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
Not moving back to third base
1BTexas Rangers
December 21, 2018
President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels said Gallo will not be moving back to third base following Adrian Beltre's retirement and the departure of Jurickson Profar, Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Gallo did not spend any time at third base this past season, instead receiving the bulk of his starts in left field while also sprinkling in time at first base, DH and in right field. Following the three-team deal that sent Profar to Oakland, Daniels was asked about Gallo's role for next season, but shot down any talk of the 25-year-old returning to the hot corner. Expect Gallo to be utilized in a similar fashion as he was in 2018, during which he slashed .206/.312/.498 with 40 home runs and 92 RBI.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Even Split
Since 2016vs Left .824 304 43 22 45 0 .214 .313 .511
Since 2016vs Right .827 835 126 60 128 11 .199 .321 .506
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
2016vs Left .250 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
2016vs Right .374 26 2 1 1 1 .045 .192 .182
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OPS at Home
Since 2016Home .873 595 102 46 96 6 .212 .339 .533
Since 2016Away .776 544 67 36 77 5 .194 .296 .480
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
2016Home .392 22 2 1 1 1 .053 .182 .211
2016Away .250 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .250 .000
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Takes seat Saturday
1BTexas Rangers
September 29, 2018
Gallo is out of the lineup for Saturday's game against Seattle.
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Makes another start in center
1BTexas Rangers
September 29, 2018
Gallo went 0-for-3 with a walk in Friday's 12-6 loss to Seattle.
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Hits 40th home run
1BTexas Rangers
September 26, 2018
Gallo went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a walk and a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.
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Cranks pinch-hit home run
1BTexas Rangers
September 23, 2018
Gallo hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in his only at-bat in Sunday's win over Seattle.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
1BTexas Rangers
September 23, 2018
Gallo is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mariners.
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