Texas Rangers: Joey Gallo Sets Focus On Game Not Hype
By Andrew Webb
Top prospect Joey Gallo wants to focus on his game and not the hype surrounding him. The Rangers and their fans having been waiting patiently for Gallo to emerge at the Major League level.
In two stints with the Texas Rangers its been a disaster for Joey Gallo. He’s hitting .173 with seven home runs and 15 RBI in 53 games. The 23-year-old infielder is trying to ignore the hype and change his focus to baseball.
According to T.R. Sullivan, Gallo had this to say about his hype “I used to care about all that stuff.” “You’re always trying to prove something. I wanted people to look at me and say I’m a great baseball player. Now I don’t care what people think. All I care about is what I think, and my teammates think and my family. I’m not listening to all that noise and outside distractions. People can have their opinions. I’m just going to go out and play.”
That’s exactly what the Rangers and their fans want to hear from Gallo. When you’re known as a top prospect especially one with prodigious power like Gallo it can get to your head. He’s a one of a kind talent, and sometimes the organization rushes that to the Major Leagues.
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Gallo has made adjustments this spring, and is drawing more walks. He’s tied for the team lead in walks this spring with Drew Robinson with six walks. This spring Gallo is hitting .182 with two home runs and five RBI in 33 at-bats.
It looks like Gallo could use some more time in the minors, but at least his mind is in the right place now and that’s a huge step in the right direction. Hopefully this change in mindset can help Gallo improve his game on the field.