Four Texas Rangers who will have breakthrough seasons in 2019
By Ben Zajdel
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Joey Gallo Will Post a Career-High On-base Percentage
With just fifteen additional walks and twenty additional hits, Gallo would have posted a career high on-base percentage of .372. That’s a big increase from his OBP of .312 from last season, but it’s not unreasonable. Next year will be Gallo’s third full season in the majors, and the game should start to slow down for him.
Gallo will never hit for a high average. That long, looping swing that’s responsible for so many dingers also causes a lot of strikeouts. But if he improves his plate discipline even a little, his OBP should go up tremendously. Combined with his phenomenal power, that would make Gallo one of the Rangers’ most valuable players.