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Joey Gallo: A force for the 2019 season

Joey Gallo: A force for the 2019 season

Joey Gallo is a force, both offensively and defensively.

After 500 at bats under his belt during the 2018 season, Gallo had a batting average of .209 with 92 RBI and 40 homeruns.

Spring Training has wrapped up, and the 2019 season officially starts Thursday. It’s safe to say that Joey Gallo has been mentally and physically preparing for what’s to come. He’s locked in and ready to fight any battle coming his way. This could very well be Gallo’s breakout season. Gallo kept the bats hot and rolling during the offseason downtime. Constantly practicing, bettering his swing every day and even incorporating bunts into his offensive routine. He’s a power hitter, defensive utility, team leader and inevitably an All-Star in the making. He truly stands out among the rest.

The new Texas Rangers manager, Chris Woodward has found a different position for Gallo this year. Rather than him taking over 3rd base, after losing Adrian Beltre to retirement at the end of the Rangers 2018 season, he’ll be playing the corner outfield spots, with the occasional start in center field. Gallo’s versatility will be a huge asset to the Rangers in 2019.

Along with fellow left-handed hitters Nomar Mazara, Triple-A-bound Willie Calhoun, Rougned Odor, and Ronald Guzman, Gallo will hit in the middle of the lineup, and the Rangers will rely on him heavily. If he can hit curveballs more consistently, Gallo will be a force to be reckoned with going forward. The Rangers will need Joey Gallo’s offensive production now more than ever, given the lackluster pitching that the Rangers have set for this upcoming season.

Gallo missed 10 days of spring training due to a strained right groin. He took a few at-bats over the weekend in minor league games and during Monday’s exhibition game at Globe Life Park. According to Chris Woodward, Joey is 100 percent now and will be starting in left field on Opening Day.

 

Staff writer covering the Texas Rangers.

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