By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
April 2, 2012
Joey Gallo is one of these big dudes with raw power. I never turn down raw power, just as long as I know the limitations that usually come with it.
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The deal with Gallo is he is a left-handed Dave Kingman, who could throw hard enough to be considered a pitching prospect, and whose raw power set him apart. Just like Kingman back in the day. I don’t think Joey Gallo is going to win any batting titles in his future. He might lead the league in strikeouts, but he also might lead the league in home runs. He’s a big, strong physically imposing guy who has the ability to wait for a mistake and hit the ever-living shit out of it. In that regard, he’s pretty much Harper. I’ll keep my Kingman comp on Gallo, even knowing that most modern comps will veer toward Adam Dunn. But that’s OK. Hey, the best pure hitter out of Vegas in the past five years isn’t Gallo or Harper. It’s Bryant.
Giolito handled him in Vegas with hard velocity and then threw him a change-up, I guess, because he wanted to experience college baseball while he was still in high school. Giolito beat Gallo twice, then got beaten with a change. So that’s the deal on Gallo. Good stuff will beat him, but it’ll beat me, too, so who cares. He’ll destroy ordinary stuff and mistakes and he’ll make a living feasting off the crappy fringe that fills most major league staffs these days. He’ll catch up to high heat sometimes and sometimes high heat will beat him. There’s not a lot of guess work here. He’ll be streaky but he can has raw power and that gets you drafted good any year. Somebody will always gamble on power.