Amidst a 2020 season worth forgetting, the Texas Rangers can now at least lay claim to the fact that they have one of the best players at one position in all of baseball.
If you abide by the trusty MLB Network Shredder rankings, that is.
Even if you don’t, we still believe this to be true.
Regardless of your personal sentiments towards The Shredder, its stat-driven formula ranked Rangers’ star Joey Gallo as the No. 8 right fielder in all of baseball on Wednesday.
Texas Rangers right fielder Joey Gallo is one of the best at his position in MLB.
Gallo is joined by some elite company on this list, including Mookie Betts, Juan Soto, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Aaron Judge, among others.
We’d say that’s a star-studded list if we’ve ever seen one.
Gallo is ranked ahead of Kansas City Royals right fielder Jorge Soler and Colorado Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon, according to The Shredder.
After giving this list some thought, we have mixed feelings about how it turned out.
On the one hand, Joey Gallo undoubtedly deserves placement on these types of rankings, as his 40+ homer power and defensive prowess (he won a Gold Glove in right field in 2020) makes him the kind of all-around player that merits recognition within league circles.
At the same time, we might be a little biased towards Gallo (only because he’s the Texas Rangers’ best player right now, no big deal), so we would be inclined to give him a top five spot on this list.
Who needs Bryce Harper’s flowing locks and $330 million contract anyway?
At minimum, though, this list is better than the one fans assembled of the top players at the same position…
No Joey Gallo (a true disgrace), but Whit Merrifield? Really? He only just started playing right field with some regularity in 2019.
Come on, baseball fans. We thought you’d demonstrate a bit more intelligence here.
Perhaps more Texas Rangers fans ought to participate in this vote going forward.
No matter which ranking or list you live by, Joey Gallo is worthy of cracking it if it involves top outfielders. A down year in 2020 shouldn’t deter you from seeing the big picture of Gallo’s immense talent.
Time to prove the fans and The Shredder wrong with a bounce-back campaign in 2021, Joey!