Texas Rangers bold predictions: One from each member of our staff

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ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers hits for an RBI double in the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 3, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Joey Gallo hits for a .250 average and 50 home runs

My bold prediction is focused on Joey Gallo, and honestly, I don’t think it’s a far cry of a prediction, rather something that just makes sense. Gallo has hit a combined 81 home runs in his first two full seasons, but batted .209 and .206 over that span as well. He did however post a decent OPS each year, which is a little more telling of his worth.

The raw power he has is among the best in the game. It just makes sense that if he can raise his average 30 or 40 points, even more home runs will result. Many reports coming out of spring training before the injury noted that he was working on bettering his pitch recognition and beating the shift.

I think he has a valid chance at becoming one of, if not the most powerful hitter in the game. All it’s going to take is the continued refining of his non-power related skills. I don’t think a .250 average and 50 home runs is too far out of reach. I think this could be the season he takes the biggest step yet. If he does, look out.