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#2 The guys who end up hitting a lot of home runs in the majors tend to be good enough that they hit the majors before they're finished players. Barry Bonds for instance hadn't learned to turn on an inside pitch by the time he reached the majors. Didn't matter. He was major league ready.
I am about as big of a Gallo fan as you can find, but that list at the bottom worries me. Before his promotion to AA, I wouldn't be as worried, but since he got moved up he's resorted to his old 40+% k-rate and not walking as much. I think he and Giambi need to chat a little more often again.
He's probably got the biggest gap between his floor and his ceiling of all prospects.
He hits the ball so hard he could be a star - think Troy Glaus, maybe with even more power - or he could fail to even make it to the big leagues.
Interesting list. The 2007 guy, Craig Brazell, was a local product, I'm pretty sure.
Joey may disappoint but is not going to bust.
He Ks more than 99% of MLBers did in the minors
Russ Branyan, age 20, 40 HR, 166 Ks in 552 PAs
age 21, 39 HR, 150 Ks in 527 PAs
Gallo, age 19, 40 HR, 172 Ks in 467 PAs
age 20, 37 HR, 150 Ks in 453 PAs
He Ks nearly 20% more than Branyan, (he's also younger than Branyan was and has a bit more power)
Gallo is super exciting, but some things have to change. He's hitting 600 on balls in play, and given the strikeouts that's what he needs to support a .260 batting average. That rate won't last. He could be a monster, but he needs to make some major adjustments or he won't survive.
So it really looks like his BABIP is low, and he has been unlucky, since a guy with his power should be hitting some pretty tough to field line drives, deep flies, and even smoking some ground balls. If his BABIP was mediocre .325 for an elite power hitter, he'd have another 3 hits, and he would be hitting .280/.366/.600.
Also it would help if you did your math properly. Joey Gallo has a .400 BABIP in AA. He has 32 (H-HR), not 22. So he's doing great.
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