Texas Rangers: Lora’s power should assuage fans’ fears about Gallo deal
By Seth Carlson
Lora, have mercy! Those baseballs you’re crushing have families too!
If you’re unsure as to what I’m referring to, look no further than 14th-ranked Texas Rangers prospect, outfielder Bayron Lora.
The Texas Rangers Player Development team posted a video of Lora’s tantalizing power tool on full display Thursday night, and it’s simply mesmerizing…
That left-center field power is legitimate, a true sight to see.
Lora, of course, is just 18 years old, which makes this Herculean display all the more incredible.
The slugging outfielder was an international draft signing by the Texas Rangers out of the Dominican Republic in 2019, with MLB Pipeline lauding Lora for offering “the best raw power in the 2019 international class.”
Well, that’s quite easy to see from the above video.
It’s no surprise that his power tool grades out as above average (55 on the 20-80 scouting scale) either, but that aspect of his game is notably the only one that receives higher marks.
Still, Lora is a physical specimen at six-foot, three-inches tall and nearly 200 pounds, with room to grow (!) and to fill in that frame.
That’s a scary (good) proposition for a prospect on the ascent.
MLB Pipeline believes Lora could end up being a Joey Gallo type when it’s all said and done, which seems like a sensible comparison given that they play the same position and have the same ability to hack it with the wood.
A major caveat to keep in mind with Lora is that he’s so young, and developmentally speaking, has only played with the Texas Rangers’ DSL affiliate to this point.
So, the 18-year-old has a long way to go before fans can really start imagining the young slugger patrolling the outfield green in Arlington and/or anchoring the middle of a future Rangers lineup.
But knowing what Texas potentially has in Bayron Lora, the thought of trading Joey Gallo (which seems inevitable) should feel less onerous.