ARLINGTON, Texas -- The big bat of Joey Gallo is getting closer to Globe Life Park in Arlington. The 20-year-old power hitter was promoted to Double-A Frisco on Sunday along with right-handed pitcher Alex "Chi Chi" Gonzalez.
Gallo, 20, has 21 homers, tied for the most in all of professional baseball. Nelson Cruz leads the big leagues with 21 homers for the Baltimore Orioles. Gallo leaves Class A Myrtle Beach as Carolina League leader in home runs, RBIs (50), runs scored (53), on-base percentage (.463), slugging (.735) and walks (51), and was third in hitting at .323.
Gallo led all of minor league baseball in home runs last year with 40.
Gonzalez, 22, led Myrtle Beach in wins and was tied among starters with a 2.62 ERA, good enough for fifth-best in the Carolina League. The No. 23 overall selection in 2013, Gonzalez has held opponents to a .222 batting average and has struck out 49 and walked 16 in 65 1/3 innings.
Gallo and Gonzalez were selected as Carolina League All-Stars.