Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo was one of a few players that showed that the future of MLB baseball is indeed bright. Gallo was the All Star Futures game MVP on Sunday for hitting a two run blast. And I do mean blast.
The 20 year old Gallo was a first round pick by the Rangers out of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
Gallo is tied for the minor league lead with Kris Bryant at 31 home runs. While neither will likely break Joe Bauman’s minor league record of 72 homers in a season, this kind of power is still worth taking note of.
The fans who showed up early for the Futures game were treated to a power display by Gallo. He even broke the window of a truck on display in right field. See the red truck in the video above? That’s the one!
He is hitting a combined .303 with 31 homers and 73 RBI between High A Myrtle Beach and AA Frisco. Does that mean the 20 year old is ready for the major leagues?
The Rangers don’t think so. And really, they have no reason to rush him. So they likely won’t.
No matter what the young masher accomplishes over the rest of the season, a September call-up still seems unlikely. That is, unless the Rangers decide to promote Gallo to AAA Round Rock on the heels of his MVP performance.
If he spends a few weeks with the Express and is still clobbering the ball, the Rangers may not have a choice. Still, that’s a pretty big if.
That said, the Rangers will likely be out of contention by September 1st if they keep going at the rate they are now. If they are, it would benefit them to give Gallo a few weeks in The Show.
Whether they will do it or not is an entirely different conversation.
ETA: Opening Day 2015