The key to determining what a future may hold for a top prospect with high hopes such as Joey Gallo, is the players ability to make adjustments and improve in areas of his game where he lacks. Joey Gallo can hit the ball to Saturn… or at least into the windshield of a Saturn at the 2014 Future’s Game 440 feet away. In Rookie and A Ball in 2013, Gallo’s OBP was .338. That number was far too low for a highly touted player in low level ball. However, Gallo’s approach at the plate has matured in 2014. His OBP has increased by 62 percentage points to an even .400. This is a good adjustment made by the young power hitter showing an ability to change.
Nevertheless, there is a much more significant adjustment required if Gallo is going to be the star Rangers’ fans hope for. Gallo has a monster hole on the inside of the strike zone. Up, down, or belt high, Gallo’s long, laborious swing gives him no chance of solid contact to reach these pitches. Unfortunately, the adjustment Gallo has attempted to make has negatively impacted him. He cheats to the inside corner, frequently stepping towards first with his right foot (in the proverbial bucket) and pulling his hips and head way off the plate to be able to get the barrel of the bat on the ball. Even at AA, pitchers are recognizing this flawed attempt to hit in his cold zone and wash him away with tailing pitches outside. In AA this season, Joey Gallo strikes out 41.7% of the time. He must shorten his swing, and focus on contact in sacrifice of power in order to stride forward towards the Major Leagues.