Gallo packs wallop for Pelicans
Wed, 07 May 2014 02:53:46 GMT —
Myrtle Beach Pelicans third baseman Joey Gallo is off to another monster season in the minors, leading the Carolina League in home runs with ten after just 30 games.
The 6'5" Gallo was a first round draft pick by the Texas Rangers in 2012. He was headed to LSU to play college baseball until the Rangers lured him away with a $2.25 million signing bonus.
During his high school career at Bishop Gorman, Gallo set the Nevada state record with 67 career home runs. Gallo said, "Ever since I hit my first home run at eight years old, I've always been able to hit home runs. I think it's because I'm tall and I create backspin."
Last year with the Hickory Crawdads, he became the first teenage player since 1962 to hit 40 homers in a minor league season.
This year with Myrtle Beach, Gallo is batting .318 and leads the CL in slugging percentage.
Gallo says he hopes to give the Texas Rangers some left-handed power at the plate one day, "My end goal is to get to the Major Leagues and win a World Series with the Rangers."
Gallo has been working hard on cutting down on strikeouts at the plate and improving on his fielding to keep him moving up in the Rangers organization.