The Texas Rangers‘ offense has been flowing for the past several weeks and has catapulted them up the standings in the AL West division as they sit with a 26-5 record, just five games back of their Texas counterpart, the Houston Astros, for first place in the division. However, the Rangers look to be without one of their big boppers for a while as veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre is expected to miss two weeks with a dislocated thumb. In order to replace his power in the lineup, the Rangers have decided to promote top third base prospect Joey Gallo to the majors by Tuesday as reported by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
A first round pick of the 2012 draft, the left-handed third baseman opened the year at AA Frisco. He has had a good campaign thus far at AA slashing a robust .314/.425/.636 batting line and has clubbed 8 homers as well as 31 RBIs to go with a sizzling 1.061 OPS over 34 games thus far. The Rangers are certainly hoping that the lumber in his bat will be able to translate at the major league level for at least a few weeks before Beltre is able to make it back. He is only expected to be on the roster for as long as Beltre is sidelined which should only be two to three weeks.
It may be optimistic to expect a lot out of Gallo, though. Despite having a big bat on his shoulders, he is also still working on his contact ability. He is striking out a whopping 33.6% of his plate appearances so it will not be surprising to see him generate a ton of swing-and-misses at the major league level. He has shown an improvement in plate discipline as he holds a 16.4% walk rate clip so that may play in his favor during the short stretch he’s in the majors. It will also be interesting to see how his defense holds up at the major league level. Even though he has been regarded as having a strong arm his range still leaves something to be desired.
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