Texas Rangers: Prospect Joey Gallo Ready To Impress
For the last several years, Texas Rangers President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels has overhauled the Rangers minor leagues system and created one of the deepest farm systems in all of Major League Baseball. While Rangers fans have become acquainted with top prospects such as Mike Olt, Jurickson Profar, and Martin Perez, there appears to be another crop of talent that is starting to bloom in the low minors. One of the bright prospects for the Rangers is 6 foot 5 inch power-hitting 3rd basemen Joey Gallo.
Gallo was selected in the supplemental round as the draft’s 39th pick in 2012. Fresh off his senior year in high school, Gallo enjoyed success in his first season of professional baseball. His first season he hit .253 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and slugging .598 splitting 59 games between Rookie League (43) and Short Season Spokane (16).
This spring the nineteen year old had a chance to showcase his talents in front of the Major League squad, appearing in 4 games for the Rangers in Spring Training. Although he only had 5 at bats, Gallo still managed to stroke a double and a monstrous home run, while walking twice. So far this season, Gallo has continued to crush the ball as he already has a pair of home runs in only 6 games. Through 65 games into his young minor league career the teenager has 24 home runs.
It will be fun to watch as Gallo improves his game over the next few years and progresses up through the Rangers farm system. One thing that should play in Gallo’s favor is time. Currently the Rangers have Gold Glove 3rd basemen Adrian Beltre under contract through the 2015 season, and have players such as Mitch Moreland, and Olt to occupy 1st base for the next few years. The Rangers are in a position to let Gallo spend a few more seasons in the minors to adjust to professional baseball and do not have to rush him up through the minor leagues. This should let the teenager fully adjust to professional baseball and set him up for long term success.
The current future is bright for the Texas Rangers and with prospects such as Joey Gallo, the Rangers hope it will remain bright for years to come. If you would like to follow Gallo as he progresses through the Minors, you can follow him on Twitter @JoeyGallo24.