When he was just 17 years old, Gallo hit a 442 foot home run at Petco Park, the 10th longest ever in that stadium, off current Braves prospect and fellow first rounder Lucas Sims during the 2011 Perfect Game All American Classic in San Diego.
High school hero
Gallo hit .466 with 67 home runs, a Nevada high school record, in 569 plate appearances in his four years at Bishop Gorman High School in Summerlin, Nev. He batted .509 with 21 homers and 80 RBIs in his 2011 12 senior season and was named the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and a High School All American.
Maybe he’s got some innings left in his arm.
Gallo was also a prolific high school pitcher. According to the Las Vegas Sun, he could throw 100 mph. According to the Myrtle Beach Sun Times , the two remain close and still talk regularly.
The Rangers took Gallo with the 39th pick of the 2012 MLB draft. He was committed to LSU, and it took the Rangers $2.25 million, well over the $1.325 million slot, to sign him. He started his career with the Arizona League Rangers, where he hit an Arizona League record 18 home runs and was named the Arizona League MVP.
Who’s your Craw daddy?
With the Class A Hickory Crawdads of the South Atlantic League in 2013, Gallo became the first teenager since Dick Simpson in 1962 to hit 40 or more home runs in a minor league season when he hit exactly 40. Gallo also won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award for hitting the most home runs in MLB Jerseys China
the minors for 2013. “When you see him hit something, you won’t forget,” says Justin Mashore, the Rangers’ Triple A hitting coach. “You’ll tell your grandkids about when you saw him hit those home runs that everybody talks about.”Ahead of the 2014 season, Gallo worked out with Colorado Rockies jersey cheap shortstop Troy Tulowitzki jersey cheap and Cleveland Indians jersey cheap slugger Jason Giambi at the Philippi Sports Institute in his hometown of Las Vegas. He worked with Tulowitzki primarily on defense and Giambi on hitting. “The biggest thing I wanted to teach Joey was self awareness of his swing, where he didn’t really need anybody to help him,” Giambi said.