The Texas Rangers have one of the best prospects in the minors with their third baseman Joey Gallo. He’s quickly making a name for himself and moving in in the ranks.
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Last year he started off in High-A ball with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. He had a batting line of .323/.463/.735 with 9 doubles, 3 triples, 21 home runs and 50 RBI over 58 games/189 at-bats. While with the Pelicans he earned the Player of the Week title 3 times, Mid-season All-Star,Post-season All-Star, and Pelicans MVP.
It’s easy to see why he was promoted to the AA Frisco Rough Riders mid-way through the season. While with the Rough Riders his power numbers were still there, but his batting average dropped a bit. Mainly because he struck out more than he did in High-A ball. He finished with a batting line of .232/.334/.524. While with the Pelicans he walked 51 times and struckout only 64 times compared to having only 36 walks and striking out 115 times with the Rough Riders.
Video: 07/29/14 Joey Gallo launches grand slam
Frisco Rough Rider’s Joey Gallo smacks a grand slam against Midland to give the RoughRiders the lead.
It was an adjustment for Gallo, but he was still able to belt out 21 home runs, along with 10 doubles and 56 RBI with the Rough Riders. That helped him earn the Baseball America Minor League All-star, Post-season All-star, Player of the week and Futures Game MVP while with the Rough Riders.
Gallo finished the season with the second most home runs with 42 among North American professional baseball players. Overall for the 2014 season in the minors he batted .271/.394/.615 over 126 games/439 at-bats.
Now he’s been nominated for the MiLBY Awards “Top Offensive Player” for his achievements in 2014. Gallo has been very impressive and is only 20 years old. He won’t likely be with the Rangers for a few more years.
But, rest assured he will eventually work his way up to the big leagues in the near future. Until that time comes be sure to catch him up close in the minors while you still can.
Fans can go here to vote here for Gallo until October 23.