Joey Gallo, Infield, Texas Rangers, #13
Date of Birth: 11/19/1993
Birthplace: Henderson, Nevada
Joey Gallo, infielder for the Texas Rangers, was a top player in high school before being drafted by the Rangers in 2012. His high school record of 67 home runs was the most ever for a Nevada high school baseball player. In his senior year, he was named the Nevada Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. That year, he batted .509 with 21 home runs and 80 RBIs.
Gallo played in the minor leagues from 2012 through 2014. In 2013, he had the most home runs (40) of any minor league player. The following season, he had 42 home runs, 119 hits, 19 doubles, 106 RBIs, and a .271 batting average in 126 games. Defensively, he did not play well, making 19 errors and finishing the 2014 season with a .941 fielding percentage. From 2012 through 2014, he had 278 hits, 54 doubles, 104 home runs, 246 RBIs, and 429 strikeouts to 185 walks in 296 games. As a third baseman, he made 507 assists, 181 putouts, and 57 errors in 268 games.
Gallo was called up to the Rangers on June 2, 2015. He had three hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in his first major league game. He finished the 2015 season with 36 games with the Rangers and 87 games in the minors.
Gallo spent most of the 2016 season in the minors, playing in just 17 games with the Rangers.