Gallo’s Home Run Production Stands Alone

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Joey Gallo (Photo by Robert Gurganus)

Joey Gallo (Photo by Robert Gurganus)

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo‘s power tool is among the best scouts have seen. He can put on amazing batting practice shows, but more importantly, his power plays in games as well. There are many ways to describe it, as we have over the years. Here’s another. If you look at at-bats per home run, Gallo’s minor league home run productivity is in a class of its own.

The Baseball America minor league stats database has stats for anyone who has played in the minor leagues from 2007-present, plus anyone who was a big leaguer in 2007 (so Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and many other sluggers of the 1990s-2000s are included). When it comes to home runs, Gallo’s rate of one home run every 9.7 at bats is not only the best in our database, it’s dramatically better than anyone else. If you look at sluggers with 20 or more minor league home runs, the difference between Gallo and second-best Russell Branyan’s 12.9 at-bats per home run is less than the difference between Branyan and everyone else in the Top 20.

Most of the names you see on this leaderboard will be familiar, but we’ll deal with the less notable names in a minute. Here’s the Top 10 for at-bats per home run.


MINOR LEAGUE AT-BATS PER HOME RUN
PLAYER HR AB HR/AB
Joey Gallo 80 775 9.7
Alex Guerrero 10 117 11.7
Russell Branyan 222 2859 12.9
Troy Glaus 42 543 12.9
Eric Arce 25 331 13.2
Giancarlo Stanton 91 1226 13.5
Rick Ankiel 72 975 13.5
Kris Bryant 22 306 13.9
Brian Pellegrini 71 994 14.0
Paul Goldschmidt 83 1178 14.2

Guerrero is the Dodgers’ recent Cuban signee who is more known for having his ear bitten in a fight with teammate Miguel Olivo than for the six home runs he hit in the week before he was injured. Eric Arce was a 25th-round Blue Jays pick in 2011 who set the Gulf Coast League record for home runs with 14 in his pro debut. He had been arrested in high school which led to makeup concerns before he was drafted. He was released just two years later. Brian Pellegrini was a true all-or-nothing slugger for the Astros. A 12th-round pick out of St. Bonaventure, Pellegrini was always old for the league he was in, but he did hit 21 home runs in 2008, 34 more in 2009 and 16 in 53 games in his final season. That final year was cut short by a knee injury that ultimately ended his career.

In case you want to dig deeper, here’s a look at the Top 100 minor leaguers for at-bats per home run from the BA database. Again, it includes everyone who was in pro ball at any point from 2007 to present.

PLAYER HR AB HR/AB
Joey Gallo 80 775 9.7
Alex Guerrero 10 117 11.7
Russell Branyan 222 2859 12.9
Troy Glaus 42 543 12.9
Eric Arce 25 331 13.2
Giancarlo Stanton 91 1226 13.5
Rick Ankiel 72 975 13.5
Kris Bryant 22 306 13.9
Brian Pellegrini 71 994 14.0
Paul Goldschmidt 83 1178 14.2
Brad Eldred 251 3611 14.4
Ruben Medina 28 410 14.6
Jorge Vazquez 239 3555 14.9
Mike Zunino 24 364 15.2
Miguel Sano 90 1375 15.3
Jose Ortiz 31 475 15.3
Chris Davis 118 1811 15.3
Mario Valenzuela 148 2305 15.6
Dallas McPherson 209 3289 15.7
Yazy Arbelo 75 1188 15.8
Grant Desme 33 535 16.2
Alfredo Despaigne 13 211 16.2
Javier Baez 60 975 16.3
Matt LaPorta 97 1592 16.4
Kit Pellow 294 4828 16.4
George Springer 65 1077 16.6
Luke Scott 121 2010 16.6
Jerry Sands 136 2263 16.6
Japhet Amador 118 1966 16.7
Ryan Howard 112 1875 16.7
Mitch Jones 254 4294 16.9
Jonny Gomes 115 1946 16.9
Peter O’Brien 49 834 17.0
Chris Carter 182 3108 17.1
Evan Longoria 47 803 17.1
Telvin Nash 77 1316 17.1
Cody Decker 110 1882 17.1
Mike Hessman 400 6872 17.2
Joe Koshansky 186 3198 17.2
Manny Ramirez 72 1238 17.2
Ken Griffey 27 465 17.2
Mark Teixeira 19 331 17.4
Cody Johnson 132 2320 17.6
Matt Adams 82 1442 17.6
Yasiel Puig 13 229 17.6
Alex Rodriguez 40 705 17.6
Ryan Shealy 158 2793 17.7
Jason Dubois 196 3466 17.7
Robert Saucedo 321 5705 17.8
Matt Arburr 38 682 17.9
Prince Fielder 91 1635 18.0
Mark Reynolds 68 1223 18.0
Karim Garcia 56 1008 18.0
Matt Wieters 32 578 18.1
Alex Gordon 48 867 18.1
Bubba Trammell 109 1971 18.1
Jesse Hoorelbeke 74 1339 18.1
Kalian Sams 95 1720 18.1
D.J. Peterson 21 381 18.1
Hunter Pence 70 1270 18.1
Sal Fasano 156 2835 18.2
Pat Burrell 43 782 18.2
Paul Konerko 106 1930 18.2
Wladimir Balentien 157 2860 18.2
Ryan Braun 42 767 18.3
Lance Berkman 58 1062 18.3
Brendan Katin 130 2381 18.3
Ryan McMahon 21 385 18.3
Jason Stokes 92 1688 18.3
Chase Davidson 13 239 18.4
Steve Hill 103 1895 18.4
Taylor Teagarden 68 1252 18.4
Josh Phelps 189 3487 18.4
Pedro Alvarez 46 849 18.5
Ernie Young 319 5889 18.5
Brad Hawpe 111 2051 18.5
Steve McQuail 24 444 18.5
Adam Brett Walker 50 926 18.5
Ruben Rivera 339 6279 18.5
Jared Clark 66 1225 18.6
Mike Olt 67 1244 18.6
Greg Halman 118 2191 18.6
Brandon Larson 153 2852 18.6
Dan Johnson 229 4277 18.7
Brandon Waring 162 3026 18.7
Mike Bianucci 115 2149 18.7
Robert Maddox 36 675 18.8
Andy Tracy 296 5554 18.8
Luis A. Garcia 114 2144 18.8
Evan Gattis 45 853 19.0
Adrian Beltre 74 1403 19.0
Andrew Brown 123 2345 19.1
Nelson Cruz 172 3280 19.1
Andruw Jones 66 1260 19.1
Jack Cust 225 4303 19.1
Corey Dickerson 78 1493 19.1
Adam Dunn 63 1208 19.2
Edgar Quintero 235 4511 19.2
Michael Medina 10 192 19.2
Tagg Bozied 160 3073 19.2

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