The Texas Rangers will promote top third base prospect Joey Gallo tomorrow, general manager Jon Daniels said on the Ben and Skin Show on CBS Dallas Fort-Worth this evening.
The moves comes as a result of Adrian Beltre's injury, as he was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprain and laceration in his left thumb. Gallo's call-up is only expected to last while Beltre is on the disabled list, as he still likely needs more minor league seasoning.
Despite what is to be a short stay in the big leagues, Gallo's call-up has to be a welcome sight to Rangers fans who have watched the 21-year-old mash minor league pitching since his selection 39th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft.
In 1,410 plate appearances, Gallo has slashed .268/.382/.628/1.010 with 133 homers, 277 runs batted in, 478 strikeouts, and 209 walks. He has played in 330 games, with 288 of them coming at third base and none of them being in a level above Double-A.
Gallo was rated as the 6th-best prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to this season and has only helped his stock, hitting .314/.425/.636/1.061 in 146 Double-A plate appearances thus far.