Pelicans’ Gallo nabs Player of the Month for Rangers

pel-gallohomerThe Texas Rangers announced on Thursday that Myrtle Beach Pelicans third baseman Joey Gallo has been named the Texas Rangers Minor League Player of the Month for April.

Gallo, 20, hit .317 over the month with nine home runs, the second most in the minors. Starting all 24 games in April, he knocked in 22 runs. He also ranked among the MiLB leaders in slugging percentage (2nd, .744), total bases (T-8th, 61), extra-base hits (T-9th, 15), and RBI (T-16th, 22).

The Henderson, Nevada native knocked out three homers in the same game in a 21-6 win over the Frederick Keys on April 23. He drove in six runs in that game as well. The slugger homered multiple times twice during the month and homered on consecutive days twice as well. He reached safely in 23 of the 24 contests and strung together two different seven-game hitting streaks.

He is currently hitting a team best .326, third among Rangers minor leaguers and fourth best in the Carolina League. His 32 RBI leads the Texas farm and is behind only Winston-Salem’s Courtney Hawkins for the league lead (33).

The award is the second consecutive Player of the Month award for Gallo who won the award for August/September of last season playing for the Rookie Arizona League Rangers and the Class A Hickory Crawdads. Gallo was selected in the supplemental first round in 2012 (39th overall) by the Rangers.

Since becoming a Rangers affiliate in 2011, the Pelicans have won three Player of the Month Awards. Gallo joins current Chicago Cub Mike Olt who won in April 2011 and Andrew Clark who won in August 2011. While no Pelicans player won Player of the Month in 2013, Alec Asher won Pitcher of the Month in April, Francisco Mendoza won reliever of the month in July, and Drew Robinson won Defender of the Month for August/September.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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