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Rangers prospect Joey Gallo ties Kris Bryant with 40th homer

Aug 18, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

Joey Gallo, Guilder Rodriguez Joey Gallo, Guilder Rodriguez

Joey Gallo smacked his 40th homer of the season Sunday at Double-A, which means the Rangers prospect is now tied with Cubs prospect Kris Bryant for the minor-league lead.

Gallo isn’t considered quite on Bryant’s level as a prospect, but the 2012 first-round draft pick ranked 60th on Baseball America’s list coming into the season and has upped his stock dramatically by hitting .281 with a .401 on-base percentage and .622 slugging percentage in 115 games between Single-A and Double-A.

However, at Double-A he’s hit just .244 with 99 strikeouts in 57 games–yes, 99 strikeouts in 57 games–which is why despite the massive power numbers both this season and last season there are still some big question marks about Gallo’s upside as a big leaguer.

  1. stoutfiles - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Pretty sad all these great players are being held down in the minors because of baseball’s silly rules about service time and how much you can make.

    • erbaodai - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

      Gallo is not ready, he’s striking out at 40% in AA.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Do you even baseball bro?

  2. rdav29 - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Did you say Joey Gallo or Joey Callo?

    • larrymahnken - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:47 PM

      These two youts are having great seasons.

  3. migoli - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    He will forever be the guy who smashed that windshield at the futures game in my eyes

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    If as and when he makes it to the big leagues, he will need a memorable nickname. My suggestion is “Plonk”.

    • txspartan95 - Aug 18, 2014 at 2:56 PM

      Perhaps Rob Deer 2.0?

  5. carlbrutananadilewski1986 - Aug 18, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    LAS VEGAS has the most HR’s per capita in the world!

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