-A Frisco.

He happened to be promoted the same day that the Rangers announced Mitch Moreland will have ankle surgery that could end his season. Big questions remain about whether Gallo will make enough contact, but he's hit a minor league-high 21 homers at High-A this season after belting 40 bombs last year. The 20-year-old remains a long shot to see the majors this season, but he's worth tracking closely.
Sun, Jun 8, 2014 01:37:00 PM

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