Former Pelican Gallo makes historic major league debut

pel-gallohomerTexas Rangers fans found out what Myrtle Beach Pelicans knew about Joey Gallo this time last year – the kid can play.

The top prospect in the Texas system showed folks what all the fuss is about in his major league debut Tuesday. Gallo homered and drove in four runs, powering the Rangers to a 15-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park.

Gallo’s four RBIs are a franchise record for a player in his first big-league game. The sweet-swinging lefty stole the show with a single, a homer and a double in his first three at-bats before finishing 3-for-4.

Gallo was called up earlier in the day from Double-A to replace injured third baseman Adrian Beltre in the lineup.

A supplemental first-round draft pick in 2012, Gallo hit 40 homers in the low minors in 2013, then hit 42 homers last year – 21 for the Pelicans despite spending only two months in Myrtle Beach.

Gallo was named the 2014 Carolina League MVP despite departing the Pelicans on June 8. In only 58 games, he was the league leader in RBI (50), runs scored (53), on-base percentage (.463), slugging (.735), and walks (51).

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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