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Mazara Turns in Different Debut Than Gallo

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    ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Nomar Mazara #30 of the Texas Rangers is greeted by on deck batter Prince Fielder #84 after hitting a solo home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2016 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

    As my colleague Richie Whitt was quick to point out on Monday morning, everyone just needs to tap the brakes on the debut of Rangers' top prospect Nomar Mazara.

    It's hard given the fact he collected hits in his first three at-bats, the third a long solo blast off Jered Weaver. It's hard given the fact we've heard about how he's passed up Joey Gallo in many folks' minds as the top prospect in a top-heavy Rangers farm system.

    And while Richie is definitely correct, Mazara just looked different on Sunday.

    It was violent collisions between bat and ball like Gallo was last year against Jeff Samardzija in Gallo's smashing debut, which included an upper-porch homer in Arlington and a double off the top of the wall. It also included four RBIs.

    It was a sweet, refined swing — not too long or too big like Gallo's — and it was going with the pitch on two singles into right field. Then, the big shot — a 434-foot bomb to dead center on a Weaver change-up. In other words, it was all Mazara's power. Weaver didn't help much.

    The guy is really something, and he's going to be special. So yeah, tap the brakes, but I think we might have something different on our hands than Gallo.