ARLINGTON – When it comes to top-rated prospects, sometimes it’s best that you don’t believe the hype. That wasn’t the case Tuesday night for highly touted rookie Joey Gallo.
His first major league at-bat came in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Gallo hit a 2-run single. The 6’5,” 205-pound newbie burst onto the scene going three for four with 4 RBIs, a franchise record for most RBIs in a debut.
It helped the Rangers on their way to a 15-2 victory over the White Sox. Gallo’s night was highlighted by a sky-high two-run homer in the 3rd.
Not too bad for a guy who just reached legal drinking age this past November.
But even during his dry years, Gallo has always found a way to make a splash. He hit a walk-off homer in his first game in Double-A with the Frisco Roughriders. In last year’s Future’s Game, he hit a home run that broke the windshield of a truck in right field.
Maybe it’s just destiny. Gallo and fellow young slugger Bryce Harper played together in Little League. Oh, and he goes by the nickname “Gobbles.”
But no matter what you call him, this lefty seems to be a natural. Expect plenty of fireworks in the near future.