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Video: Joey Gallo goes way deep in second MLB at-bat

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Rangers prospect Joey Gallo punched a two-run single past White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche in his first career major league plate appearance. An argument could be made that it should have been ruled an error. There will be no such argument from the result of his second major league plate appearance

The official distance on that two-run bomb was 418 feet. Gallo registered a pair of 40-homer seasons in the minor leagues and is now having an immediate impact as Adrian Beltre’s temporary fill-in at third base.

Video: Joey Gallo’s first career plate appearance in the major leagues results in two runs scoring

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Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo is making his major league debut on Tuesday evening at Globe Life Park and he smacked a two-run single in his first major league plate appearance

That probably could have been scored an error, but he did hit it very hard. Gallo was batting .314/.425/.636 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 34 games this season at Double-A Frisco when the Rangers decided to promote him to cover for Adrian Beltre’s thumb injury. Gallo had 42 home runs last year in the minors.

Rangers call up power-hitting top prospect Joey Gallo

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Joey Gallo, the slugging third baseman/outfielder who ranked as a consensus top-20 prospect coming into the season, has been called up to the Rangers for his MLB debut in the wake of Adrian Beltre’s thumb injury.

Gallo blasted 42 homers in 126 games between Single-A and Double-A last season and picked up where he left off this year, hitting .314 with nine homers and a 1.061 OPS in 34 games at Double-A.

He strikes out a ton–478 times in 330 games as a minor leaguer, including 164 times in 102 games at Double-A–which is why many people are skeptical about Gallo’s ability to hit for a good batting average in the majors. His power potential, however, has never been in question and 40-homer power can make even a .250 hitter plenty valuable.

Beltre is expected to miss less than a month and the Rangers have indicated that Gallo’s stay in the majors may not last beyond that, but if he’s thriving as a 21-year-old big leaguer it’ll be tough to send him back down to the minors.