Behind the Breakout: Joey Gallo
Greg Jewett dissects potential breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
Well, it could be happening. Speculating on how good Joey Gallo might be if he only raised his average to the .230 range could be gaining traction. It’s a small sample, but, through 19 games, Gallo’s slashing a robust .273/.388/.712 with eight home runs in only 80 plate appearances. There’s no doubting his Statcast appeal. Gallo owns a 98 MPH average exit velocity on his 40 batted ball events so far with a 102.8 MPH average fly ball and line drive exit velocity. His 18.2 degree launch angle enables his power sparking a glorious 32.5 barrels per batted ball event percentage.
Gallo generates a hard hit event on Statcast, an exit velocity of 95 MPH-plus, at an alarming 65 percent clip to this point with 26 within his 40 batted ball events. Yes, exit velocity continues to rise across the board this year, but not at Gallo’s rate which resides five MPH above his number from last year. He’s also upped his walk percentage to 16.3 while his strikeout rate receded slightly to 35.9...