Texas Rangers’ outfielder Joey Gallo can hit it far and throw it fast. Those attributes can fit the bill for the recent surge of home runs and strikeouts in Major League Baseball. He has used those abilities to make some crazy plays so far in his MLB career. Here are some of them.
More Home runs than Singles
Joey Gallo has played 416 games so far in his major league career. He has 281 hits in those games. Out of those 281 hits, 105 of them are singles and 110 of them are homers. In 2018, Gallo hit 41 long balls and 32 singles. The next year, he hit 40 homers and 38 singles. Having more home runs than singles in multiple different seasons is impressive, and he has done that so far for his entire career.
Statcast: Home runs
Joey Gallo has been showing his strength at the plate since he was a rookie. This video is the second homer of his career that got into the second deck in Texas.
Joey Gallo hit a ball that Statcast recorded at a projected distance of 490 feet. It was in 2017, and it was his 38th long ball of the season. It ended up being recorded as the third longest homerun of the 2017 MLB season.
Another notable dinger that Gallo hit was off the foul pole in Texas. It was against Jameson Taillon of the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a linedrive that Statcast recorded to have a 114.4 MPH exit velocity. Statcast also recorded the hit to have had a hang time of just 3.1 seconds while getting only about 45 feet off the ground.
Statcast: Strong Arm
Along with his strong bat, Joey Gallo can also throw hard. He has 19 career outfield assists, throwing over 90 MPH multiple times. One impressive stat he had was throwing out Jason Kipnis at third after Yan Gomes singled to right field. That throw was recorded by Statcast at 100.4 MPH.
Another one of Gallo’s impressive plays was when he made a catch in center and then doubled up the fast Byron Buxton, who was trying to tag up to third. That throw was recorded at 94.7 MPH with a travel distance of 254 feet. A video of that throw can be found here.
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