The Texas Rangers are well known for producing raw talent in their minor league farm system for the past couple seasons.
The organization believes all of their prospects will make it to the big leagues and if there isn’t room on their roster at the moment they’ll give their players an opportunity with another team via trade or acquisition.
One player that is for certain to be a potential raw power hitter with immense talent in every possible way is Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo. Gallo put on a show on Sunday when he represented Texas and USA in the annual MLB Futures game at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, which is a showcase of all the MLB prospects (USA vs. International talent) playing together in an exhibition a couple days before the actual MLB All-Star Game.
The USA team defeated the World team 3-2, but Gallo was the light that shined the brightest. His mammoth two-run home run in the sixth inning was the deciding factor. For his home run and clutch performance, he was honored with the Futures MVP award. Gallo’s blast measured at 419 feet when it hit the right field terrace.
Gallo crushed some balls out of the park during batting practice, one that led to smashing a car windshield. People were in awe by his power on every swing he took. He hit a good amount out of Target Field that landed around the ballpark.
If you think Gallo’s sensational power stroke in the Futures Game was impressive, his power numbers in the minors are even more amazing. With three seasons in the minors so far (in the third season now), the third baseman has hit 93 total dingers.
So far in the 2014 campaign, the 2012 MLB draft pick (chosen 39th overall) has 31 total home runs between Rangers Single-A Affiliate Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, which is tied for the minor league lead with Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Gallo has hit 71 home runs, which is by far the most in a span of two seasons. (The 2014 season isn’t over yet.). At both levels, Gallo has 31 homers and 73 runs batted in in 362 plate appearances, with a slash line of .307/.434/.703.
There is no questioning the mightiness Gallo can bring with one swing. It won’t be long until he is wearing a Rangers uniform in the majors.
At the age of 20 and the home run hitting ability he brings to the table, Texas will fit him nicely into their lineup. Already at the Double-A level there is a good chance Gallo will be at the Triple-A level next season or best skip right to Rangers spring training camp next year.
The third baseman might not be at third base his whole career, since the Rangers have hinted at the possibility of him making a transition to first base.
If he were to say make it to the majors by next season, Gallo will have to assume a bench or a designated hitter role unless current Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre and first baseman Prince Fielder (who is out for the season with a neck injury) take their talents elsewhere in the next couple seasons.
Nonetheless, Joey Gallo will have his time soon because passing up on a talent of his caliber is hard to ignore.