ARLINGTON, TX - JUNE 12: Prior to the start of the Arizona Diamondbacks v Texas Rangers game, the Texas Rangers agree to terms with five selections in 2012 Major League Baseball first year player draft (L-R) John Daniels general manager, Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo, Collin Wiles, Jamie Jarmon, Nick Willams and Nolan Ryan president of the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on June 12, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
Before his final at-bat on Monday night, Joey Gallo was an unremarkable 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut for Double-A Frisco after his call-up from Myrtle Beach, where he was tied for the lead in home runs throughout minor-league baseball.
In his final at-bat, he added to his total, clubbing his 22nd homer of the season to give the Rough Riders a walk-off win over Midland, the A's Double-A affiliate.
"It’s pretty huge," Gallo told a small group of reporters who had shifted their focus from Arlington to Frisco for the night. "I kind of knew going up to the plate. I said before, I was taking pretty good swings. I ended up having a good opening debut.”
Gallo is right up there with catcher Jorge Alfaro as the Rangers' top prospects and there was a noticeable level of excitement upon his call-up to Frisco prior to Monday's game. The chances of Gallo, 20, ending up in Arlington this year are slim, as the thought is the club wouldn't want to ruin his confidence and let him continue to shred minor-league pitching.
But either way, that debut was pretty exciting.