Scouting report: Rangers pick Joey Gallo

June, 4, 2012
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The Texas Rangers, as compensation for C.J. Wilson signing with the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, took third baseman Joey Gallo from Bishop Gorman High School in Nevada with the 39th overall selection.

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He was rated No. 23 by ESPN.com. Here's the scouting report on the 6-foot-5, 220 pounder:
Gallo would be a potential top 10-pick as a pitcher, but his preference for hitting is so strong that he doesn't tell scouts when he's scheduled to pitch, leaving him more of a back of the first round guy because of questions over whether he'll hit enough to get to his power.

That power might be the best raw juice in the draft, and the left-handed hitter will crush towering flyballs to right and hard line drives out to left-center. Gallo is strong top to bottom with quick hands and a smooth rotational swing that tends to get long as he extends his arms; he swings and misses more often than you want a high school hitting prospect to do, and you can't hit for power in pro ball if you can't make contact. Gallo's borderline on defense at third, a good athlete who may just end up too big for the position, but has the arm to play anywhere on the field -- including the mound, where he'll sit in the mid-90s and reach 97, although his secondary stuff is raw and he hasn't worked to refine his craft.

I'd take a flier on him at the back of the first round for his potential as a low-average, high-power bat in the majors at third or first, but there's also a real risk that he doesn't make enough contact to stay a position player and ends up on the mound in three or four years.

Texas also picked high school right-handed pitcher Collin Wiles with the 53rd pick. That is their final one of the day. The draft continues on Tuesday.
Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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