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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.
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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.
|Adam Brett Walker||50||926||18.5|
|Luis A. Garcia||114||2144||18.8|