2022 Player Outlook
Gallegos nearly reached 100 strikeouts last year, but that was more a product of logging a career-high 80.1 innings on the bump. His strikeout rate last year of 30.6 percent is still very good, but it is a sizable decrease from his 33.3 percent mark in 2019 and 36.8 percent in 2020. He didn't throw his slider as much as he did in 2020, trading it in for more fastballs, and attempting to mix in a changeup a bit more. To his credit, per Baseball Savant's run value, both his fastball and slider posted a mark of at least -10. Impressive. There's some big competition for the ninth-inning role in St. Louis, as there's a couple of guys, led by Gallegos and Reyes, that can dominate the ninth-inning. Ideally, his strikeout rate is closer to 35 percent than 30 percent this year, but St. Louis trusts him in high leverage, and his walk rate of 6.5 percent isn't going to put him too much in harm's way. In a closer role, Alex Reyes has more upside, but Gallegos just might have the inside job to the closing gig to begin the year.