MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13: Joey Gallo of the U.S. Team celebrates after hitting a home run against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
We've been touting it for a while here on the pages of Red Fever, but we need to reiterate the idea again: Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo doesn't need to go anywhere.
Gallo is the Rangers' top prospect and is one home run behind fellow power prospect and Las Vegas native Kris Bryant (Chicago Cubs) for the professional baseball lead. Gallo is sitting on 38 home runs, split between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, and is looking to lead minor league baseball in home runs for the second straight year. He's a phenomenal prospect with transcendent power at the plate.
But again folks, there's no need for Gallo to sniff Arlington this season, and probably not next season either.
Gallo is in a massive slump at the moment, which will happen to even the biggest prospects from time to time. He has one hit and 13 strikeouts in his last 24 at-bats, as he's still trying to adjust to Double-A pitching — a huge jump from Class-A. He's now batting .243 in 54 games at Frisco after hitting .323 in 58 games at Myrtle Beach and has 96 strikeouts in those 54 games. It's not overly concerning for the 20-year-old, but it definitely shows he's in no way ready to take even a month-long swim through Arlington, which many Rangers fans have clamored for just for excitement's sake.
There's no question Gallo would bring some excitement to Arlington, but if you want excitement, just head up the road to Frisco.
On the track he's currently on, Gallo shouldn't be expected to hit big leagues until 2016 and should start next year in Frisco with hopes of a promotion to Triple-A at some point during the 2015 season. And Rangers fans should be completely OK with that.