Peoria Round-up: Sean Gallagher

RHP Sean Gallagher is one of the most talked about names in the Cubs' farm system this year. The 12th round pick out of St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a year ago made six starts with Class-A Peoria this year before finally giving up an earned run.

"I set high goals for myself coming into this season, but I never expected to be doing this well," said Gallagher, 3-1 with a 0.21 ERA with the Chiefs. "My goals were to come up here and work on my location; to build my stamina; to spot my off-speed pitches; and to develop my curve. I just wanted to have a good season."

With a plus-5:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, an opponents average of .120, and Minor League Baseball's best ERA this season, Gallagher has done just that so far. Despite facing 26 more right-handed hitters, all but one of his nine walks this season have come against lefties.

"I let a few pitches get away from me here and there," Gallagher said. "That's what happens."

Gallagher went 1-2 with a 3.12 ERA in 10 games for the Mesa Cubs in 2004. He said his top priority in the offseason was hitting his spots.

"Working on keeping my arm and lower body in shape was very important, too," Gallagher said. "In Spring Training, I did the same thing. So far, it's worked out."

It goes without saying that pitching in the warm climates of Florida and Arizona is an altogether different environment than the chilly, often downright cold Midwest League in the early weeks of the season. But for Gallagher, the transition was one that took little effort.

"It came natural," he said. "I've never had a problem adapting to the weather. There's definitely a difference, but I don't worry about it."

Gallagher features a low-90's fastball, 12-to-6 curveball, changeup and slider in his repertoire.

He allowed a run and five hits over seven innings in his most recent start against Beloit last Wednesday, striking out six without allowing a walk.

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