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)
When Joey Gallo was drafted by the Texas Rangers back in June, the excitement was permeating through the organization. Gallo, a power-hitting giant of a young man, has not let those expectations get the best of him since joining the organization, either.
Gallo, who is about to turn 19 years old, earned MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League as he was named the 2012 Topps/Minor League player of the year by Minor League Baseball on Monday.
The third base prospect, who could probably eventually make the move to first if needed, has absolutely crushed pitching in the fall instructional league, hitting .293 with 10 doubles and a league-record 18 home runs in 43 games.
What makes Gallo's run in Arizona even more impressive is the fact he was promoted to Short-A Spokane with two weeks left in the Arizona season. He also led the league in RBIs and slugging percentage.
Yeah, he's a long ways away from sniffing Arlington, but those numbers are enough to get even the biggest cynics a little excited, no?