Full name is Joseph Nicholas Gallo. ...In the 2020-21 offseason, joined New Balance and the Salvation Army to donate clothes and shoes to those in need…with the Rangers, participated in Rangers Winter Caravans, hospital visits, and Comerica Peek at the Park event…during the 2019 offseason, paired with the Rangers Foundation in distributing Thanksgiving dinners to families in West Dallas…in 2017, donated New Balance turf shoes to area high school athletes through Arlington ISD Athletics. ...Attended Bishop Gorman High School (Nev.)…was the 2012 Nevada Gatorade State Player of the Year, leading the Gaels to their seventh consecutive Nevada 4A state title, hitting .509 with 66R, 21HR, 80RBI and 13SB…at the time, his 65 career home runs were the most in state history…also tossed a no-hitter in his senior campaign. ...His father, Tony, pitched in the Montreal minor league system and worked as a pitching instructor at batting cages owned by 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 prior to signing with the Rangers.
Was named to his second career All-Star team as he combined with the Rangers and Yankees to hit .199/.351/.458 (99-for-498) with 90R, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 38HR, 77RBI and 111BB in 153 games…made 89 starts in RF, 46 starts in LF and 14 starts at DH...Won his second career Gold Glove Award in RF…according to FanGraphs, his 12 defensive runs saved in RF were the second-highest in the Majors at the position, trailing only Adolis García (13)…posted a .980 fielding percentage (4E/205TC) in RF…his 14 outfield assists were tied with Colorado's Charlie Blackmon (14) for the third-most in the Majors, trailing only Texas's Adolis Garcia (16) and Boston's Hunter Renfroe (16)...Set career highs in games played, runs scored and walks...52 of his 99 hits went for extra bases (13 doubles, 1 triple, 38HR)…25 of his final 36H and 35 of his final 51H were extra-base hits (7 doubles, 1 triple, 27HR)...Led the AL and ranked second in the Majors with 111BB, trailing only Washington's Juan Soto (145BB)...His 38HR were tied for the 10th-most in the Majors and tied for the ninth-most in the AL...Averaged 4.23 pitches per plate appearance, the third-highest mark in the Majors…trailed only Oakland's Matt Chapman (4.30) and Mark Canha (a higher 4.23)....His career-high six multi-HR games were tied with teammate Aaron Judge, Kansas City's Salvador Perez and Washington/Boston's Kyle Schwarber for the most in the Majors....Began the season with Texas, batting .223/.379/.490 (69-for-310) with 57R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 25HR, 55RBI, 74BB and 6SB in 95 games...In 58 games with the Yankees, hit .160/.303/.404(30-for-188) with 33R, 7 doubles, 13HR, 22RBI and 37BB… reached base in 48 of his 55 games with at least 1AB with the Yankees...Six of his 13HR with the Yankees either tied the game (one) or gave the Yankees the lead (five)...Grounded into six double plays after doing so just six times in his first six seasons from 2015-20...His 72BB prior to the All-Star break were the second-highest ever by a Texas Ranger, trailing only Toby Harrah’s 82BB in 1985…his 24HR prior to the All-Star break were the most by a Ranger since Josh Hamilton’s 27HR in 2012...Posted a season-opening 23-game on-base streak, the longest season-opening on-base streak in the Majors in 2021 and the longest season-opening on-base streak by a Texas batter on the Opening Day roster since Ian Kinsler’s 25-game streak in 2008…dating back to 2020, reached safely in a career-high 26 straight games (9/25/20-4/27/21), the longest on-base streak by a Ranger since Shin-Soo Choo‘s 52-game streak from 5/13- 7/20/18...Recorded 24BB in April, his most in a single calendar month…was first Ranger to record at least 24BB in a single calendar month since Rafael Palmeiro’s 24BB in August 2000...Reached base a career-high-tying five times on 4/1 vs. Kansas City (2H, 3BB)...Walked in a season-high eight straight games from 4/14-23, tied for the second-longest such streak of his career (also 9G from 8/14-30/17 and 8G from 7/20-29/18)...Hit 4HR in a six-game span from 5/3-8 after hitting just 2HR in his first 28 games of the season (4/1-5/2)...Recorded his first multi-HR game of the season on 5/8 vs. Seattle…was his first multi-HR game since 6/27/19 at Detroit...Hit 10HR during the month of June, tied for the second-most in the AL, trailing only Los Angeles-AL's Shohei Ohtani (13HR)…marked his second-highest HR total in a single calendar month of his career (11HR in August 2017)...In 28 games from 6/8-7/18-G1, hit .303/.466/.809 (27-for-89) with 22R, 1 double, 1 triple, 14HR, 26RBI, 27BB and 2SB in that span...Hit 13HR in an 18-game span from 6/20-7/10...Tied his career high with 5RBI on 6/26 vs. Kansas City (third time, also 4/9/17 vs. Oakland and 4/21/19 vs. Houston)…was his second multi-HR game of the season...Homered in a career-high five straight games from 6/26-7/1 (7HR), the longest by a Ranger since Mike Napoli’s five-game streak from 4/15-21(G1)/12…had six straight hits go for home runs from 6/26-30, becoming the third player in franchise history to post at least six consecutive hits for home runs…joined Carl Everett (6HR from 7/26-8/1/02) and Alex Rodriguez (6HR, 8/16-18/02) - credit Elias...Hit 10HR in a 10-game span from 6/26-7/7, the first player in Rangers history to accomplish the feat...Recorded his third multi-HR game of the season on 6/29 at Oakland...Notched his fourth multi-HR game of the year on 7/7 vs. Detroit...Was named to his second career All-Star Game…entered the game in the fifth inning as a defensive replacement in RF and drew a walk in his only plate appearance…also participated in his first Home Run Derby on 7/12 at Coors Field, falling to Trevor Story, 20 to 19, in the first round...Was acquired by the Yankees with LHP Joely Rodríguez and cash considerations from the Texas Rangers in exchange for minor league right-handed pitcher Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith on 7/29/21...Made his Yankees debut on 7/30 at Miami, going 0-for-4with 1BB...Recorded his first hit as a Yankee on 8/1 at Miami, hitting a double in the seventh inning (1-for-4)...Had each of his first five hits with the Yankees go for extra bases (4 doubles, 1HR)…according to Elias, was just the fourth Yankee in the last 20 seasons to have his first five hits be extra-base hits, joining Mike Tauchman (first 6H in 2019), Giancarlo Stanton (first 5H in 2018) and Tony Clark (first 5H in 2004)...Hit a go-ahead three-run HR in the seventh inning on 8/5 vs. Seattle, his first HR as a Yankee…marked his seventh career HR in the seventh inning or later that either tied the game or gave his team the lead (first since a game-tying solo HR in the ninth inning on 8/19/20 at San Diego)…also tied his career high with 3XBH (also 3XBH on 5/16/19 at Kansas City and 6/21/17 vs. Toronto)...Recorded his fifth multi-HR game of the season on 8/14 at Chicago-AL, hitting a solo HR in the first inning and a two-run HR in the 10th. 100 ...Hit his 30th HR of the season on 8/26 at Oakland, reaching the 30HR plateau for the third time in his career (41HR in 2017 and 40HR in 2018)...Snapped an 0-for-17 stretch with a game-tying two-run HR in the eighth inning on 9/4 vs. Baltimore...Hit 7HR over nine games with at least 1AB from 9/10-21...Homered in four straight games with at least 1AB from 9/13-17 for the second time in his career (also five games from 6/26-7/1/21)...Hit a go-ahead solo HR in the second inning and a solo HR in the eighth on 9/17 vs. Cleveland, his 14th career multi-HR game and his sixth of the season...Left the game on 9/18 vs. Cleveland with neck tightness...Was hit by a pitch on the left forearm in the seventh inning on 9/29 at Toronto…was removed from the game in the ninth inning for a pinch hitter and underwent x-rays after the game...Snapped an 0-for-19 stretch with an RBI bunt single in the ninth inning on 10/1 vs. Tampa Bay...Made his first career postseason appearance in the AL Wild Card Game (0-for-4).
Batted .181/.301/.378/.679 with 10 HR and 26 RBI in 57 G for Texas, ranking among team leaders in walks (1st, 29), XBH (1st, 18), HR (T1st, 10), RBI (2nd, 26), TB (2nd, 73), doubles (T2nd, 8) and runs (3rd, 23)…was among A.L. leaders in pitches/PA (10th, 4.20), walks (12th) and PA/BB (12th, 7.79)…led all TEX position players with 0.8 WAR according to FanGraphs…ranked 3rd among all Rangers with 1.4 WAR according to baseball-reference.com.
After an outstanding April and May that resulted in his 1st All-Star selection, Gallo played in just 20 of the Rangers' final 106 games, none of the last 61, due to injuries…had a .253 batting average in 70 total games after entering 2019 with a .203 career mark…among A.L. players with at least 250 plate appearances, ranked 5th in SLG (.598), 6th in OPS (.986), and 9th in OBP (.389)…had the 12th-highest OPS and SLG in team history (250+ PA)…posted best BB/K ratio (0.46) and recorded highest pct. of pitches taken (59.2%) of his career.
ALL-STAR SUCCESS: Named to A.L. All-Star team for the first time as a players' selection in 2019 and played the final 4 innings in RF in 7/9/19 ASG at CLE…homered off SF's Will Smith in only plate appearance in 7th inning for final run in A.L.'s 4-3 win…became the 21st player to homer in his 1st career All-Star AB (19th in 1st PA) and the 5th Ranger to go deep in the Midsummer Classic, joining Ruben Sierra in 1992 at SD; Hank Blalock in 2003 at CWS; Alfonso Soriano in 2004 at HOU; and Mark Teixeira in 2005 at DET.
INJURIES: Saw a pair of stints on the injured list: 6/2-24 with left oblique strain and 7/24-end of season for right wrist surgery to remove hook of hamate bone…transferred to 60-day IL for duration of season on 9/20…had a stint on 7-day concussion list in 2017, but the 2019 spans marked his 1st appearances on the injured list…was removed from game on 6/1 vs. KC with 3-2 count during PA in 5th inning, and landed on IL the next day… for June stint, played 4 G with AZL Rangers…left game 7/23 at SEA - his most recent MLB contest - after his final AB in 8th inn. with soreness in wrist, then had surgery performed by Dr. Thomas DiLiberti in Dallas on 7/25…for latter stint, played in Rangers instructional league games in Arizona in September as he attempted a return before the end of the season.
BATTING: Was just 7-for-41 (.171) in season's 1st 12 G through 4/12…batted .340 (36-106) over next 30 contests, improving to .293 through 5/21…selected as A.L. Player of the Week for 4/15-21 (.476, 4 HR, 11 RBI, 6 G)…named the Rangers March/ April Player of the Month (.264, 10 HR, 25 RBI, 25 G)…matched career-high with 8-G hit streak, 4/27-5/8…went 4-for-23 over 8 G from 5/24-6/1 before going on 10-day IL…at the time he went on IL on 6/2, was among A.L. leaders in SLG (1st, .653), walks (2nd, 42), OBP (2nd, .421), HR (T2nd, 17), XBH (T2nd, 29), and RBI (6th, 41)…activated on 6/25 and went 7-for-19 (.368) next 6 G to improve from .276 to .286…hit just .135 (7-52) in 14 G in July before going back on 10-day IL on 7/24.
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).
BATTING: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.
FIELDING: 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.