It’s hard to imagine “the home run machine” also known as Joey Gallo to actually get better in 2018, but he could. The Rangers have been impressed with Gallo’s performance this season, and this might be just the beginning.
This season Gallo is hitting .206 with 32 home runs and 61 RBI in 106 games. He’s posting a 2.6 WAR, and has been one of the most exciting players to watch this season. His emergence brings a lot of hope to the future of the Rangers organization.
While Gallo does live up to the power potential hype, he also does strikeout a lot. As a prospect many expects raved about his power, but were also concerned with his strikeout ratio. This season Gallo has struck out 143 times in just a little over 100 games.
If Gallo can become more patient at the plate and draw more walks then we could be looking at a potential superstar in the making with Gallo. The Rangers could have the next “Joey Votto” on their hands if Gallo finds a way to be able to draw more walks.
To his credit Gallo is second on the team currently with 49 walks. He’s been working on drawing more walks this season, and changed his approach in Spring Training. This might just be something that will take him time for Gallo.
Next season could be huge for Gallo if he’s able to fine tune his approach. We could be looking at the next Barry Bonds or Votto. It seems insane to compare Gallo to such great players, but with some work the 23-year-old slugger could be something special in the MLB.