Giovanny Gallegos

Giovanny Gallegos

32-Year-Old PitcherRP
St. Louis Cardinals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Typically among the slowest pitchers in pace, Gallegos had trouble adjusting to MLB's new pitch clock in 2023. He didn't have too many pitch timer violations (3), but his performance may have been affected by the new rule. Gallegos posted his worst ratios since joining the Cardinals in 2018, while his 25.8% strikeout rate was the 2nd-worst mark of his career. The 32-year-old continued to limit free passes - his 5.2% walk rate was 8th-best among qualified relievers - but he gave up far too many home runs (11) across his 55 innings (1.8 HR/9). On the plus side, Gallegos racked up double-digit saves for the third straight year, along with 20 holds. The veteran's season ended in mid-September due to a shoulder injury, but unless follow-up tests reveal any structural damage, Gallegos should be in line for a normal offseason. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $10.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals in October of 2022. Contract includes a $6.5 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2025.
Set for spring debut
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 26, 2024
Gallegos (shoulder) is listed among the Cardinals' available relief pitchers for Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins, Katie Woo of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
According to John Denton of MLB.com, Gallegos is scheduled to pitch an inning out of the bullpen Monday, an indication that he's fully moved past the right rotator cuff tendinitis that resulted in him being shut down for the final two weeks of the 2023 season. Though he's saved between 10 and 14 games in each of the past three campaigns, Gallegos may find himself in more of a pure setup role in 2024 if closer Ryan Helsley is able to stay healthy.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
16
Last 10 Games
14
Last 5 Games
14
How many pitches does Giovanny Gallegos generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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121+
What part of the game does Giovanny Gallegos generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-23%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-7%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2021vs Left .225 345 92 24 71 21 1 11
Since 2021vs Right .195 429 135 26 76 15 1 12
2023vs Left .299 94 20 6 26 6 0 4
2023vs Right .220 135 39 6 28 7 0 7
2022vs Left .226 104 24 8 21 8 0 4
2022vs Right .175 131 49 10 21 2 1 2
2021vs Left .176 147 48 10 24 7 1 3
2021vs Right .190 163 47 10 27 6 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2021
 
 
-12%
ERA on Road
2023
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2022
 
 
-69%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-36%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2021Home 3.63 0.98 101.2 5 9 19 10.2 1.4 1.1
Since 2021Away 3.21 1.05 92.2 6 6 19 10.9 3.3 1.1
2023Home 4.61 1.28 27.1 0 3 5 9.5 1.3 2.0
2023Away 4.23 1.12 27.2 2 1 5 9.8 2.6 1.6
2022Home 4.41 1.10 32.2 1 4 6 11.0 2.2 1.1
2022Away 1.37 0.91 26.1 2 2 8 11.3 3.4 0.7
2021Home 2.38 0.70 41.2 4 2 8 9.9 0.9 0.4
2021Away 3.72 1.09 38.2 2 3 6 11.4 3.7 0.9
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Stat Review
How does Giovanny Gallegos compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. 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.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.92
 
K/9
9.7
 
BB/9
2.0
 
HR/9
1.8
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
4.42
 
WHIP
1.20
 
BABIP
.309
 
GB/FB
0.87
 
Left On Base
75.1%
 
Exit Velocity
84.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
6.4%
 
Spin Rate
2336 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
27.9%
 
Swinging Strike
17.3%
 
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Gallegos continues to be rock solid in his flexible high leverage relief role for the Cardinals. The 31-year-old inked a 2-year extension with St. Louis late last season after the team scaled back his workload from 80.1 innings in 2021 to just 59 last year. Gallegos nearly replicated his prior season outputs, posting 14 saves, similar ratios and a strikeout rate over 30% for the fourth straight year, though he didn't produce as many whiffs or strikeouts on his 4-seamer. He also walked batters at a career-worst clip (7.7%), but was still league average for that particular metric while measuring in the 90th percentile or higher in expected batting average, K% and whiff percentage. Gallegos should still be in the mix for saves in 2023, but he isn't likely to step into full-time closer duties unless Ryan Helsley suffers an injury.
After two consecutive seasons of high-leverage success with the Cardinals, Gallegos finally got an opportunity to be the team's primary closer towards the end of 2021. He didn't disappoint, racking up a league-high 12 saves between Aug. 30 and the end of the season while finishing the year with 14 saves overall. Gallegos (6-5) also delivered an impressive 3.02 ERA, 0.88 WHIP (third among qualified relievers) and 24 holds (fifth) across a career-high 73 appearances and 80.1 innings. His success and reliability in closer role in Sep-Oct carried St. Louis during a 17-game winning streak en route to a playoff spot via the NL Wild Card. There has been talk surrounding Alex Reyes and Jordan Hicks joining the Cardinals' rotation in 2022, which puts Gallegos on track to return as closer next season. He certainly has the talent to be one of the top options at the position and finish among the league leaders in saves.
Gallegos was drafted as a second closer in a lot of leagues, but it was not meant to be as he was placed on the injured list July 18 for undisclosed reasons and missed Opening Day. He returned before the end of July and put together an excellent campaign around another stint on the IL with a groin injury, posting a 2.06 FIP across 15 innings. The groin issue interrupted an audition in the closer role, which Gallegos never regained following his return. Theoretically, it's going to be even tougher for Gallegos to separate himself and seize the ninth inning with Jordan Hicks healthy entering 2021. That's not to say he can't do it. Gallegos has a great slider and threw it more than ever last year en route to a 36.8 K%. He's also very stingy with walks, setting him for nice career in relief, but Gallegos will need saves to be worthwhile in most mixed leagues.
The 2019 season was a great one for Gallegos, and it was his first full season in the major leagues. He turned into a high-leverage option for the Cardinals, delivering a 2.31 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 93:16 K:BB with 19 holds in 66 outings. The 28-year-old relied heavily on his slider (44.2% usage) to balance his 94-mph fastball, leading to a 27.6 K-BB% and 16.3% swinging-strike rate. Closer Jordan Hicks underwent Tommy John surgery in July and is set to miss a good chunk of the 2020 campaign, and while Carlos Martinez performed well in his place with 24 saves in 27 chances (3.17 ERA, 1.18 WHIP), Martinez says he wants to transition back to the starting rotation. Veteran lefty Andrew Miller is still in St. Louis as well, so this is a crowded picture, but Gallegos was one of the top non-closers in baseball last season and save chances are within reach.
Gallegos made several brief appearances on the Yankees' roster early in the year, mostly as the 26th man for a series of doubleheaders, before spending most of the second half at Triple-A after a deadline trade to St. Louis as part of a package for Luke Voit. He maintained similar peripherals to his 20.1-inning debut the season prior, beating the league average comfortably with a 26.7% strikeout rate and 6.7% walk rate. The performance was good enough to bring his ERA down to a decent 3.97, more in line with his supporting statistics than his 4.87 ERA was during his rookie campaign. It's enough for him to project as a viable major-league reliever moving forward, though he made just two September appearances for the Cardinals after the trade, so an Opening Day roster spot is far from guaranteed.
Gallegos leveraged a terrific 2016 season across both the Double-A and Triple-A levels into earning a 40-man roster spot and an invite to try to win a place in the Opening Day bullpen in 2017. While he ultimately started the year back with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the 26-year-old was once again exceptional in the minors, pitching to a 2.08 ERA. The righty also displayed terrific control with a 69:11 K:BB in 43.1 innings while collecting five saves. The transition to facing big-league hitting proved more difficult though, as Gallegos yielded three home runs in 20.1 innings on his way to posting a 4.87 ERA. The impressive command was still there though, as the righty struck out 22 versus just five walks in his first 16 major-league games. He'll get another chance to win a roster spot in a crowded New York bullpen in spring training.
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Shut down with shoulder injury
PSt. Louis Cardinals
Shoulder
September 18, 2023
The Cardinals placed Gallegos on the 15-day injured list Monday with right shoulder rotator cuff tendinitis.
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Earns 10th save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
September 3, 2023
Gallegos picked up a save Sunday against the Pirates. He struck out one over a perfect inning.
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Locks down ninth save
PSt. Louis Cardinals
August 9, 2023
Gallegos picked up the save Wednesday against the Rays, striking out one over a scoreless inning.
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Picks up hold Sunday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 30, 2023
Gallegos struck out two in two perfect innings to earn the hold during Sunday's 3-0 win over the Cubs.
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Nabs win Monday
PSt. Louis Cardinals
July 24, 2023
Gallegos (2-4) allowed two hits and struck out one over 1.1 innings to earn the win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.
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