Gallo Could Force Rangers To Make Decisions
had all the markings of a first-round pick in the
2012 draft, but a college commitment to Louisiana State dropped him
beyond the initial 31 picks and into the compensation round.
Even then he lasted eight more picks before the Ranges scooped him up
39th overall out of Las Vegas' Bishop Gorman High, and then wooed him
away from LSU with an above-slot deal worth $2.25 million.
Based strictly on his first go-round as a professional, it appears to be money well spent.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound third baseman was a unanimous choice as the
player of the year in Rookie-level Arizona League after swatting a
single-season record 18 home runs in only 150 at-bats. He jumped to
short-season Spokane and hit four more homers.
But the Rangers are reluctant to get too giddy about Gallo, who turned
19 on Nov. 19. They love his lefthanded pop but aren't prepared to ship
away Mike Olt
and declare Gallo the eventual successor to Adrian Beltre
at third base.
"Some of these guys come quick, but I think a lot can happen between now
and then," general manager Jon Daniels said. "But does he keep getting
bigger? Does he grow off the position? Does he move to another
Olt, who missed time in the Dominican League this offseason after being
struck in the head by a pitch, was mentioned as trade bait for
Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton
during the general manager's
meetings in Indian Wells, Calif.
The Rangers, though, were not willing to ship away their top
power-hitting prospect. Olt can also play first base, and the Rangers
feel like they could be leaving themselves thin at the corners if
injuries were to hit Beltre or first baseman Mitch Moreland
"Gallo is a hell of a prospect," Daniels said. "We like him a lot. We
think he's going to be a good one. The power's going to play. But it's
early to say where and when."
• Shortstop Jurickson Profar
got off to a 4-for-16 start with Licey in
the Dominican League. The Rangers expected the 19-year-old Profar to
alternate between shortstop and second base with the Dodgers' Dee Gordon
through the end of November.
• Outfielder Engel Beltre
was among the Dominican League leaders in
hitting with a .328 average through 22 games. Beltre batted just
.261/.307/.420 in 564 at-bats with Double-A Frisco in 2012.