Name: Giovanny Gallegos
DOB: August 14, 1991
Repertoire. Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Changeup.
Fastball. Gallegos has always had a quality big league fastball at his disposal. He used to sit in the 92-93 mph range as a starter in his younger days and now will sit mostly in the 93-96 mph range as a reliever. What also hasn't changed is the looseness in his delivery and arm motion either, so while the velocity is plus on the radar gun it actually has the appearance it is coming in a bit harder than it actually is given the fact there is little to no effort when he throws. That little extra giddy-up and late life explosion allows his fastball to play a level higher, and his command has really improved almost to an elite level in recent years too.
Other Pitches. Different than most highly effective late-inning relievers, Gallegos doesn't really have a dominant go-to secondary pitch in his arsenal. If pressed it's probably his curveball as the secondary offering of choice but that's not really a given. The break and the velocity still aren't 100 percent consistent but when it's going right it's a power curveball with great 12 to 6 diving action that sits in the low-80s, and while not a true plus pitch it is clearly his best secondary offering. He has a slider he mixes in half the time too, a quality big league offering that averages 85-87 mph, and he rounds out his repertoire with a big league changeup as well that shows decent fade and depth. All three secondary pitches grade out a tick above average, with the curveball the lone better exception.
Pitching. Gallegos, despite throwing pretty hard with a deceptive fastball, isn't really a 'stuff' guy as much as a pitch-ability reliever. He throws mostly fastballs with pinpoint control and then keeps hitters guessing by mixing in an array of three other pitches he can drop in for a strike any time, and that is his biggest strength; while most opposing batters gear up for a two-pitch, late-inning reliever, Gallegos steps in with a reliever's velocity but a starter's repertoire and that different look than what's expected gives him a competitive advantage. He has a real aggressive approach too. He hates issuing the free pass and goes right after batters. He works very quickly too and his innate strike-throwing ability makes him extremely efficient so often times he gets out of innings a hurry, which can be a huge plus for the defense behind him.
Projection. There was a time at the beginning of his professional career where Gallegos had the ceiling of a front-half big league starting pitcher given the depth of quality pitches in his arsenal and a fastball that showed long-term plus potential given the looseness in his delivery. Several years later and while the stuff hasn't changed much the projection has. He hasn't started for a couple of years now so the starting role doesn't seem likely but given his efficient ways and number of pitches he can still provide some serious length pitching out of the bullpen, going multiple innings and even on consecutive days perhaps, and he also has the kind of highly effective fastball that will play very well in short-inning relief outings too. He provides the Yankees a lot of role flexibility even pitching just out of the bullpen; he can be a spot starter, be a multi-inning setup man, or even a short-inning setup guy if need be. Gallegos has the stuff and command to be a veritable 'Swiss army knife' type reliever at the big league level.
ETA. 2017. Several years ago we pegged his eventual big league arrival time as 2016 and we appear to have been a year off. Just added to the 40-man roster in recent weeks, Gallegos appears poised to make his big league debut sometime in 2017 where he'll most likely spend the majority of the year on the Bronx-Scranton shuttle.