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Gallo's Power Continues to Tease

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    TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers signs autographs for fans prior to the spring training game against the Los Angeles Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 13, 2016 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

    Commence the teasing. In other words, Joey Gallo is at it again.

    The Rangers’ power-hitting prospect wowed fans in Arizona on Sunday with a home-run blast that cleared the fence and bounded into the parking lot, eventually smacking into an innocent car. It was his second homer in his last eight at-bats of the spring, and a reminder of his awesome power at the plate.

    But we’ve seen that before, right? Last year Gallo was called up from the minors and immediately blasted tape-measure homers before the pitchers quickly caught up and he started striking out about every other plate appearance.

    “I’m switching up my approach and trying to be more patient than I was last year,” said Gallo, who struck out 57 times in 108 at-bats in 2015. “I’m being what we call ‘patiently aggressive,’ looking for a pitch in a spot and when I get it I can’t miss it.”

    No doubt Gallo has the power to make it in the majors. He’s hit 111 homers over the last three seasons and added a 400-feet blast off Matt Garza over the weekend.

    The consistency is also improving. In his last 20 at-bats in Arizona he’s reached base nine times, only striking out twice.

    Teasing, indeed.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.