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)
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.