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.

Buster Posey likely to undergo season-ending hip surgery

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Giants catcher Buster Posey will likely undergo season-ending surgery on his ailing right hip, which has bothered him since May, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Executive VP of baseball operations Brian Sabean said it’s a “safe assumption” that Posey will go under the knife. The procedure would clean out bone spurs and address the labrum, which is the soft tissue around the hip socket.

Posey didn’t start Sunday’s game and went 1-for-6 on Monday against the Mets. He’s batting .286/.360/.386 with five home runs and 40 RBI in 439 plate appearances this season. It will go down as his least productive season among those in which he has appeared in 100 games.

Nick Hundley would take over full-time catching duties if Posey were to have his season cut short. Hundley has performed decently, hitting .247/.296/.452 with nine homers and 30 RBI in 199 PA.