Giancarlo Stanton has a career strikeout rate of 28.1% at the MLB level. As the trade off of power for punch outs becomes more widely accepted by baseball fans and prospect followers, so will the level of forgiveness for minor league power hitters like Joey Gallo. The Rangers third base prospect hit 42 home runs, but struck out 179 times — his second consecutive season of 170+ whiffs. How easy is it to project the young slugger at the MLB level?
Rangers prospect Joey Gallo possesses two very well-known attributes: 80-grade raw power and extraordinarily high whiff rates. After demolishing the High-A Carolina League where ROTOscouting had a first look, the high-profile third baseman has struggled to the tune of a .232 average since a promotion to Double-A Frisco. Is Gallo the next 40+ home run slugger, or is he the next strikeout-induced bust?
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