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Joey Gallo put on a show at batting practice before the Futures Game

Jul 13, 2014, 6:15 PM EDT

If hitting 71 home runs since the start of the 2013 season didn’t put Rangers prospect Joey Gallo on the map, his batting practice session at Target Field in Minnesota prior to this evening’s Futures Game certainly did.

Gallo hit a ball clear out of Target Field and also broke a truck’s windshield. Baseball America’s JJ Cooper tweeted some pictures:

Gallo, 20, has progressed from Single-A Myrtle Beach to Double-A Frisco. In 362 plate appearances at both levels, he has hit 31 home runs, knocked in 73 runs, and posted a .307/.434/.703 slash line.

Gallo struck out against Twins prospect Domingo German in his first at-bat in the second inning of the Futures Game. He struck out against Yankees prospect Luis Severino in the fourth.

Update (6:48 PM): Gallo crushed a Michael Feliz offering for a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put Team USA up 3-2. Absolutely crushed.

  1. wpjohnson - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Strikes out too much.

    • mashoaf - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      and 31 Homerun’s worth with a .307 batting average is terrible?

  2. chiadam - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    His dad Jerry was a great lawyer.

    • gmfw7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      “it’s jarry callo. C-A-L-L-O”.

  3. randygnyc - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Joey, Joey
    King of the streets, child of clay
    Joey, Joey
    What made them want to come and blow you away?

    • randygnyc - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Whoosh. 8 thumbs down? Says a lot about how very little culture those around me have, lol

    • randygnyc - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      I guess Craig will be the only one who will appreciate this comment.

  4. roarfrom384 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:48 PM

    I think you are referring to the great lawyer- Jerry Callo. Totally different person than Jerry Gallo.

  5. stoutfiles - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    He’s becoming a household name? I thought everyone was watching the World Cup according to Craig? Which is it?

  6. vegasjss - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    …and homered in his third at bat.

  7. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Just the simple fact that news articles are being written about someone taking batting practice…points to just how special this Gallo kid really is. I bet most guys try and get their swings in before this monster steps to the plate, because being the follow-up act to Joey Gallo will make your swings seem quite pedestrian.

  8. yahmule - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Gallo played in Harper’s shadow as a kid back in Las Vegas. Nice to see him getting some national recognition. Solid 80’s in both power and throwing arm on the scouting scale for this young man.

  9. rdav29 - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    Two youths or two utes?

  10. migoli - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:55 PM

    I just walked by that truck and I didn’t think it was really. Thought it was just a novelty thing for the HR derby tomorrow. Pretty crazy

  11. philipharmonic - Jul 14, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    I saw Gallo play a few times when he was with Myrtle Beach. Took the time to sign autographs (and was nice about it). He did strike out 3 times one game though he hit a monster HR in another. Not sure about his fielding. He made a couple of really terrible throws from 3rd to 1st.

    Interestingly, like Harper, he bats left, throws right (my guess is that, at least in Harper’s case) their dads forced them to bat left growing up). Not sure if that makes him less attractive as a 1st baseman. But since his power is so real, I don’t think his defense wows are secondary.

    • entitymn - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      In MN, so it’s “Like Mauer, he bats left, throws right”, and it was Mauer’s mom that made him learn that. No comment on how attractive he is at first base.

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