21-Year-Old First Baseman – Texas Rangers
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Of the 7.1 billion people walking this planet, Giancarlo Stanton may be the only one who can match Gallo’s raw power. He is the prototypical left-handed power bat. Gallo’s body mass is ideally proport...
Gallo has received an invite from the Rangers to participate in their major league spring training, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Texas Rangers Roster
MajorsAlberto, Hanser (SS)
AAAAtkins, Mitch (P)
AAAsher, Alec (P)
A+Brinson, Lewis (OF)
AAkins, Jordan (OF)
RookieBeras, Jairo (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Gallo's name was all over the prospect radar after his short-season debut in 2012, following his selection in the first round of the draft that June, but the shine has faded a bit after the 2013 campaign. Yes, the power is very much legit (40 homers), but there's considerable debate as to whether the approach at the plate (172 strikeouts against Low-A pitching) will work against advanced pitching. He could end up like Russell Branyan or Adam Dunn, and anywhere in between. Believed to be previously untouchable in trade talks, rumors persist that he's a player Texas is willing to dangle to acquire a known major league talent.
Gallo was a sandwich pick in the June draft, with scouts in agreement that he possessed the best raw power of any hitter in the draft class. Gallo assaulted rookie league pitching in his pro debut, swatting 18 homers and drawing 37 walks in 150 at-bats and resulting in a .293/.435/.733 slash that also included six steals in as many attempts. He struggled a bit in a brief appearance for Low-A Spokane, but he had one of the more promising debuts of the June draftees and should be all over the radar for those in keeper leagues.