2012 Draft Scouting Report: Joey Gallo

The Texas Rangers selected power-hitting third baseman Joey Gallo with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 MLB Draft on Monday. Scout.com National Baseball Expert, and former Rangers scout, Frankie Piliere scouted Gallo last summer at the Perfect Game National Showcase.

Name: Joey Gallo
Position: Infield
School: Bishop Gorman H.S. (Nev.)
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 205
Bats/Throws: L/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase


Joey Gallo, IF, Bishop Gorman H.S. (Nev.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Gallo is an extra long, lean player with a lot of room to fill out. Just how much he fills out will also determine his long term position. The way he's currently built he's capable of playing a premium position, but at 6-foot-5 and with a naturally broad frame, he may fill out to be physically massive.

Hitting

For an extra tall hitter, Gallo manages to stay pretty short to the baseball. He'll shoot the ball to the opposite field gap with some authority and stays inside the ball nicely. Still, most of his approach is based around lifting and driving the ball. Gallo might not be your typical high average hitter at the next level, but his approach is sound, he'll take his walks, and knows how to pick a pitch to drive.

Power

No one in the high school class puts on a batting practice show like Joey Gallo does. He drives the ball out to the big parts of the field effortlessly and hits downright majestic blasts. He stands very upright in his swing and uses his height to his advantage. In terms of swing mechanics, his approach is very similar to former Major Leaguer, Cliff Floyd. This is a potential 8 power hitter on the 2-8 scouting scale. It doesn't get much better at this level than Gallo.

Speed

Gallo has about average speed and that may decline a bit as he continues to mature physically. He's a good athlete, however, and I wouldn't expect him to lose to much of that over the years.

Fielding

Position is the biggest lingering question when it comes to Gallo. He plays all over the diamond, including shortstop and third base. Ultimately, I think he'll outgrow those positions. With his arm, I'd like to see how he'd do in right field. He has the solid athleticism, plus throwing arm, and offensive profile for the position. But, considering that throwing arm, third base could still be an option if he maintains his current frame.

Summation

Gallo's game is centered on being a potent lefty power bat. He also pitches and has a lot of upside there. In fact, he worked at 92-94 mph at the PG National. But most teams will likely prefer his potentially special left-handed power. We're looking at a potential .275 hitter with 35-40 home run power and scouts know those don't grow on trees. And, if he moves to right field down the road, his profile works out nicely.

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