Joseph Nicholas Gallo… was the 2012 Nevada Gatorade State Player of the Year at Bishop Gorman (NV) High School, leading the Gaels to their 7th consecutive Nevada 4A state title, hitting .509 with 21 HR, 80 RBI, 66 runs, and 13 stolen bases…set a new Nevada single-season record, while his 65 career HR are the most in state history…also appeared on the mound, tossing a no-hitter in his senior campaign… father, Tony, pitched in the Montreal farm system and worked as a pitching instructor at batting cages owned by former major leaguer Jason Giambi…has spent time in previous offseasons training with Giambi…was tabbed by Baseball America as the Best Power Hitter and having the third-best arm among high school draft prospects… had committed to Louisiana State University.
Ranked among A.L. leaders in AB/HR (3rd, 12.5), AB/GIDP (3rd, 166.7), AB/RBI (6th, 5.4), and walks (10th, 74)…led Rangers in HR, RBI (92), games (148), walks, XBH (65), and total bases (249), finishing among team leaders in OPS (2nd, .810) and runs (T2nd, 82)…his 92 RBI ranked T11th in the A.L…also finished 3rd in A.L./MLB with 207 strikeouts, a single-season club record…set career highs in games, hits (103), 2B (24), RBI, and TB, but slash line was lower in all 4 categories vs. 2017…compiled an average exit velocity of 93.9 mph, 3rd-highest average in MLB among players with 200+ measured PA's to only Aaron Judge (94.7) and Nelson Cruz (93.9).
His .206 BA was 2nd-lowest qualifying figure in MLB (BAL's Chris Davis-.168), and his club-record 207 strikeouts were 3rd-most in MLB…hit .227 w/ .906 OPS at home, .186 w/ .716 OPS on road…hit .240 (24-100) in 1st 27 G through 4/27, then batted .144 (13-90) next 24
G and had a .195 BA after game on 5/25…hit .224 (13-58) in 19 G from 5/26-6/16, then had .132 (9-68) avg. in final 23 G of the 1st half to sit at .187 for the year… after All-Star break, batted .239/.340/.592/.932 (44-184) with 18 HR and 41 RBI in 55 G to raise final batting average from .187 to .206…ranked among A.L. 2nd 'half' leaders in HR (2nd), RBI (8th), SLG (8th), OPS (10th), and XBH(T10th, 29)…hit .329 (25-76) in 22 G from 8/2-26… longest hit streak was 4 G (6x)…had 6 G of season-high 3 hits to tie career high, this after just 2 previous 3-H games…lone career game with at least 3 singles on 4/25/18 vs. OAK…season-high 4 RBI, 8/8 vs. SEA.
Had 136 starts in LF (team-high 74), 1B (32), RF (15), CF (11), and DH (4)…had a .990 (2 E/204 TC) fielding pct. in the outfield…his team-high and career-best 8 OF assists ranked T12th in the A.L., including 6 OF assists after the AS break, T2nd in MLB to only OAK's Ramon Laureano (9).
Ranked among A.L. leaders in slugging pct. (8th, .537), walks (13th, 75), OPS (15th, .869), AB/HR ratio (2nd, 11.0), AB/GIDP (2nd, 149.7), and AB/RBI (10th, 5.61)…had lowest total of singles (32) in baseball history for a player with 502+ PA's (minimum to qualify in a 162-game season)…previous low had been 39 singles by Rob Deer for 1991 Tigers…selected club's April Player of the Month after leading team in HR (7), R (16), TB (44), and SLG (.550)…was on the 7-day concussion DL from 8/22-28…placed on concussion list on 8/22 after leaving game 8/20 vs. CWS following a collision with reliever Matt Bush.
BATTING // His .209 batting avg. was 4th-lowest in A.L. among qualifiers, and he finished 2nd in A.L. with a club-record 196 SO…was still the 1st Ranger with to combine OBP/SLG figures of at least .333/.537 since 2012 (Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton)…batted .232 (16-69) in 1st 22 G through 4/26, then hit .139 (10-72) from 4/28-5/20 to fall to .184…beginning 5/23, had a .221 (68-308) avg. in final 101 games to finish at .209… season-high 3 hits, 6/21 vs. TOR, tying career high (also ML debut, 6/2/15 vs. CWS)…had 3 games with 3+ BB…career-best 21-G on-base streak from 8/14-9/12, 2nd-longest by a Ranger in '17 (28-Chirinos)…pair of career-high 8-G hit streaks: 8/1-9 and 8/29-9/6.
FIELDING // Last season, had 135 total starts at 3rd base (team-high 66), 1st base (52), and left field (17)…started 48 of the club's 1st 51 games at 3B until Adrian Beltre's return on 5/29, then made just 18 starts there the rest of the way…had a .940 (8 E/133 TC) fielding pct. at 3B before Beltre's return, and a .906 (5 E/53 TC) mark after…compiled a .996 (2 E/477 TC) pct. in 59 G/52 GS at 1st base, 5th-best in A.L. among players with 50+ starts at the position…both E's at 1B came in a 3-G span: 7/18 at BAL and 7/21 at TB…16 of his 17 starts in LF came between 7/25 and 8/30.
HOME RUNS // His 41 HR in 2017 made him just the 6th player in Rangers history to hit at least 40 HR in a season, ranking 3rd in the A.L. and 5th in MLB (see chart)…the other 5 Rangers to hit 40+ HR in a season were Juan Gonzalez (5x), Alex Rodriguez (3x), Rafael Palmeiro (3x), Mark Teixeira (1x), and Josh Hamilton (1x)…Gallo was the 1st Texas batter with 40 HR since Hamilton in 2012 (43)…at the age of 23 years, 315 days, became the 2nd-youngest player in Rangers history to reach 40 HR (Juan Gonzalez, 22.331 in 1992) and the 4thyoungest in this century at time of 40th, older than only Albert Pujols in 2003, Prince Fielder in 2007, and Bryce Harper in 2015 (credit Elias Sports Bureau)…hit home runs in 15 different parks in 2017, 2nd-highest total in club history (16 by Juan Gonzalez in 1999) and T2nd-most in MLB to TB's Logan Morrison (16)…hit the 8th inside-the-park HR in Globe Life Park history on 6/21 vs. TOR…lone career walk-off HR on 5/12 vs. OAK (Santiago Casilla). -Multi-HR games: Posted each of his 1st 4 career multi-HR games in 2017, all in Arlington: 4/21 vs. KC, 7/25 vs. MIA, 8/1 vs. SEA, 9/30 vs. OAK…his 4 multi-HR games in Arlington were most in one season since 2005 (Mark Teixeira-5, Alfonso Soriano-4)…the 2 HR on 9/30 were his final long balls of the year.
Saw action in 17 games over 3 stints with Texas (5/23- 27, 7/26-30, 9/6-end of season) and spent bulk of campaign at Triple-A Round Rock…batted .040 (1-25) with 19 SO in 25 at-bats, lone hit being a HR on 7/26 vs. OAK…finished season on 0-for-22 skid after the HR, including strikeouts in his final 13 official AB (4 BB) with Texas…made 5 starts: 3-DH, 1-1B, 1-3B…his 1.58 PA/SO was lowest figure in the divisional era (since 1969) by a non-pitcher with 30+ plate appearances in a season.
Made major league debut and batted .204 (22-108) with 6 HR and 14 RBI in 36 games over two stints with Texas: June 2-29 and Sept. 1-end of season…season debut was delayed until April 25 following surgery on April 3 to remove the os trigonum bone in his left ankle…was in major league spring training with the Rangers for the first time, batting .250 (8-32) with two home runs and 6 RBI in 15 games before he was assigned to minor league camp on March 23.
Named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Team, combining to bat .271 (119-439) with 42 HR and 106 RBI in 126 games with Myrtle Beach (A+) and Frisco…fell one home run shy of the overall minor league lead behind fellow Las Vegas native Kris Bryant… also ranked among the overall minor league leaders in RBI (4th), SLG (4th, .615), walks (T5th, 87), and OPS (7th, 1.009)… chosen as the MVP of the All-Star Futures Game in Minneapolis after belting a go-ahead, 2-run HR off Houston prospect Michael Feliz in the 6th inning…opened season with Myrtle Beach and won Carolina League MVP honors despite playing his final game in the league on 6/6…was a mid-season Carolina League All-Star…led the league with 21 HR despite appearing in 58 of Myrtle Beach's 138 games…with the Pelicans, won Rangers Minor League Player of the Month in both April and May and 3 of the first 4 Carolina League weekly awards…finished 2nd in the Texas League with 21 home runs despite less than 3 months in Frisco…played first game on 6/9 and still trailed league leader Houston prospect Telvin Nash by just one long ball…named to the TL Postseason All-Star team…ranked among the Double-A leaders in home runs (3rd), RBI (3rd), and SLG (10th, .524) from 6/9 through the end of the season.
Belted 40 home runs to win the Joe Bauman Award as the top HR hitter in the minor leagues…was the first teenager with 40+ home runs since Class C San Jose's Dick Simpson (42) in 1962…fell 2 long balls shy of the South Atlantic League record…was a SAL mid-season and post-season All-Star…ranked the 12th-best prospect in the SAL by Baseball America and was named to the publication's Minor League All-Star 2nd Team…was tabbed the best power prospect, defensive third baseman, and infield arm in BA's tool survey…averaged a home run every 11.68 plate appearances… led the SAL in home runs (38), SLG (.610), and OPS (.944), while ranking among the leaders in runs (5th, 82) and RBI (5th, 78)…was on disabled list, 7/9-8/7, with right groin strain…was selected to the All-Star Futures Game at Citi Field, but did not participate due to injury…was named the organization's Minor League Player of the Month for August/September…led all minor league players in home runs (14) and ranked 2nd in RBI (34) from 8/1 through the end of the season.
Split 1st professional season between AZL Rangers and Spokane (S-A)…combined to bat .272 (56-206) with 22 HR and 52 RBI in 59 games…unanimous selection as Arizona League's MVP and chosen as the Topps/Minor League Baseball Player of the Year in the Arizona League by Minor League Baseball…tabbed the 3rd-best prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America and named to the publication's Rookie All-Star Team… set the AZL home run record with 18 long balls and his 22 HR overall were the 2nd-most (PHI's Darin Ruf, 26) among all minor league players from June 20 to the end of the season… averaged a home run every 11.82 PA…led the Arizona League in SLG (.733) and RBI, while ranking among the league leaders in total bases (2nd, 110), walks (T2nd, 37) and runs (3rd, 44) despite missing the final two weeks of the season following a promotion to Spokane…opened season with AZL Rangers… named the Arizona League's TOPPS Player of the Month for July…promoted to Spokane on 8/16.