The New York Yankees made a blockbuster trade for Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo before the MLB trade deadline. Across his seven-year MLB career split between the two aforementioned teams, Gallo has been renowned for his raw power from the left side.
With that said, Gallo has attracted attention over the last few seasons for a multitude of reasons with his power being just one of them. He has become a fascinating case study that few, if any, across the sport can replicate in both production and impact.
Here’s why Joey Gallo is MLB’s most-unique player.
Joey Gallo is a boom-or-bust hitter who walks
To put it simply, Gallo raises hell on fastballs. He’s one of the most-intimidating hitters in the sport, as he slugs and unleashes on pitchers at a highly-productive rate.
Joey Gallo combined stats (2021): .213/.370/.477, 29 home runs, 63 RBIs, 80 hits, 89 walks and 157 strikeouts
Regarding Gallo’s power, the Yankees’ outfielder entered Tuesday in the top-three percent of MLB in barrel percentage (18.1%), top-five percent in maximum exit velocity (115.1 mph) and top-eight percent in average exit velocity (92.3 mph) per Statcast. He’s also two seasons removed from posting a .986 OPS and 22 home runs across just 70 games. This doesn’t even take into account back-to-back 40-plus home run seasons in 2017 and 2018.
Now let’s assess the latter half of Gallo’s combined accumulations with the Yankees and Rangers. Gallo currently averages roughly two strikeouts for every hit, yet he leads the league in walks. Huh? Yes, despite striking out at one of the highest rates in the sport, Gallo does an exceptional job of getting on base via working the count.