5 Things Texas Rangers Fans Need To Know About Joey Gallo

5 Things Texas Rangers Fans Need To Know About Joey Gallo

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Joey Gallo is one of the most highly-touted prospects the Texas Rangers have had in recent years. A notorious power hitter who must continue to reduce his strikeouts and draw more walks, the 2014 All-Star Futures Game MVP should get some big league seasoning as early as next month. Here are a few tidbits that Texas' fans might not know about the Rangers' No.1 prospect.

5. Bryce Harper's Childhood Teammate

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5. Bryce Harper's Childhood Teammate

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Gallo played with Harper on a club travel team while growing up in Nevada and was hugely successful protecting the future No. 1 overall pick from the cleanup spot. He also finished his high school career with a record-breaking 67 home runs.

4. Monster Power Hitter

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4. Monster Power Hitter

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The 39th overall selection in the 2012 draft, Gallo is no stranger to mammoth home runs and dazzled fans with his batting practice long balls at this year's All-Stars Futures Game. As a teenager, he hit a 443-foot blast at the 2011 Perfect Game All-American Classic at Petco Park.

3. Jason Giambi Factor

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3. Jason Giambi Factor

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Gallo spent five days a week for three months this past offseason working with the former big league slugger who has 440 career homers and has led the AL in walks four times. After tallying 172 strikeouts last year, the top prospect has improved his plate discipline this season and his strikeout to walk rate is at acceptable levels.

2. Reigning MiLB HR Champion

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2. Reigning MiLB HR Champion

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Gallo became the first teenager in more than 50 years to smack 40 dingers in the minors en route to the Joe Bauman Home Run Award. The Frisco RoughRiders third baseman currently has an MiLB-best 37 home runs to lead the race for this year's minor league home run title.

1. MLB Top Prospect

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1. MLB Top Prospect

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Ranked No. 4 on Baseball America’s 2014 Midseason Prospect Update, Gallo trails only high-profile prospects Byron Buxton, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa. The improvement of his swing and plate discipline were noted for his lofty jump from No. 60 in BA's preseason rankings.

Marvin Moore is a Texas Rangers writer at RantSports. Follow him on Twitter at @SportsMarvin, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your circles on Google.

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