Texas Rangers: 3 Players That Have Overachieved This Season
By Andrew Webb
It’s been unbelievable to watch the Joey Gallo era unfold this season. He was promoted due to the Adrian Beltre injury and was expected to be up on the MLB roster for a week or two. Well, it’s been a month and a half and he’s still here.
This season Gallo is hitting .203 with a team leading 12 home runs and 27 RBI in 37 games. He’s walked 16 times this season which is the second most on the team, behind Shin-Soo Choo. Gallo has improved greatly, but still has more room to grow.
Well, the scouting report was right about Gallo. His power is legit and can blast balls well over 400 feet with ease. The strikeout rate is real too, as Gallo has a league leading 54 strikeouts this season.
The former 1st round pick has exceeded the Rangers expectations this season. He’s become a fierce power bat in the middle of the Texas lineup. The team hopes with more experience his strikeout rate will lower, but for now they will gladly take the power numbers.
The Rangers need to acknowledge that Gallo may never become a “superstar” player, but he can still be a productive bat in their lineup. The tremendous power gives the Rangers a feared hitter they can plug into the lineup everyday.
He still has more growing and learning to do, but 23-year-old has been a bright spot for the Rangers this season.