Joey Gallo Scouting Report

Joey Gallo Scouting Report

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Joey Gallo Scouting Report

Without a doubt one of the most polarizing prospects in baseball today, Joey Gallo smacked 42 home runs last season over two minor league levels with 106 RBI and an eye-popping 179 strikeouts. He has Rangers executives hoJoey Gallo Scouting Reportping his 2014 season was no fluke, as his as-advertised power-swing has finally taken shape. Gallo batted behind Bryce Harper in their youth, so his talent is not in question as much as his plate discipline, which saw him post a worrisome strikeout rate over the last two years.

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Move Your Cars… He’s Up to Bat

At 6’5” and 205 pounds, Gallo has the massive frame of a classic power hitter. Baseball Prospectus gave him an 80 power rating on the overall future potential scale, or OFP, the highest possible grade and one only equaled by two other prospects heading into the 2014 season, the Twins Miguel Sano and the Cubs Javier Baez. With 40 homers clubbed in 2013 and then 42 in 2014, his power seems prodigious. Scouts describe his home runs as “memorable” and “unforgettable feats of power.” On the flipside, Gallo strikes out a TON. With 179 total K’s last year, he had a strikeout percentage of 33%, a number that was almost at 40% during his time with the Rangers AA affiliate. Many scouts believe his ability (or lack thereof) to make consistent contact would seem to limit his chances of succeeding at the Major League level. Some scouts add that “he tries too much.” Well, can you blame him? Hitting 400+ foot home runs can certainly draw a crowd. Defensively he is destined to be a first baseman or DH in the bigs as his footwork leaves plenty of room for improvement. Oddly enough he played shortstop in high school and switched to third his senior year knowing that many teams would not draft him as a shortstop due to his size and lack of agility.


The polarizing conversation about Gallo is that both scouts and projection systems are clearly uncertain about his ability to transition his power numbers to the majors. His 1.009 OPS in 2014 indicates that his contact troubles aren’t even close to limiting his ability to hit well at the minor league level. He spends his offseason working with major leaguers Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi to continually refine his approach at the plate and shorten his swing, which by his own admission used to be too long to make contact with some fastballs that didn’t touch 90 mph. It looks more and more like his work ethic at refining his swing, working on his discipline and the ability to draw walks will be the saving grace for a player that has the potential to become a legitimate major league power threat.

Info:
Position: 3B
Age: 21
DOB: 11/19/1993
Bats: R, Throws: R
Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 205
Rankings:
#2: MLB Top Prospect.com Third Base Prospect
#5: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects
#1: Rangers prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com
Draft details:
Texas Rangers- first round (39th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada
Scouting grades:
On the scouts scale of 20 to 80.
Hitting: 50 | Power: 80 | Run: 40 | Arm: 65 | Field: 65 | Overall: 70