Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Texas Rangers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The lazy comp would be to call Gallo a modern-day Adam Dunn. However, Dunn was not hitting in the low .200s until the final seasons of his career while it is all Gallo has known in nearly 1,300 plate appearances at the big-league level. Gallo is athletic for his size and is definitely filling the rest of his three-true-outcome shoes. Gallo has hit 40-plus homers and generated at least 165 runs-plus-RBI in consecutive seasons, but he has really hurt in batting-average leagues with a batting average 45 points below the league average. He walks enough (13.4 career BB%) to be more valuable in OBP leagues, although his .317 career OBP is still a below-average mark. We roster him because the power is prodigious and it is 35 homers and 150 runs of production in the bank. There will likely be the occasional year where lucks his way to a .225 average, but bank on something closer to .200 when formulating a plan to offset his one big negative. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rangers in 2012 that includes a $2.25 million signing bonus.
Collects five RBI
1BTexas Rangers
April 21, 2019
Gallo went 2-for-3 with a triple and five RBI in Sunday's 11-10 win over Houston.
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Gallo broke one of baseball's weirdest streaks Sunday. For the first time in his 364 career games, the lefty slugger drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He has three straight multi-hit games and five in the last six contests. Gallo owns a .281 average and 22 RBI in 67 at-bats.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+24%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .835 315 46 24 50 0 .217 .311 .523
Since 2017vs Right .860 866 137 65 139 10 .209 .330 .529
2019vs Left .910 15 3 2 5 0 .214 .267 .643
2019vs Right 1.127 57 13 6 12 0 .277 .404 .723
2018vs Left .820 172 27 15 28 0 .210 .279 .541
2018vs Right .804 405 55 25 64 3 .204 .326 .478
2017vs Left .841 128 16 7 17 0 .226 .359 .481
2017vs Right .878 404 69 34 63 7 .204 .324 .554
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+28%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .913 623 113 50 106 5 .226 .352 .561
Since 2017Away .788 558 70 39 83 5 .195 .296 .492
2019Home 1.158 50 13 5 11 0 .310 .420 .738
2019Away .904 22 3 3 6 0 .158 .273 .632
2018Home .906 289 50 23 53 2 .227 .339 .567
2018Away .716 288 32 17 39 1 .186 .285 .431
2017Home .876 284 50 22 42 3 .210 .352 .524
2017Away .861 248 35 19 38 4 .208 .310 .551
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Stat Review
How does Joey Gallo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.44
 
BB Rate
14.5%
 
K Rate
32.9%
 
BABIP
.313
 
ISO
.453
 
AVG
.281
 
OBP
.382
 
SLG
.734
 
OPS
1.116
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gallo had a regular role with the Rangers in 2017, seeing time at both corner-infield spots and getting extra run at third base when Adrian Beltre was on the DL. With a combination of plus-plus raw power, an eye to draw walks, and swing-and-miss tendencies that are currently the most extreme in MLB, Gallo is the ultimate Three True Outcomes player. When he connects, he does a lot of damage, as evidenced by his 41-homer campaign as a 23-year-old last season. It's possible that he'll make adjustments and improve his strikeout rate over time, as he cut his K% from 38.5 in the first half to 34.9 percent in the second half. Moreover, Gallo posted similar numbers against lefties and righties, offering hope that he will avoid falling into the large side of a platoon. Unlike most of the TTO players that have preceded him, Gallo has the athleticism to steal bases (7-for-9) and play ample defense, and if he can continue to whittle away at his strikeout rate, a 50-homer season might be within reach.
During his first stint with the major league club in 2015, Gallo showed his trademark power but his contact issues were badly exposed. He saw only 25 at-bats with Texas in 2016 despite a 25-homer season with Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers have a deep big-league lineup that may keep Gallo largely out of the picture again in 2017 barring an injury or two. Not all hope is lost by any means, as Gallo has been able to maintain a high walk rate which helps mitigate the swing and miss. With incredible raw power, Gallo easily boasts 30-homer potential if ever given a significant window to contribute. He's probably not worth a significant investment in most single-season drafts and auctions, but he has appeal as a reserve-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues.
Gallo got a taste of the big leagues in 2015 and fell flat on his face due to intense swing-and-miss issues. Like Javier Baez last season, Gallo was rushed so that he could fail. Players need to experience failure in order to change, and Gallo hit nine homers with a 1.061 OPS in 34 games at Double-A Frisco prior to his promotion, so he certainly wasn’t going to experience that failure against Texas League pitching. After posting a 46.3% strikeout rate with six homers in 36 games with the Rangers, he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, where his contact issues persisted. He hit 14 homers, but also had a 39.5% strikeout rate in 53 games in the Pacific Coast League, so there is reason to be cautious heading into 2016. While Gallo legitimately has more raw power than any player in the American League, it is unclear what big league role he will play this season, or if he will ever make enough contact to maximize his power potential.
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 proportional to his 6-foot-5 height, if the end goal is a person who destroys baseballs with ease. However, it was considered a long shot heading into 2014 that the 20-year-old third baseman (who might end up in right field) would ever get that power to fully show in games against more advanced pitching, as his hit tool was considered highly questionable. At High-A Myrtle Beach, he tabled those concerns, slashing .323/.463/.735 with 21 home runs and a completely acceptable 26.0% strikeout rate. Unfortunately after his promotion to Double-A Frisco, he fueled his doubters, hitting another 21 home runs, but mixing in a 39.5% strikeout rate and a .183 batting average against lefties. Gallo’s story has yet to be written. If he can once again make adjustments in the offseason, he could be terrorizing major league pitchers by late 2015.
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.
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Riding homer binge
1BTexas Rangers
April 21, 2019
Gallo went 2-for-4 with a double and a home run in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Astros.
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Clubs seventh homer
1BTexas Rangers
April 19, 2019
Gallo went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Astros.
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Smacks sixth homer
1BTexas Rangers
April 16, 2019
Gallo went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run, two runs scored and a walk Tuesday against the Angels.
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Crushes fifth homer
1BTexas Rangers
April 15, 2019
Gallo went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's 12-7 win over the Angels.
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Returns from illness
1BTexas Rangers
April 15, 2019
Gallo (illness) is back in the lineup Monday against the Angels.
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