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Gallo Knew Mazara Would Stick in Bigs



    Gallo Knew Mazara Would Stick in Bigs
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    TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 13: Joey Gallo #13 (C) and Nomar Mazara #30 (R) of the Texas Rangers of the Texas Rangers gesture to the camera during 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)

    Joey Gallo made a smashing big-league debut last June when he was called up to replace the injured Adrian Beltre.

    In that game, he hit a tape-measure homer, missed a second homer by inches and drove in four runs in a blowout win for the Rangers. With that, the Gallo hype took over DFW.

    About a month later, he'd fallen into a horrible funk filled with strikeouts and was sent down to Triple-A after skipping straight from Double-A to the bigs.

    This year, his long-time minor-league teammate, Nomar Mazara, got a similar unexpected promotion, and he's not looking back.

    The outfielder, who just turned 21 a couple of weeks ago, is the youngest player in the big leagues and is off to a monster start. He's batting .314 in 28 games with three doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs. Perhaps as impressive is his 11 walks, which has his on-base percentage at .371, which shows impressive approach and plate discipline for such a young hitter.

    It's pretty much decided now that Mazara is never going back to the minors, even when Shin-Soo Choo returns from the disabled list very soon.

    Gallo said he knew from the get-go Mazara wouldn't be back to Triple-A Round Rock to play with him and the next time they saw a field together would be in Arlington, whenever Gallo is recalled.

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    “I just looked at the guy next to me and was like, ‘He ain’t coming back,’ ” Gallo told the Star-Telegram Thursday at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. “He’s too advanced. He’s a really smart, intelligent guy. He just gets it. The moment’s never too big. He’s a freak. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever played with. I just want to be up there with him.”

    The Rangers are quickly finding all of that out.