You always expect prospects' numbers to drop after a promotion, particularly one from Single-A to Double-A, which is a huge jump, especially in terms of the pitching the hitters face at that level — often guys knocking on the door of the bigs.
Joey Gallo is no different. He was hitting .323 with a .463 on-base percentage in High-A Myrtle Beach this season, just dominating pitchers across the league with 21 homers and 50 RBIs in 58 games. That earned the 20-year-old a promotion to Double-A, which was met with much excitement among Rangers fans with the depressing baseball they've watched this year at the big-league level.
Since his call-up to Frisco, the batting numbers have expectedly dropped. He's hitting .255 with a .375 on-base percentage with 23 strikeouts and nine walks in 13 games with Double-A Frisco. But the power is still there. He's hit six homers already and driven in 14 runs and is still sporting a 1.035 OPS.
Many fans are clamoring for the Rangers to give Gallo a "cup of coffee" in September after the minor-league season ends, and they very well might. But he'd be best served to go get at-bats in Arizona with pitching he's comfortable.
Whatever the Rangers decide to do with Gallo this year, or even next, it's exciting seeing the power output of the 6-5 slugger.