Joey Gallo
Joey Gallo
25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Texas Rangers
10-Day IL
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 9/20/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The lazy comp would be to call Gallo a modern-day Adam Dunn. However, Dunn was not hitting in the low .200s until the final seasons of his career while it is all Gallo has known in nearly 1,300 plate appearances at the big-league level. Gallo is athletic for his size and is definitely filling the rest of his three-true-outcome shoes. Gallo has hit 40-plus homers and generated at least 165 runs-plus-RBI in consecutive seasons, but he has really hurt in batting-average leagues with a batting average 45 points below the league average. He walks enough (13.4 career BB%) to be more valuable in OBP leagues, although his .317 career OBP is still a below-average mark. We roster him because the power is prodigious and it is 35 homers and 150 runs of production in the bank. There will likely be the occasional year where lucks his way to a .225 average, but bank on something closer to .200 when formulating a plan to offset his one big negative. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Rangers in 2012 that includes a $2.25 million signing bonus.
To return Sept. 20
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
September 11, 2019
Gallo (wrist) is expected to come off the injured list Sept. 20 at Oakland, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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He will travel to Arizona this weekend for simulated games Sunday and Monday. The next step will be real minor-league games Tuesday and Wednesday. If he does indeed return on the 20th, he would have nine games to close out the season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
13
30
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
13
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .907 390 62 30 67 1 .243 .339 .568
Since 2017vs Right .853 1016 159 73 154 13 .207 .335 .519
2019vs Left 1.174 90 19 8 22 1 .333 .427 .747
2019vs Right .902 207 35 14 27 3 .217 .372 .530
2018vs Left .820 172 27 15 28 0 .210 .279 .541
2018vs Right .804 405 55 25 64 3 .204 .326 .478
2017vs Left .841 128 16 7 17 0 .226 .359 .481
2017vs Right .878 404 69 34 63 7 .204 .324 .554
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+36%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+27%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .940 713 133 58 127 8 .234 .362 .578
Since 2017Away .797 693 88 45 94 6 .199 .309 .487
2019Home 1.145 140 33 13 32 3 .301 .429 .717
2019Away .845 157 21 9 17 1 .211 .353 .492
2018Home .906 289 50 23 53 2 .227 .339 .567
2018Away .716 288 32 17 39 1 .186 .285 .431
2017Home .876 284 50 22 42 3 .210 .352 .524
2017Away .861 248 35 19 38 4 .208 .310 .551
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Stat Review
How does Joey Gallo compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.46
 
BB Rate
17.5%
 
K Rate
38.4%
 
BABIP
.368
 
ISO
.344
 
AVG
.253
 
OBP
.389
 
SLG
.598
 
OPS
.986
 
wOBA
.417
 
Exit Velocity
94.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
52.3%
 
Barrels/PA
11.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Gallo had a regular role with the Rangers in 2017, seeing time at both corner-infield spots and getting extra run at third base when Adrian Beltre was on the DL. With a combination of plus-plus raw power, an eye to draw walks, and swing-and-miss tendencies that are currently the most extreme in MLB, Gallo is the ultimate Three True Outcomes player. When he connects, he does a lot of damage, as evidenced by his 41-homer campaign as a 23-year-old last season. It's possible that he'll make adjustments and improve his strikeout rate over time, as he cut his K% from 38.5 in the first half to 34.9 percent in the second half. Moreover, Gallo posted similar numbers against lefties and righties, offering hope that he will avoid falling into the large side of a platoon. Unlike most of the TTO players that have preceded him, Gallo has the athleticism to steal bases (7-for-9) and play ample defense, and if he can continue to whittle away at his strikeout rate, a 50-homer season might be within reach.
During his first stint with the major league club in 2015, Gallo showed his trademark power but his contact issues were badly exposed. He saw only 25 at-bats with Texas in 2016 despite a 25-homer season with Triple-A Round Rock. The Rangers have a deep big-league lineup that may keep Gallo largely out of the picture again in 2017 barring an injury or two. Not all hope is lost by any means, as Gallo has been able to maintain a high walk rate which helps mitigate the swing and miss. With incredible raw power, Gallo easily boasts 30-homer potential if ever given a significant window to contribute. He's probably not worth a significant investment in most single-season drafts and auctions, but he has appeal as a reserve-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues.
Gallo got a taste of the big leagues in 2015 and fell flat on his face due to intense swing-and-miss issues. Like Javier Baez last season, Gallo was rushed so that he could fail. Players need to experience failure in order to change, and Gallo hit nine homers with a 1.061 OPS in 34 games at Double-A Frisco prior to his promotion, so he certainly wasn’t going to experience that failure against Texas League pitching. After posting a 46.3% strikeout rate with six homers in 36 games with the Rangers, he was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock, where his contact issues persisted. He hit 14 homers, but also had a 39.5% strikeout rate in 53 games in the Pacific Coast League, so there is reason to be cautious heading into 2016. While Gallo legitimately has more raw power than any player in the American League, it is unclear what big league role he will play this season, or if he will ever make enough contact to maximize his power potential.
Of the 7.1 billion people walking this planet, Giancarlo Stanton may be the only one who can match Gallo’s raw power. He is the prototypical left-handed power bat. Gallo’s body mass is ideally proportional to his 6-foot-5 height, if the end goal is a person who destroys baseballs with ease. However, it was considered a long shot heading into 2014 that the 20-year-old third baseman (who might end up in right field) would ever get that power to fully show in games against more advanced pitching, as his hit tool was considered highly questionable. At High-A Myrtle Beach, he tabled those concerns, slashing .323/.463/.735 with 21 home runs and a completely acceptable 26.0% strikeout rate. Unfortunately after his promotion to Double-A Frisco, he fueled his doubters, hitting another 21 home runs, but mixing in a 39.5% strikeout rate and a .183 batting average against lefties. Gallo’s story has yet to be written. If he can once again make adjustments in the offseason, he could be terrorizing major league pitchers by late 2015.
Gallo's name was all over the prospect radar after his short-season debut in 2012, following his selection in the first round of the draft that June, but the shine has faded a bit after the 2013 campaign. Yes, the power is very much legit (40 homers), but there's considerable debate as to whether the approach at the plate (172 strikeouts against Low-A pitching) will work against advanced pitching. He could end up like Russell Branyan or Adam Dunn, and anywhere in between. Believed to be previously untouchable in trade talks, rumors persist that he's a player Texas is willing to dangle to acquire a known major league talent.
Gallo was a sandwich pick in the June draft, with scouts in agreement that he possessed the best raw power of any hitter in the draft class. Gallo assaulted rookie league pitching in his pro debut, swatting 18 homers and drawing 37 walks in 150 at-bats and resulting in a .293/.435/.733 slash that also included six steals in as many attempts. He struggled a bit in a brief appearance for Low-A Spokane, but he had one of the more promising debuts of the June draftees and should be all over the radar for those in keeper leagues.
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Could return next weekend
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
September 11, 2019
Gallo (wrist) could be back in action next weekend, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Takes live BP
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
September 11, 2019
Gallo (wrist) participated in a live batting practice session Tuesday, Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News reports.
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Nearing live batting practice
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
September 6, 2019
Gallo (wrist) said Friday that he hopes to take live batting practice next week in Arlington, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Hopeful for mid-September return
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
September 3, 2019
Gallo (wrist) said Monday that he assumes he'll be ready to return from the 10-day injured list in "a couple weeks," Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Taking batting practice
1BTexas Rangers
Wrist
August 31, 2019
Gallo (wrist) is taking live batting practice again, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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