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Birth Date11-19-1993
Height6' 5"
Weight250 lbs
Age28 years, 0 months, 8 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 TEX 21 36 123 22 3 1 6 15 57 0 3 0 .204 .301 .417 94 -0.5 0.4 0.1 0.3
2016 TEX 22 17 30 1 0 0 1 5 19 0 1 0 .040 .200 .160 44 -2.0 -0.1 0.3 -0.1
2017 TEX 23 145 532 94 18 3 41 75 196 8 7 2 .209 .333 .537 123 16.8 0.5 1.1 3.1
2018 TEX 24 148 577 103 24 1 40 74 207 3 3 4 .206 .312 .498 116 12.7 1.9 0.6 2.7
2019 TEX 25 70 297 61 15 1 22 52 114 2 4 2 .253 .389 .598 128 12.3 1.7 4.8 2.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2012 SPO A- NOR 16 67 .250 .322 .363 .308 97 2.2 1.8 0.3 90 0 1.5 -0.9 -0.7 0.2
2012 RNG Rk AZL 43 193 .265 .350 .388 .313 98 29.9 6.0 0.4 178 0 -9.6 3.3 16.9 1.6
2013 HIC A SAL 106 446 .250 .320 .373 .305 99 29.4 12.4 1.3 122 0 -7.5 3.1 -0.2 1.0
2013 RNG Rk AZL 5 21 .283 .337 .405 .500 90 4.2 0.6 0 201 0 0.2 0.2 1.0 0.2
2014 MYR A+ CAR 58 246 .254 .321 .375 .370 95 38.1 7.2 0.6 238 0 4.9 1.0 27.6 4.2
2014 FRI AA TEX 68 291 .253 .320 .380 .322 98 14.8 8.0 -0.3 136 0 -1.1 -1.3 5.8 1.2
2015 TEX MLB AL 36 123 .252 .314 .403 .356 107 -2.1 3.3 -0.2 94 13 0.1 0.4 -0.5 0.3
2015 FRI AA TEX 34 146 .256 .321 .378 .453 119 13.1 3.8 -0.5 186 0 1.9 0.6 9.9 1.7
2015 ROU AAA PCL 53 228 .265 .327 .404 .258 92 1.6 6.3 -0.3 84 0 0.9 -1.9 -7.4 -0.2
2016 TEX MLB AL 17 30 .255 .326 .418 .000 114 -3.3 0.8 -0.3 44 13 0.3 -0.1 -2.0 -0.1
2016 ROU AAA PCL 102 433 .265 .336 .411 .330 90 31 12.2 -3.7 141 0 5.8 2.1 11.7 2.9
2017 TEX MLB AL 145 532 .254 .324 .429 .250 112 14.7 15.6 -3.2 123 7 1.1 0.5 16.8 3.1
2018 TEX MLB AL 148 577 .241 .310 .400 .249 108 7.5 16.2 -5.3 116 7 0.6 1.9 12.7 2.7
2019 TEX MLB AL 70 297 .246 .312 .430 .368 107 16.7 9.0 -1 128 11 4.8 1.7 12.3 2.6
2019 RNG Rk AZL 4 16 .273 .357 .425 .167 107 3.1 0.5 -0.1 172 0 0.3 -0.1 1.1 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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2012 RNG Rk AZL 193 150 44 44 10 1 18 110 43 37 52 6 0 .293 .435 .733 .440 3 0
2012 SPO A- NOR 67 56 9 12 2 0 4 26 9 11 26 0 0 .214 .343 .464 .250 0 0
2013 HIC A SAL 446 392 82 96 19 5 38 239 78 48 165 14 1 .245 .334 .610 .365 1 0
2013 RNG Rk AZL 21 19 4 7 4 0 2 17 10 2 7 1 0 .368 .429 .895 .526 0 0
2014 FRI AA TEX 291 250 44 58 10 0 21 131 56 36 115 2 0 .232 .334 .524 .292 1
2014 MYR A+ CAR 246 189 53 61 9 3 21 139 50 51 64 5 3 .323 .463 .735 .413 4
2015 FRI AA TEX 146 121 21 38 10 1 9 77 31 24 49 1 0 .314 .425 .636 .322 1 0
2015 TEX MLB AL 123 108 16 22 3 1 6 45 14 15 57 3 0 .204 .301 .417 .213 0 0
2015 ROU AAA PCL 228 200 20 39 9 0 14 90 32 27 90 1 0 .195 .289 .450 .255 1 0
2016 TEX MLB AL 30 25 2 1 0 0 1 4 1 5 19 1 0 .040 .200 .160 .120 0 0
2016 ROU AAA PCL 433 359 71 86 17 6 25 190 66 68 150 2 0 .240 .367 .529 .290 1 0
2017 TEX MLB AL 532 449 85 94 18 3 41 241 80 75 196 7 2 .209 .333 .537 .327 0 0
2018 TEX MLB AL 577 500 82 103 24 1 40 249 92 74 207 3 4 .206 .312 .498 .292 0 0
2019 TEX MLB AL 297 241 54 61 15 1 22 144 49 52 114 4 2 .253 .389 .598 .344 1 1
2019 RNG Rk AZL 16 11 3 3 1 0 2 10 3 5 3 0 0 .273 .500 .909 .636 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 492 0.4675 0.4919 0.5000 0.7261 0.2863 0.5509 0.3867 0.5000 -0.0011
2016 145 0.4621 0.4414 0.5000 0.6418 0.2692 0.6047 0.2857 0.5000 0.0000
2017 2233 0.4044 0.4702 0.5667 0.7010 0.3135 0.7014 0.3621 0.4333 0.0000
2018 2348 0.4570 0.4825 0.5905 0.6841 0.3129 0.7071 0.3759 0.4095 0.0000
2019 1285 0.4677 0.4086 0.5829 0.5907 0.2485 0.6873 0.3647 0.4171 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation


Year Team Salary
2021 TEX $6,200,000
2020 TEX $4,400,000
2019 TEX $605,500
2018 TEX $560,000
2017 TEX $537,120
2016 TEX $
2015 TEX $
4 yrPrevious$6,102,620
5 yrPvs + Cur$12,302,620
5 yrTotal$12,302,620


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 103 dBoras Corp.1 year/$6.2M (2021)

  • 1 year/$6.2M (2021). Re-signed by Texas 1/15/21 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by NY Yankees in trade from Texas 7/29/21 with $2.2M remaining on contract. As part of the trade, Rangers pay Yankees $2,722,865, which also covers some of the money due Joely Rodriguez.
  • 1 year/$4.4M (2020). Re-signed by Texas 1/10/20 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$605,500 (2019). Re-signed by Texas 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.56M (2018). Re-signed by Texas 2/18.
  • 1 year/$537,120 (2017). Re-signed by Texas 2/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5095M (2016). Re-signed by Texas 2/27/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Texas 6/2/15.
  • Drafted by Texas 2012 (1s-39) (Bishop Gorman HS, Las Vegas). $2.25M signing bonus ($1.3248M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 45 9 2 0 3 6 15 0 0 .237 .356 .526 129 3.6 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
80o 30 6 1 0 2 4 10 0 0 .231 .333 .500 123 2.1 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
70o 19 4 1 0 1 2 7 0 0 .235 .316 .471 119 1.2 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
60o 10 2 0 0 1 1 4 0 0 .222 .300 .556 116 0.6 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 112 0.1 CF 0, LF 0 0.0
Weighted Mean300000100.000.000.0001130.2CF 0, LF 00.0

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2021-04-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)New proposal for Manfred to speed up the pace of play: cancel Max Muncy’s ABs just give him an out 1/3 of the time and put him on first the other 2/3... seriously though, maybe it’s just recency bias but has anyone walked like this since Barry Bonds?
(pats1124 from Durham, NC)
He's been on a hell of a tear, although the Dodgers offense could probably use his swings a bit more at the moment. Using our new leaderboards ( you can sort by BB% and min PA. I just did this with a min of 20 PA and was stunned to find Matt Joyce a 23.8% and Joey Gallo at 23.5%. Muncy tops the leaderboard and has a good chance of finishing there, but he's just on a bit of a hot streak right now, I think. (Craig Goldstein)
2021-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Schwarber, Gallo, or Rosario? Trying to fill an Eloy-sized hole in my OF. Draft tomorrow!
(seddrah from Seattle)
It depends on format, but I still love me some Joey Gallo. (Jesse Roche)
2021-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have Joey Gallo in an OBP league. I want to just sit back and enjoy the ride, but i'm kinda nervous. Thoughts?
(Ryan from Montreal)
The only thing to be nervous about with Gallo is the injuries. If he's in the lineup he's gonna be a power/OBP monster. Enjoy the ride! (Mark Barry)
2020-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the rest of season outlook for two under-performing sluggers in Gary Sanchez and Joey Gallo? Sit tight or panic sell before the deadline?
(MK from Houston)
For Sanchez, a lot of the answer here revolves around what's available on the wire. If you need to protect your AVG I don't mind dropping him. Gallo's tough because it's mostly the AVG. He's still getting on base at a good clip. At this point I'd just stick with him and hope for a hot streak the last two weeks. (Mike Gianella)
2020-08-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Lewis more George Springer or Joey Gallo?
(Chris from Washington)
I don't think he has close to Gallo's power, ultimately, so if I'm picking between those two, Springer. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-06-21 15:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 roto w OBP. I have Joey Gallo, Andrelton Simmons, and Jake Lamb getting ready to come of the DL so I'm going to have to drop some folks. Assuming no positional adjustments necessary, in what order would you drop these players: Profar, C. Hernandez, J. Donaldson, Jackie Bradley, DDS, JaCoby Jones, Cole Calhoun, Kyle Schwarber, Jake Lamb.
(bmmcmahon from Newport Beach, CA)
Jones, Profar, Cesar, Lamb, JBJ, DeShields, Calhoun, Schwarber, Donaldson. (Jon Hegglund)
2019-05-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Joey Gallo hits .270, is he a first rounder?
(Pete from LA)
He's probably a mid- to back-end pick in the first-round, if he hits .270. He'd be a lot like Nolan Arenado, who hit .277 with 38 homers and two stolen bases. Arenado was a consensus first rounder in 2019. (J.P. Breen)
2019-04-12 16:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Joey Gallo's end of season AVG is? Is he worth giving up a top 20 pitcher for?
(Alex from Austin)
It's very optimistic to think it'll be any higher than .220, and .210 is probably the more realistic number. I think back end of top 20 is justifiable, especially if you need the power and you can take the average hit. (Darius Austin)
2019-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)Hearing that Miguel Sano is working hard this offseason on conditioning and such. Do you see a rebound? If so, what is his ceiling this season? Thanks.
(Michael from Oregon)
Are you suggesting he might be in...the best shape of his life? I think continuing to play him at third is silly, but they've overloaded on 1B/DH in the offseason (hey, maybe they are another team that should have signed Machado). More broadly I don't put much stock into these stories until there's on field results, and I think the best the Twins can hope for is much less athletic Joey Gallo. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-02-25 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who is someone outside the top 25 in prospects that could be a top 5 prospect next year?
(Tommy from Atlanta)
Wander Javier?

Really, I'm not a prospect guy. I wrote the comments for most of the Royals, so I'm biased toward MJ Melendez and Seuly Matias (aka right-handed Joey Gallo). (Jon Hegglund)
2019-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Seuly Matias has the big power, but unlike the comp in his top 10 profile, he hasn't shown the OBP/BB skills that Joey Gallo has. What are you all seeing that suggests he could get to some of his power in games, hence his ranking? Thanks!
(Steve from KC)
Well, he's gotten it into minor league games, so this isn't an Austin Beck or Leody Taveras type situation, but I get what you mean. It's an athleticism and swing bet, as he isn't as yolked up or long as your typical elite power guy and it's not an awful approach, perhaps just a bit raw for full season. We think it will come with more reps, but... (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2018-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Joey Gallo reach new heights this year? Or can we expect the same kind of power with the OBP compensating for the low BA?
(tallahassee from Chatham, NJ)
I should know this, but I don't: I don't know what the career arc is for extreme TTO guys like Gallo. He's only 25, so there is room for improvement, but good golly, I sure don't see evidence of it. I mean, his ratio of home runs to singles was lower in 2018 than in 2017, but it was still > 1, which is pretty nuts. He's such an extreme player, and I don't know that the extreme guys change that much. Given his age, though, I think he's a 3-4 win guy for several more years, and that's something. (Rob Mains)
2018-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you know if DRC+ was created just as a means to new content? You know. For the clicks.
(Henry Hucklebuck from Honolulu)
Well, you don't expect me to say "yes," do you, Henry? But having been involved with the testing, I can tell you that we saw an opportunity to move offensive stats forward by incorporating factors that other metrics don't use, like opposing pitcher and defense quality, batted ball quality, more sophisticated park factors, and the like. wRC+ and OPS+ are great metrics that moved offensive analysis forward, but they're outcomes-oriented. If Dee Gordon beats out a dribbler up the third base line off Chris Tillman, and Joey Gallo hits a rocket off Blake Snell that Kiermaier chases down, Gordon wins and Gallo loses. We think there's more to it than that. And, as Jonathan Judge showed, DRC+ is both more descriptive and more predictive than other metrics. (Rob Mains)
2018-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm in a Roto league with H+BB instead of BA, which can throw a wrinkle in the published rankings. Does that wrinkle drastically change where you have Joey Gallo? And 2nd, where would you put Joey Wendle on your team: 2B, SS, MI, or Bench.
(tallahassee from Chatham, NJ)
Yes that format would drastically change my ranking on Gallo. He's a borderline top 2-3 round option at that point. For Wendle, I think he'll play a lot, so he's going to be a nice piece. It depends on your team context, but I think 2B is probably going to be the weakest spot this season. (Mark Barry)
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)Have you reached the point of marriage where people bring up having babies the way someone brings up bunting to Joey Gallo?
(Steve from NJ)
I have a jewish mother who was bringing up babies within the first year my wife and I were dating. I don't have a baseball comparison to this, but let's just say it's not new for us. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)I'm baffled by Akil Baddoo. A strikeout rate above 30% and a walk rate above 20% puts his three-true outcome rate in Joey Gallo territory, but he's doing it without much power. What do you make of his unique prospect?
(Eric from Atlanta)
Yeah it's been a real weird situation for Baddoo, and I'm not sure I'd qualify it as a positive despite the uh, healthy, walk rate. I expect things to normalize going forward. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)once adrian beltre shows he is healthy for a few weeks would he be able to top 101 type prospect like Stephen Gonsalves?
(a.j. from las vegas)
So, the way I'm reading this is that you're asking if Beltre could return a Top 101-type player in a pre-deadline trade once the Rangers decide to start stripping the team down? Honestly, I kind of doubt it. Most of the teams that I'd guess will be in contention for playoff spots will be well-positioned at the hot corner, not to mention the fact that Manny Machado is likely to be on the trade market as well. Combine that with Beltre's injury woes recently and the fact that he's a really important part of Texas' clubhouse, and I'm not certain he'd pull back enough value to make Texas willing to deal him. (And that's even without Joey Gallo's reticence to return to third base.)

The one team where *maybe* I could see a fit would be Cleveland, and I'm not sure they'd give up a player of Shane Bieber's caliber in that rental dea. (Bryan Grosnick)
2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)After selling at the deadline last season, I have a lot of keeper options to sort through. I am in a standard 12-team mixed-league 5x5 roto league with a $260 budget, but we use OBP instead of AVG and SV + 1/2 H instead of just saves. We can keep 5 MLB players; the first year without a price increase, in subsequent years price goes up $10 each year. We can also keep one minor leaguer (I have both Mejia and Acuna and could burn an MLB slot on one of them if I want) I have the following possible keepers: Nomar Mazara $11 Justin Turner $9 Gio Gonzalez $4 Jerad Eickhoff $2 Jon Gray $2 Julio Teheran $2 Orlando Arcia $2 Joey Gallo $1 Rafael Devers $1 Rhys Hoskins $1 Travis Shaw $1 Francisco Mejia $1 Ronald Acuna $1 Which 6 would you keep?
(bmmcmahon from Los Angeles)
As much as I think he's the safest bet here, I'm tempted to throw back Turner just based the on the savings and your quantity of $1 options. I'll say Turner, Gallo, Devers, Hoskins, Shaw, Acuna, but I wouldn't blame you for saving the money on Turner and keeping Gray instead. (Darius Austin)
2017-10-24 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jarrett! I have a BP Annual-related question. Does Dylan Cozens rate a full comment or a lineout? In a greater sense ... what is he?
(Not Bryan from Not In This Chat)
Full comment. There's still a huge delta in his outcomes in my opinion, because I'm not giving up on a plus-plus power guy with that athletic ability off one bad year. He could still be anything from Mike Hessman to 2017 Joey Gallo. -- Jarrett (World Series Chat)
2017-08-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who in your humble opinion is the greatest 3 True Outcomes player of all time? And who is the greatest playing today?
(Paul from DC)
I always always always want to say Jack Cust here. And I'm sure there are purer versions out there -- Wily Mo Pena maybe? Wladimir Balentein? -- but Cust's 2007,where he walked over 20 percent of the time, struck out over 30, and had about a quarter of his hits as home runs is pretty remarkable. He should've never declined, in a just world.

The best today? That's kind of tough -- I would've said Nick Williams, but he doesn't walk enough and his major league output has been kind of different. Joey Gallo is tempting, but he also isn't a big, big walker. Probably, it's Aaron Judge, who's flirting with Cust's 20/30 bb/k rate and has about 25 percent of his hits as HR. (Trevor Strunk)
2017-09-12 23:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo is awesome - borderline the best. This is a giant 6'5" monolith who can hit big ass dingers and be worth 6.5 baserunning runs. And plays a neutral-to-slightly-below-average 3B. And walks a lot. And K's a lot. Please extol his virtues. Also, tons of dingers. Many dongs. A multitude of home runs. He hits a whole lot of home runs is the gist of this comment. And home runs are awesome. And I want to bathe in the calls of anyone and everyone and anyone who shall ever exist who doubted him. I really just want everyone to acknowledge the the 15% walk rate, 36% strikeout rate, and 8% home run rate. And bow down to the 59% Three True Outcomes. Joey Gallo is our 3TO God, may he be praised, in perpetuity.
(MonkeyEpoxy from CO)
Joey Gallo is awesome, because Joey Gallo is weird. He's so weird! His game is weird, and he's so tall. He's also awesome because, in the midst of that weirdness and 36% strikeout rate (good gravy), he has still managed to be delightfully entertaining to watch. Given the direction that baseball is heading, the prospect of entertaining 3TO Gods, as you put it, seems like a good thing, because soon it may be all we have. (Megan Rowley)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which prospects this year have an 80 grade tool?
(CKnecht88 from Ohio)
This is my favorite question so far. Look, I'm not a scout. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the men and women who can do it. I think as far as 80-grade goes, that's reserved for top of the scale #OffTheCharts tools like Billy Hamilton's speed, Joey Gallo's power, Miguel Cabrera's hit tool (and maybe Mookie Betts someday)...I think of the current crop of prospects, Alex Reyes & Michael Kopech have 80-grade fastballs. There are a few relievers with the velocity to put an 80 on their fastballs too. If you're looking for a fun one, I think Jharel Cotton's changeup is a potential one to get there. I have no idea how you grade a screwball but Brent Honeywell for me there. (George Bissell)
2017-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)What can we expect from Joey Gallo in 2017? Can he win the TEX 1B job out of ST or has his ship sailed after a miserable 2016?
(Bronx Bomber from Philippines)
Wily Mo Pena got a minor league contract in this, the year of Our Lord 2017, so rest assured that no ships ever sail. That said, PECOTA puts him at .216/.321/.470, which is just higher than Steamer and just lower than Popular Free Agent Chris Carter (though with better defense). I think he gets a shot; the question comes down to how he times his inevitable month-long cold streak. He should probably avoid having it in April if at all possible. (Patrick Dubuque)
2016-12-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any hope for Joey Gallo and his contact/K problems?
(Samantha from Dallas)
I think he'll be Chris Davis. So, no. (Kenny Ducey)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)I have Joey Gallo in a dynasty league. What should I do with him?
(Dan from Raleigh)
Be patient. Dingers await. (Bret Sayre)
2016-12-05 20:00:00 (link to chat)Okay. Drive the stake through my heart and crush my dreams. What type of player does Joey Gallo end up as?
(Robert from Arlington, TX)
Fantasy-wise, he could be a middle of the order monster that produces across three categories and you ignore the batting average. It's 80-grade power. I worry that he stagnated at Triple-A last year after such a great start, and is still striking out so much. It may take him awhile to learn to hit major-league pitching, but if he does, look out. You don't give up on a guy like this. He's still only 23. (George Bissell)
2016-10-06 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you're Texas, what can you realistically get for Joey Gallo? Isn't it best to hold onto him now?
(David from Dallas)
I think they are more likely to deal Profar, and Gallo probably has an easier path to playing time next year anyway. I've been lower on him than some of my colleagues, but I get the appeal, and the lineup is good enough elsewhere to really find out what you have now. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-09-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which MLB prospect would most appreciate Hegelian dialectic and why?
(KlamHeptomaniac from online)
I was really unsure as to this answer until the last question, and now I know it's definitely Joey Gallo. The three true outcomes are far and away the most Hegelian of all baseball's qualities, in which the walk is the thesis, the strikeout is the antithesis, and the home run is the synthesis that resolves the two into utopia. Gallo is clearly a Hegelian, though whether or not that means he can play baseball is another question.

You didn't ask, but the truest Hegelian MLBer ever was Jack Cust. (Trevor Strunk)
2016-08-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo or Joc Pederson for 2017 and beyond? Why?
(Jay from Texas)
Joc has cut his Ks to a perfectly reasonable level given his pop, and can play a solid CF. That gives him two very big legs up over Gallo, who I totally get the appeal of, but would scare the crap out of me as a Fantasy or real-life GM. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-07-05 19:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo, when?
(Laura from Tacoma)
Whenever he forces the front office's hand - either hits his way to the bigs, or gets traded to a team that he'll have a clear positional advantage. (Kate Morrison)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best team you have seen in your scouting life?
(Larry from NC)
I will preface this by saying that I have not been scouting for that long. I have probably been unaware of the talent of other teams while at games.

But I will say 2014 Myrtle Beach Pelicans. I did my summer internship down there and attended far too many games. Here are the major leaguers from that team: Joey Gallo, Cody Ege, Odubel Herrera, Hanser Alberto, Alexander Claudio, Keone Kela, Chi Chi Gonzalez, Andrew Faulkner, Abel De Los Santos.

While these guys are not in the big leagues yet, they will be soon: Nick Williams, Lewis Brinson, Chris Bostick, Jorge Alfaro, Ryan Cordell, Jose LeClerc, Samuel Wolff

And some other interesting guys with value: Preston Beck, Victor Payano, Kellin Deglan, Michael De Leon, Christopher Garia, Chad Bell

Man was that team loaded... (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-20 16:00:00 (link to chat)When does Joey Gallo get called up for good and what do you see his future ceiling as?
(Ronnie from Nebraska)
Well as long as Beltre is at 3B it won't be there. His value is so much lower at 1B that they need an OF spot to open up before he is called up for good. Problem is that Nomar Mazara guy is pretty good and has a lockdown on RF. Shin-Soo Choo and Josh Hamilton are making a lot of money, so there isn't an everyday spot for him yet. (Steve Givarz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me that the Rangers don't trade away Jurickson Profar this summer. Or Joey Gallo.
(Tommy from Texas)
Can't tell you that. If I had to pick one as more likely to be dealt, I would pick Gallo. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a prospect that your colleagues are particularly high on but you are not?
(Todd from Ohio)
Good question. I'm not nearly as high on Joey Gallo as everyone else. Usually it's good to take that as an indication that I'm wrong rather than an indication that everyone else is wrong and I'm right, but something about his profile makes me think he'll never put it all together as a hitter.

Gallo has a huge arm, apparently, so if I'm right and the hitting thing doesn't work out, maybe he could go the Kenley Jansen / Sean Doolittle route and become a premium closer. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-05-16 23:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Giolito, Robert Stephenson, and Joey Gallo for Noah Syndergaard in a dynasty league?
(Justin from Bridgeport)
I reckon I would if you're in the middle of a competitive window, yes. I'd ask for a pick or low prospect or something with Thor, but that's an appropriate price tag. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)What position do you see Joey Gallo settling in at and does he become a 35 home run hitter with strong OBPs?
(Craig from TEXAS)
With Beltre locked up and Fielder in tow, I have to imagine left field or first base. He could hit 35, yes, but I'm skeptical that he keeps the BA high enough to keep the OBP strong. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo has a K-rate of 24.6% vs. last year's 37%. He has a pattern of dramatically improving his K-rate during the 2nd-stint/season at a level. Meanwhile, Mitch Moreland has started off slowly. If Gallo keeps this up and Moreland continues to struggle, will/should TEX bring Gallo up at some point this season? TEX really could use some power in the lineup.
(Kristen from Canada)
Yeah, I don't think it's an "if" question for him getting PT in Texas, it's a "when" question (and a "what'll he do with it?" question). The numbers to date in an obviously small sample are certainly encouraging. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Shouldn't the Rangers and the Red Sox swap Blake Swihart for Joey Gallo? Too obvious?
(Hansel from Computer)
Another question that I'm not necessarily ready for. Look, Swihart's defensive numbers haven't been good since he debuted, but holy hell does having him take reps in left stink of reactivity. He was rushed last year, his fundamentals don't look terrible, and Ryan Hannigan ain't gettin' any younger. I'm way behind tossing Swihart back at AAA to continue developing, but not as a LFer, that's crazy. *End rant* I would not make that deal from the Red Sox side, but I also wouldn't have my potential franchise catcher working on Monster bank shots. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is this new, 24% strikeout Joey Gallo real
(Monkeyepoxy from Texas)
Unfortunately, sounds like we have to wait even longer to find out. Really want to see Gallo get an extended look and stay healthy, but I can't speak with much confidence on how real the changes are until we see him try to implement them in the Majors. Too much you can get away with in AAA. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)% chance Joey Gallo gets traded this year _____
(Tony from Rochester)
20-25%. I suspect Jurickson Profar is going to be everyone's favorite target. Doesn't mean that Gallo doesn't get moved though. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who has more raw power: Stanton or Joey Gallo?
(Dan from New Orleans)
This seems like one of those stock BP chat questions that we always get. It's still Giancarlo Stanton for me, though I could see why Gallo is in the conversation. (Mike Gianella)
2016-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you take in a HR-distance contest: Stanton or Joey Gallo?
(Dan from New Orleans)
I haven't forgotten about Gallo, and do think he can become one of the longest hitters in baseball. But I'd be an idiot not to take Stanton here. (Kenny Ducey)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)I've asked others this, but I'll send the same to you: If you could give a 50 tool to any player or pitcher, which one improvement would cause the greatest leap in OFP for you? (Joey Gallo getting 50 hit is the consensus favorite according to BP staff so far)
(Steve from Philly)
That's a fun question. My mind immediately jumped to Gallo as well. I don't want to be boring, though, and just restate the same thing. Right off the top of my head: why not Ray Black with 50 control?

Well...I guess there still would be effort and health questions. If I were to cheat, I'll say Ray Black with a less violent delivery and 50 control. (Adam McInturff)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of career do you see Joey Gallo having?
(Cory from Ohio)
A good one that frustrates the hell out of people because of all the strikeouts. Dave Kingman is an easy lazy comp but, sure, Dave Kingman. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo or Miguel Sano? Pick one and why, thanks!
(Reid from Texas)
Sano has succeeded already in the Majors, however (probably) unsustainably. Gallo's probably the better athlete and fielder. I like left-handed hitters, so I'll take Gallo in the long run. For 2016 and probably 2017, give me Sano. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matthew. I gave up Addison Russell and Colin McHugh for Joey Gallo. I am telling everyone in my league that Gallo is going to be a star but I am starting to realize Gallo strikes out a lot. Like a REAL lot. Please help me.
(Chewy from Wegmans Cafe)
It's too late for you, you traded Addi. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Joey Gallo not just Telvin Nash at 3B? I don't get why people keep assuming that he's suddenly going to make enough contact to really allow the power to fully play at the big league level.
(Behemoth from Scotland)
Whew boy. Um, no? The thing about Gallo is that he doesn't need the power to fully play at the big-league level. I've long been lower on Gallo than many (preferred Mazara to him as far back as pre-2014, if not further), mostly due to the potential swing-and-miss and how it's ultimately going to let him function as a hitter. Nash has one year of 29 homers and he did in Lancaster though, and I think it's a disingenuous comparison to make. If Gallo can slug .500, he doesn't have to make a ton of contact to be an above-average offensive producer. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who are this years Correa, Seager, and Buxton?
(Jared from Oklahoma)
I'll give you a couple prospects/young guys that step into the spotlight for me. A few established younger guys I think will bounce-back are Javier Baez, Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo...MILB I'll go Nomar Mazara, J.P. Crawford and A.J. Reed as my big-three for hitters. (George Bissell)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the brighter future, Addison Russell or Joey Gallo?
(ColeWhittier from Pasadena, CA)
Speaking of Russell this right here is a fascinating question that comes down to how much you believe in their respective bats and defensive profiles. At their respective ceilings I would value Gallo of Russell ever so slightly, at their most likely outcomes I'd go Russell by a similarly thin margin. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Greg, thanks for taking time to answer questions! I'm in a keep 6 league. My first five guys are Harper, Donaldson, Correa, Cole and Sale. To fill the last spot I'm looking at Rendón, Thor and Sano. Who would you go with? Bonus points if you explain why. (Standard 5x5 scoring)
(unbigote from DC)
Sano for me. How many bonus points and how can I redeem them?

Okay, okay. I do love Thor but you don't need another pitcher with Sale and Cole in the fold. Sano isn't a .295 hitter but he's not Joey Gallo either. He's had a hell of an impressive MLB debut and will be an elite power option for the forseeable future. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Yoan Moncada is the number 1 prospect next season?
(Craig from NJ)
It's going to depend who debuts in September, but right now only prospects not in the Majors I have over Moncada would be Corey Seager, Kyle Schwarber, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara. If you want to make the case for Giolito or Urias, I can see that too...That entire Greenville Drive infield is just a plethora of awesomeness right now. (George Bissell)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)How similar are Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant over the next handful years?
(kylanje from FL)
Similar in terms of production or style? Because Bryant will probably strike out less often and stick at third base for longer (if only due to his team's complexion). Both are going to slug though. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)Texas can't demote Joey Gallo if he keeps this up, right?
(Alex from Anaheim)
I can't imagine they will. Delino DeShields just hit the DL and I imagine the Rangers will use that to sneak Gallo into the OF once Beltre returns. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-06-15 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who've you seen that has impressed you most this year (MiLB)? Greatest disappointment so far?
(Anne-Marie from Vancouver, WA)
Joey Gallo; I've never seen a player topspin a line drive as far he did this year in spring training. On the pitching side, I'll go with Gray. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-06-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect the Rangers to do with Joey Gallo when Beltre returns?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Probably send him to Frisco or Triple-A, but if he hits and the Rangers are still in the playoff push (note: the American League is terrible), maybe they find a way to get him at-bats in LF and 1B. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)With contact rates worse than Junior Lake and Matt Cain, how can we expect Joey Gallo to succeed here? Is it just one of those things where stats don't tell the whole story or what?
(Albert from NYC)
We can project him to succeed because of the extreme, 80 power and the adjustments he's made throughout his career when it comes to his pitch recognition. This is not a player that will ever compete for a batting title and he's going to strike out a fair amount but he has the secondary skills to succeed at the major league level. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)How would you rank Joey Gallo, Bryce Harper and Giancarlo Stanton in terms of raw power? Does your ranking change if it is in-game power?
(Frank Underwood from White House)
This is extremely fun. In terms of raw it might be Stanton Harper Gallo with Harper and Gallo fighting it out for the #2 spot. If it's in game the grade doesn't change but the gap between the players grows for all three. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)BREAKING: Joey Gallo is using Pony as his walk up song. On a far less important note, is Gilbert Lara going to make it past low-A this season? What are your expectations for him and his schedule for the next couple of seasons?
(Max from Hartford)
I know the Brewers are aggressive but I don't think Lara climbs past Low-A this year.

The Gallo news is the most important tidbit of the draft and it moves him up in my personal MLB rankings 20 spots. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Over or under 10 home runs for Joey Gallo in the majors this year?
(Frank Underwood from White House)
I'll go under and be really happy if/when I'm wrong. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo's been a beast at AA since returning from end of spring training foot surgery. Small sample size or not, what do the Rangers do with him the rest of 2015?
(Paul from DC)
I think they let him play at Double-A. There really isn't any reason to rush him. We know the power is going to play, but the defense and hit tool can surely continue development in the minors; especially if he is now being positioned in LF. Maybe you see him later on in the year. (Tucker Blair)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Did you get a look at Joey Gallo and/or Jorge Alfaro? Any thoughts?
(Or Moyal from Dallas)
Gallo is an absolute animal. The strides he's made in the last 18 months are extremely impressive. He's got a plan at the plate, and if you make a mistake, it's going to hit someone in another county. His contact to damage ratio may be unparalleled to anyone in the game right now.

Alfaro is still very aggressive at the plate, but again, people are starting to get prospect fatigue with him. Parks has been talking about him since he came out of the womb it seems like, but it's easy to forget that he's old enough to have been a draft-eligible junior last year. The tools are off the charts, and although the ceiling is somewhat lowered, he still could be a 6 behind the plate. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Do you think Joey Gallo becomes a Top 75 player in OBP leagues?
(OBPplusSLG from The Union )
Ever? Yes. The thing about Gallo is he's likely to be a top-40 guy in that format or not be even close. Huge boom/bust. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-15 18:00:00 (link to chat)Would you take Joey Gallo over Miguel Sano, at this point? I have a tough time slotting one over the other.
(david from augusta)
I don't think you're alone in struggling with this question. With health and some demonstrated ability at Double-A, I would be inclined to hedge toward Gallo at this point. The power in both players' game blows my mind. (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Chris Davis the best case scenario for Joey Gallo? Can Gallo make enough contact at higher levels for his power to play? Maybe a better question is can Gallo attain 2012 Chris Davis levels or merely 2014 Chris Davis?
(OBPplusSLG from Cincinnati)
I've had a chance to see Gallo over the last couple of seasons and have felt that his hit tool gets a bit underrated. This isn't a player who is going to hit .300 in my opinion, but he shows more when it comes to adjusting to the path of the ball and keeping his hands inside of offerings. The thing is that the extension and leverage are so huge that there are inevitably going to be holes in certain spots. On the plus side, he was much more relaxed and had more of a plan at the plate this past season than the one before. That first year in A-Ball, it seemed like he was swinging for the sake of swinging and felt like he could hit everything regardless of where it was.

As for your direct question (as opposed to my ramblings), I'm optimistic that Gallo can attain something along those 2012 levels you referenced, with a bit better on-base ability. I do see that he can have up-and-down seasons, where the average can fluctuate, but better overall than the referenced 2014 Chris Davis. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-02-18 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does Joey Gallo develop enough in his hit tool to ever hit .240 in the MLB? Will be break the K record in one season during his career or does that future title belong to Javier Baez?
(Nick from LA)
If he does, he's a star, and I'm encouraged by his rapid progress since he was drafted. There will always be a lot of swing and miss, but the progress he's made with fastballs suggests that a .240 average is realistic, especially in that yard. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Are you still down on Joey Gallo?
(Me from Here)
I was never truly "down" on Joey Gallo. I simply believe in a healthy tempering of expectations. Gallo's work ethic and the improvements he displayed last year made me more optimistic about his future, and I think now he's got a better chance of getting close to his ceiling than previously. That power is legit, unless you're MLB Network. (Kate Morrison)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Compare Joey Gallo's raw power to an instrument.
(Kaz from Tokyo)
French Horn.

...oh, you wanted an explanation. Well, french horns are louder than you think and can be elegantly violent. (Kate Morrison)
2015-02-12 19:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo hits dingers, and dingers are good. Do you agree?
(dantroy from davis)
Dingers are great. Dingers are fantastic. Dingers make the dinger machine go off*.

*Only applicable in Miami. (Kate Morrison)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Miguel Sano or Joey Gallo?
(Eric from Chicago)
I still lean Sano but it's a LOT closer than it was a year ago. Gallo has tremendous upside and the adjustments he made this year are very encouraging. Wouldn't be surprised if Gallo surpasses Sano this year. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper OBP league, how would you rank Addison Russell, Joey Gallo, and Jorge Soler?
(Dennis from LA)
Russell Gallo and then Soler with Gallo gaining quickly. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Mau, thanks for the chat. Who do you prefer in a keeper league that uses OBP instead of BA (with R, HR, RBI, SB being the other cats), Jorge Soler or Addison Russell? What can we expect from these guys at their peak? Finally, do you like Soler and Russell over Joey Gallo and Miguel Sano?
(Dennis from LA)
1. Russell
2. Russell: .280~ with potential for 20 HR, Soler .270~ with potential for 30 HR
3. I prefer Gallo and Sano here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)All "risk" associated with Javier Baez's profile seems to be fully evident now after a taste of the big leagues. Should we temper our expectations in a similar way for Joey Gallo, or are there tools in his profile that make him less risky than Baez?
(Mark from Texas)
Probably temper expectations, but I think at the very least its understood there's going to be a lot of swing-and-miss in his game that can lead to extended valleys to go with peaks when he's locked in. (Top 101 Chat)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo... How much does the power play in the bigs given the limitations of the swing?
(Sara from Tacoma)
At this point I still haven't written Gallo off in terms of making additional adjustments and refining the contact ability further. Don't get me wrong, I don't think he's going to suddenly turn into someone that hits for a high average and minimizes the swing and miss, but I do think he can still make strides that will allow the power to play to an even greater extent. Even without additional development in the swing, I still think his power can play to 30+ bombs a year. (Mark Anderson)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose one for the future, who would it be: Joey Gallo or Miguel Sano? And why?
(Steve from San Diego)
This is a very tough question and one I've talked to many industry types about over the last couple of years. Given where Sano left off prior to his surgery, I'm inclined to lean toward Gallo. Sano is an incredible player but he doesn't have the approach that Gallo has displayed at some points in his young career, and I think that will ultimately be the difference between the two players. I do expect both to impact sluggers with modest batting averages, plenty of over the fence power, and I think Gallo could add some OBP in there as well. (Mark Anderson)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo's value is going to likely explode this off-season as he went from a top 100 prospect to a top 20 prospect. If we expect him to become a .230/40 guy (which I consider a reasonable ceiling given the scouting report), what would you offer him for heads-up?
(Jax from Redwood)
Bret updated his Top 500 in June. Gallo moved up substantially but if you want to bump him a bit higher and then take a look at the players surrounding him I think that's your best move. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Past Ben, want to guess what the top five names on the MLB home run leaderboard in 2018 look like? Also, congrats on the upcoming five-year anniversary of TINO. The show got much better in year three after Craig was replaced with Hank the Dog.
(Ben Carsley from The Future)
Giancarlo Stanton. Joey Gallo. Kris Bryant. Miguel Cabrera. Raul Ibanez. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)OK, NOW is it time to worry about Joey Gallo?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I'm probably the wrong person to ask because I have never been as high on him as most of the BP fantasy team has been. I love the power obviously, but you have to be able to make a certain amount of contact to succeed in the majors, even in today's high strikeout environment. I get it: he's a 20-year-old hitting monster home runs in Double-A and there is still a lot of time for him to improve. But he's still going to have to cut down on those whiffs, and that's a project, not something that will happen overnight. The guy he reminds me of is Russ Branyan: a 90s prospect who had monster power and just couldn't get past the strikeouts in the majors. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jake Arrieta a top 20 pitcher going into 2015? Who would you rather have in a Dynasty League, Oscar Tavares or Joey Gallo?
(Kyle from Florida)
Maybe not top 20 in a mixed but he's close. I think the improvements are legit and we are looking at a 1b or a 2a in fantasy. If someone puts him in their top 20 I won't be shocked. I definitely want the all around player in Taveras. I see a superstar in the making with him and a $20-25 player if I'm wrong. With Gallo I see a one-trick pony who is going to hurt the average or - at best - be BA neutral. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)You can watch either Joey Gallo, Wily Mo Pena, or Carlos Peguero take BP before a game. Which one do you choose?
(Greg from Lexington)
These are the kinds of personal questions that we do not feel comfortable answering during this chat.

(Carlos Peguero). (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-08-06 16:30:00 (link to chat)You can watch either Joey Gallo, Wily Mo Pena, or Carlos Peguero take BP before a game. Which one do you choose?
(Greg from Lexington)
These are the kinds of personal questions that we do not feel comfortable answering during this chat.

(Carlos Peguero). (Cespedes Family BBQ)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some good up and coming prospects that might blossom into fantasy superstars?
(xVitality from Toronto, Canada)
Tyler Glasnow is going to strike out the world.
Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant are going to hit home runs.

I am bad at fantasy, but I am pretty sure this is how it works. (Tucker Blair)
2014-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)With all of the hype around Joey Gallo, what is your opinion of him? Are we looking at a superstar?
(The Dude from Beach)
Gallo mashes baseballs, and he think that he has legitimate superstar potential. The key to his development will be pitch recognition and reaction to advanced secondaries as he climbs the ladder. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Justin Upton, Lance Lynn, and Derek Holland a reasonable price for Chris Sale, Joey Gallo, Kenley Jansen, and a top 5-10 prospect pick (assume 2014 draftees)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I value Sale over Upton by enough to want more in this deal if I'm the Sale side. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)You said you were at the Futures game. Please come up with an adult film title that appropriately describes Joey Gallo's batting practice.
(Steve from Philly)
The opposite of "failure to launch" (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Beltre signed through '15 (option in '16) what does the Joey Gallo timeline look like? Do the Rangers move him to 1B next year with Prince going to DH or put him in a COF spot?
(ryan from colorado)
Well, the Rangers did just begin giving Gallo time at first base in Double-A, so we may be looking at the first hint that his timetable has accelerated enough that they are looking at other options. With the questions surrounding Prince Fielder going forward, it may be easiest to slide him into first base in the short term. I wouldn't rule out his arrival around mid-season next year. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)How hard is it for a batter to tone down his swing to sacrifice power for contact? Specifically thinking of a guy like Hunter Renfroe, who can hit the ball a mile but might do better trying to hit it a half-mile.
(Jeff from Bay Area)
Very hard. You have to work within the hitter and their approach to find a happy place. I love Renfroe. He loves to hit and trys to show it off all the time. Renfroe handles velocity very well. Saw plenty of him last summer.

Look at Joey Gallo. His adjustment history is awesome. Renfroe just needs to find a similar plan. (Ryan Parker)
2014-07-03 19:00:00 (link to chat)Besides Joey Gallo, who has made the biggest leap forward.
(scott from az)
Raimel Tapia, Tim Anderson and Arismendy Alcantara who is becoming the star of this chat. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)JOEY GALLO's BP! JOEY GALLO's BP!JOEY GALLO's BP!JOEY GALLO's BP!
(The Dude from Office)
Nevermind. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)If everything goes right for Joey Gallo in the majors, are we looking at something like the 2013 Chris Davis season?
(nottes from work)
I can't believe I'm saying this, but yeah, that might be within range. Not his prime or average, but as a peak year, yeah, it's a possibility. He's not going to hit near .300 very often like Davis did last year, but with BABIP randomness, I'll bet he gets up in the .280's a few times. If it comes in a year where it clicks, he's healthy, etc., then yeah. If there's anybody we can put a possible 50-homer tag on (and that's not really fair to do), then it would be him, plus the strikeouts, walks, etc. I see where you're going with this. I'm not comfortable doing it because it's such an extreme season, but it's not the most ridiculous thing I've heard. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In general, do you think scouts and prospect writers are too willing or not willing enough to give top tier tool grades to prospects? I think I heard that yesterday Jonathan Mayo graded Joey Gallo's power as 75, which seems absurd. If you don't give out 80's, then the scale doesn't exist. But at the same time, I see many writers (not at BP), that just label everything as "plus" and it makes me question of they even know what it means.
(The Dude from Office)
If Gallo doesn't have 80 raw power then no one does. That's about the easiest tool to grade in all of baseball, and it's not a 75. Now I don't know where they got that for the broadcast so I'm not calling anyone out, but it's just flat out incorrect.

I think handing out 80's is a fine line. I know some affiliated scouts within the game are extremely hesitant to do so. They will hedge with a 7 or a 75 just to play it conservatively. Conversely, 80's are handed out scarcely for a reason and there are some that do it far to liberally. It's fine line. But there's no doubting Gallo's raw power. It's an 80, and only because the scale doesn't go any higher. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has Joey Gallo surpassed Miguel Sano at this point?
(dantroy from davis)
For me he has, though it's close because Sano has done it at a higher level (though Gallo is now doing it at that level - Double-A). The tie breaker has to be Gallo's ability to stay at third base. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updated scouting report about Joey Gallo's AA games? It seems that he strikes out a lot again and recently and the timing seems a lot off. Any concern there from the scouts?
(ylin42 from Chicago, IL)
No, the breaking balls get a lot tougher in Double-A. That's the biggest difference between the levels - the off-speed stuff. That's going to lead to swings and misses until Gallo adjusts and learns to lay off of it. Plus, he's still slugging .660, so I think it'll be ok. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Jordan! Before the year started, the BPro prospect list had Joey Gallo 95th and Mookie Betts unranked, but the Oliver Projection System had them both in the top 15. Similar story with Jesse Winker too. Should we just be scouting the stat lines, at least for position players?
(Harry from Decatur)
No. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the prospect that's moved the most since beginning of the year and why is is Joey Gallo?
(Will from Dallas)
Joey Gallo is certainly the prospect who has made it move the most half way through the season. I'll give you that. He's actualizing his enormous raw power in the form of in game power, and that's hugely important. The approach has taken a step forward, and he's simplified his swing. I'm not sold that he'll stick in the infield, but even in RF, he's got a monster profile. However, he's going to have to make adjustments, and may have some trouble with arm side pitching at the highest level.

I also dislike the comparisons to Adam Dunn. I get the ultimate upside is that level, but let's not forget, Adam Dunn has a chance to hit 500+ home runs in his career; and I'd bet against Gallo ever reaching that many bombs, even with his improvement. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who has the better projection, Hunter Renfroe or Joey Gallo? They are the same type of player, right?
(Silverback38 from VA)
They aren't the same type of player. Renfroe doesn't have the elite raw power Gallo does, but it is plus to plus-plus. Gallo definitely has the higher ceiling as a result. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What?! No Joey Gallo question yet? Is Gallo anything more or less than Adam Dunn 2.0? Thanks for the chat!
(Goldeye99 from Wpg)
I think there is the chance for more, but even if that's "all" he is, that'd be fantastic. Remember, Dunn used to be a premier fantasy asset (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jeff: thanks for your frequent updates on prospects. When 2014 is over, what players do you anticipate will have made the biggest jump up the ranks of prospects?
(howling wolf from Bethesda MD)
Joey Gallo has to be among the leaders in the clubhouse for that honor. He was near the bottom of our Top 101 before the season because of the questions about his ability to make contact against better pitching. He's answered them with a vengeance. Any time a prospect makes great improvement at his biggest weakness, it's significant.

Other candidates include Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Hunter Dozier. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)So everybody is making a big deal about Joey Gallo and his improved BB rate and reduced K's. What about Lewis Brinson? He is doing the same thing! Is he still a ML for Texas?
(Jake from NYC)
Yes, Brinson has taken strides too, but Gallo features true 80-power, which is certainly reason for excitement, and his K:BB ratio is 1.34 while Brinson's is still 2.62. Brinson is a great prospect, but the excitement surrounding what Gallo is doing is completely justified. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)Has Joey Gallo performed the best he possibly can to increase his prospects to the highest they can be..or is there an ounce of increased prospectus left?
(Silverback38 from VA)
Gallo can keep doing this at higher levels to raise his prospect status. But he's a no-doubt Top 50 guy for me now, and I've always been high on him. No one's going to care if he racks up 200 strikeouts if he also hits 35 bombs and reaches base at a .350 clip. (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-27 11:30:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo or Corey Seager?
(Eddie from LA)
Reluctantly, Seager. While Gallo's ceiling is certainly higher, and he's looking awesome this year, I want to see what happens against higher level pitching. None of Gallo's warts have been exposed quite yet, and I want to see how he does, particularly against arm side spin. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Which Die Hard scene is most like watching a Joey Gallo plate appearance in person?
(heterodude from Philadelphia)
Clay, Bill Clay. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo is becoming ever more wet. Three BBs yesterday. He always seemed to have good plate discipline, but it appears to have taken a leap forward this year. How much of that is due to pitchers deciding they don't want to throw him anything in the zone, and if it continues do the Rangers leave him in High-A all year to help consolidate his ability to lay off stuff outside the zone, or does he get bumped to AA at some point where he'll be forced to make adjustments?
(Andrew from Waco)
HIs approach has improved, meaning he isn't trying to yank everything out of the park and will use more of an all fields approach. Walks are great--I get it--but its far too common to overvalue walks at the minor league level. Most A ball pitchers can't locate numerous offerings, so if you were so inclined, you could probably keep the bat on your shoulders and walk once a game. What does that prove? Gallo is certainly a guy you don't want to make a mistake to, and I know some pitchers will avoid challenging him, But it needs to be remembered that most of these pitchers lack the command or the arsenal to be THAT careful to big hitters, so its not all that special to see a guy like Gallo drawing walks. At that level, I care way more about what the bat is actually doing than just looking at the walk totals. More to approach than just taking a walk. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Joey Gallo the best prospect in the minors right now?
(James from Texas)
No he isn't. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm positive you've received no questions regarding Baez thus far. Bump in the road or legitimate concern? Also, when are Polanco and Taveras coming up?
(maxpowers from chicago)
Who is this Baez fella of whom you speak? I don't know this gentleman.

I've got a queue about half-full of questions about Baez, so let's just handle this once and for all. Baez is incredibly talented and has as much raw power as anyone in the minors not named Joey Gallo. He is also a free swinger with a cocky attitude (I saw that as a positive, actually) who thinks he can hit every pitch for a home run. It's getting him in trouble in Triple-A, where he's facing much older pitchers, many of whom have been in the big leagues before, who are attacking him with less pure stuff than he's seen in the lower minors but a much better plan. Essentially, no one in the Pacific Coast League has any incentive to throw him a strike because they've all seen what happens when they do.

The result has been ugly, but he also had an injury bout in the middle. He got going, then got hurt, and has to restart again. The strike out numbers are pretty extreme, so theres some minor concern, but this isn't news to anyone who has seen him. He's a free swinger, so he's going to have bad stretches from time to time. We see the same with Yasiel Puig. It's ugly for a while, then he'll do something that makes us all go wow. It just looks terrible at the start of the season.

On the Concern-O-Meter with Baez, I'm at about a 2. It's time to make an adjustment, but the season is still young and the talent is still the same. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Favorite Tool in the minors and who has it?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Now that Billy Hamilton's speed is in the majors, it has to be Joey Gallo's power. It may be the most extreme tool in the minor leagues. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who moves up the most in your next set of prospect rankings?
(Eddie from Albany)
Mr. Parks has a lot more say in those than I do, but I would have to imagine that with what he's showing us this season, Joey Gallo is going to jump up pretty high from the 95 spot where we had him this off-season. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not a pitching mechanics question: Has Joey Gallo figured it and become a decent enough hitter that his power and prospect status has improved?
(Silverback38 from VA)
I will defer to the awesome BP Prospect crew when it comes to Gallo: (Doug Thorburn)
2014-04-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of long swingJoey Gallo. He has tons of power but his swing is supposedly long. Has he truly modified his approach for the long term. How does this change his prospect status?
(Victor from Dumfries)
That's a better question for the prospect team. Obviously making more contact tends to be a good thing, though. Especially for those guys who serve as windmills in the lower minors. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, how valuable is Joey Gallo right now?
(John from Cincinnati)
It's got to be sky-high right now. Obviously being in a dynasty league means you're with savvy owners so they'll be aware and his 90-grade power on the 20-80 scale is just so sexy. Honestly, his stock may never be higher. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Joey Gallo's great start at High A? The Ks are still there in bunches but not to the extreme as last season, and his Walk Rate is looking very promising
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
SSS. I like Gallo more than most, but I would continue to like him even if the start to his season was terrific. Walking more is a good thing, yes, but he's also a big boy bat in that lineup and could be getting pitched around to a certain extent. That's why scouting stats is so dangerous. (Ben Carsley)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Obligatory Joey Gallo question: streaky player being hot as hell, or a good prospect making the adjustments he needed to make? Or shit, maybe both?
(Monkeyepoxy from Amarillo)
Good question and this is what I mean by changing a prospect's status after three weeks. Gallo could be making some adjustments, or he could just be red-hot. Hopefully it's both. When he's on, he can do ridiculous damage because of his power. He's always going to strike out, but he is doing it at a lesser rate than last year. He's also walking more. He also has a BABIP of .375 this year. Take it all with a grain of salt and tempered excitement. And more My Cousin Vinny jokes! (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Cheslor Cuthbert seems to struggle mightily after every promotion. 1) Is this common for players that are young for the level; and 2) Where do you see his overall prospect status as a 21-year old now holding his own in AA? Does he have projectible power?
(Bill from Bozeman)
Yes, it is something that happens more often with younger players for all the reasons you'd expect. You have to give him credit for going back and handling Wilmington, an extremely difficult place to hit, especially for power as a right-handed hitter and anyone not named Joey Gallo. Cuthbert has more power than he's shown in games thus far, but it's more doubles power than home run power. Credit the Royals for refusing to promote him until he has mastered a level. That's one of my biggest pet peeves. (Jeff Moore)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has the recent success of Joey Gallo made you believe he is making progress with his pitch recognition or just a SSS.Thanks for the chat.
(Peter from Toronto)
Gallo is absolutely making progress. How much will be revealed in time, and more importantly, when he faces Double-A pitching for the first time. I think he knows the strike zone well enough, he just has to improve his approach to his at-bats to maximize his other tools. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a shallow minor league system would you rather own Jorge Alfaro or Joey Gallo?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
Wow, that's tough. You can make a case for the impact player at a premium defensive position, or you can make an equal case for the massive raw of Gallo. If it's a shallow system, give me the guy that can defend at a premium position and has the potential to be really good offensively as well. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you could give 1 tool to a prospect that could turn him into an absolute monster, what's the tool and who's the prospect?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Hit tool to Joey Gallo. I don't think people realize how extreme this guy's raw power is. Its not a product of his home park. Its not a product of the pitching he is facing. This is Stanton-like raw power. A better hit tool and it plays with more consistency and then you have a 40+ home run player. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Made a bit of a blockbuster in a 10-team dynasty league. Traded Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, David Robertson, Glen Perkins, Zach Greinke, plus prospects (farm roster) Joey Gallo and Eddie Butler. Got back Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Homer Bailey, and prospects Xander Bogaerts and Billy Hamilton. I like the trade for me as I can play Xander and Billy right away, but I have my concerns over Harper breaking out. What do you think?
(Sara from Tacoma)
Hi Sara:

Wow, that is a blockbuster! In a league that size, I like that trade for you in the here and now. You got four potential impact players and a strong pitcher in Bailey for two potential impact guys in Harper and Werth with two closers and Greinke. A lot depends on what happens with Gallo and Butler, but if you're playing for this year (and flags fly forever, as we like to say around here) you did well. (Mike Gianella)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is BPs thoughts on prospects of Joey Gallo and Josh Bell? Bright future or just every day players?
(Silverback from Va)
I would consider a future as an everyday player bright. I'll defer to Jason Parks' recent reports on those guys, as he said Gallo had the OFP of an all-star player, while Bell checked in as a first-division talent. Both of those projections paint the players as better than your typical everyday player. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Headed to Rangers camp late March. Which of the Hickory bombers do you see taking off this year and who should I keep my eye on that may not be on the radar?
(Chris from TX)
Joey Gallo is one or two adjustments away from becoming a stupidly good player. The strike outs are a concern, but the power is ridiculous. Few people can do what he can do to a baseball. If he reigns that in slightly, he's gonna take off. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's pretend both Joey Gallo and Lewis Brinson cut down on their strikeouts and figured out how to hit around .285. Who would you rather have? The power guy with a potential for 40+ HR, or the power/speed combo with plus defense in center?
(tonynelson19 from MN)
If Gallo was just a power guy, then it would be Brinson, but Gallo is a good third baseman. That's got some real value too. Brinson is a true center fielder, so that has more value than a good third baseman, but there's a much bigger chance of Gallo figuring it out than Brinson. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo - legit or just another kid who will get eaten alive by advanced pitchers who can throw strikes with breaking and offspeed pitches?
(Tythelip from Spectre Headquarters)
Both, actually. He's going to strike out in graphic clumps, but he has 80 raw power and will run into bombs despite the swing and miss. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)If Joey Gallo hit .200, but had 40 bombs and 85 rbi, wouldn't any team in MLB take that?
(Josh from Forney)
Most likely. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thought experiment - you can choose one tool from any player in the minors to construct the perfect player. Who do you choose? Me: Power - Gallo, Hit - Almora, Run - Quinn, Field - Lindor, Arm - Soler.
(JoJo from SD)
Power - Joey Gallo
Hit - Oscar Taveras
Run - Billy Hamilton (he's still a prospect, after all)
Arm - Lots of guys with huge arms...Alfaro, Betancourt, Gallo (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of swing and miss too much to overcome, does Joey Gallo stand a chance to figure it out? That power is tantalizing. I've seen that Russ Branyan-type is his best case scenario.
(JoJo from SD)
Gallo is going to be such a fun prospect to watch develop, and he's going to be a blast to debate over the next couple of years. If you talk to guys like Parks and Mellen that have seen him plenty, there's more feel for hitting there than his strikeout numbers show. If he can get it into his head that he doesn't have to come out of his shoes and sell-out for power to show off 30+ homer potential, then he's got a chance to really take a developmental step forward. (Mark Anderson)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo: is this a situation where he could, in theory, shorten his swing a bit to make more contact but still retain most of his silly power? How optimistic are you that he turns into a major league regular? Love the chats, always. Thanks.
(JR from Brooklyn)
In theory, yes he could. Would it affect his power? Yes, I believe it would. Gallo has an extreme torque heavy swing, one where he pinches in his hips and coils before unleashing hell onto the baseball. The problem is that once he launches that sword, he struggles to maneuver the barrel if the pitch location isn't where he guessed. It can be very all-or-nothing in that regard. If you put the ball in his spot, he is going to hit it out. But that plane is very exaggerated and he doesn't stay in the zone very long, so if you offer movement and avoid his fun zone, you can't beat him. Better arms are going to exploit him in a very major way. (Jason Parks)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo - thoughts on his 2013 season and does his outlook appear better or worse going forward?
(Justin from Chicago, IL)
About the same I think. I saw that Hickory club often in spring training but just one game during the regular season (July), and both Gallo and Alfaro were injured at that time. The reports I got on Gallo's defense at third base were a little better, though there are obviously still questions about him sticking there long term. He did about what you'd expect offensively. Overall I think it's just about the same going into next season, which isn't bad. (Jason Cole)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who awee the three best three true outcome prospects in the minors this past season?
(Paul from DC)
Coming up with three would take more research than I have time for right now, but I think #1 on that team has to be Joey Gallo. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who's your favorite bat in the big swinging (and oft missing) Hickory lineup?
(Gary from Long Beach)
I loved watching the Hickory team. I really liked Nomar Mazara at the plate. Joey Gallo hit a homerun that made an impession on my mind, and I really still believe in Lewis Brinson. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Joey Gallo has: a hole in his swing? a niche waiting in Cooperstown? something boring in between?
(CyMature from Western Mass)
He has more swing and miss than you want to see, despite owning 80 raw power. I really worry that he won't make enough contact to let the power out. He has a pocket in the zone where he can absolutely demolish a ball, but the torque heavy swing doesn't afford him much bat control, so when he is forced to adjust his plane or keep his hands back on secondary stuff, he is unable to execute. (Jason Parks)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Joey Gallo end up being like Frank Thomas?
(Ted from Texas)
No. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Have you heard anything about Joey Gallo's defense at third base this year? Is a move to RF or 1B (or DH) a foregone conclusion?
(Jonathan from New York)
I haven't heard a ton about his defense this year, but that's largely because the focus of any conversation involving Gallo tends to get stuck on his raw power and light-tower shots. The little bit I have heard has been mediocre at best. Personally, I don't think he stick at third base long term. (Mark Anderson)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Parks, who are some of your favourite non-top 101 potential risers? (Guys who weren't on the 101 but very well could be, and maybe highly rated, by midseason)
(froston from Peterborough, ON)
Miguel Almonte, Alberto Tirado, Matt Wisler, Andrew Heaney, Rafael DePaula, Joey Gallo, Owens, Snell, Seager (Jason Parks)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)Are Miguel Sano and Joey Gallo both Adam Dunn types- or will one actually be able to hit for a solid average?
(Shawnykid23 from Newington)
Gallo is an Adam Dunn type; Sano might be able to hit for more average down the line. (Jason Parks)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In an AL-only Dynasty league and I have the 6th and 8th picks, respectively. The 1st round usually consists of new-to-AL players who were in the NL previously and draft picks who CBS didn't add until the offseason. What value do you see me getting out of the 6th pick and should I go for MLB-calibur players in the 1st or a top draftee like Joey Gallo?(Zunino and a few others have already been claimed)
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Go with the MLB guys. Joey Gallo could go in so many different directions at this point. Blowing a 1st round pick on Gallo seems like buying a lottery ticket to me. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, I did a cross study on your list, BA's and's and there was one thing in common to all three lists that really surprised me. No Joey Gallo on any of the lists! I know there are still contact worries but he hit for unprecedented power as a pro, just as he ALWAYS has before. Oh, he he throws 100 off the mound, too. Surely there's room on someone's top 100 for a guy with 80 power and an 80 arm and who performs. Thanks!
(davidrawnsley from Omaha)
Legit power; arm is very strong but it doesn't play as an 80; big questions about his contact ability and his glove. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)How big of a success would it be if Joey Gallo turns into Chris Davis? Only problem is, numbers make it look like Gallo's bat has a long way to go to get to Chris Davis. I think fans(rangers especially) forget how good Chris Davis was in the minors. It also shows how hard that jump to the majors is, especially mentally.
(Tex2044 from Kuwait)
If Gallo becomes Chris Davis, its a major scouting and player development success story. I think people often forget the value of even reaching and contributing at the highest level. It's a huge win. (Jason Parks)
2012-12-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Joey Gallo the next Mike Stanton?
(Lewis from Houston)
We are a long way from that, but his power is undeniably awesome. (Paul Sporer)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the best power prospect in the minors right now? Are there any guys that you could see having 80 power in the majors?
(JayT from San Francisco)
Guys like Miguel Sano, Joey Gallo, and Javier Baez have huge power potential (Jason Parks)
2012-09-24 14:30:00 (link to chat)I am a fan of Joey Gallo. How much will position and contact issues affect his prospect status? Gotta love his power though. Thanks! Good luck at BP.
(rookie319s from Saint Louis)
I've never seen Gallo play, but I'd temper my expectations a bit. He's just so far away, and that contact issue is a big deal. The position probably isn't as important with a guy with his kind of power, except that his margin for error is pretty slim. But he's a lot like Miguel Sano, in that he's got so much power that if the offense comes together, there'll be a job (and probably a spot on several All-Star rosters) for him no matter where he ends up playing. (Bill Parker)
2012-08-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are scouts giving Joey Gallo an 80 power grade? Rangers fans sure keep telling me this, but I haven't seen it.
(Chris from KC)
He had some 80 raw scores coming into the draft. That said, we'll see if he can fully tap into it. Still a lot of swing and miss in his game. (Kevin Goldstein)

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