2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Joey Gallo
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo and lets fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect from the first baseman during the 2019 MLB season.
With home run production down in 2017, fantasy owners craving power can turn their weary eyes on Joey Gallo . However, he comes with a flaw, batting average. Unless an owner’s willing to punt batting average, targeting Gallo will require roster management. Since the results could be worth the reach, it will require some balance.
In a previous article for Fantasy Alarm, by positions, putting Gallo with Joey Votto could create the following scenario for fantasy:
Other candidates to use with Gallo include Anthony Rendón , Daniel Murphy , Robinson Canó or Lorenzo Cain . Getting a player to accrue enough at-bats with an average at or above three hundred allows for some flexibility.
Last year, Gallo launched 40 home runs in only 500 at-bats with 82 runs, 92 RBI, three stolen bases and a .206/.312/.498 slash line. He produced a .292 isolated power with a 12.8 walk percentage and 35.9 strikeout rate. But, his 49.8 fly ball percentage and 48.5 hard hit rate try to mitigate...