Pelicans star Gallo named CL Player of the Month

pel-gallohomerThe Carolina League announced on Friday that Myrtle Beach Pelicans third baseman Joey Gallo has been named the Carolina League Player of the Month for May.

It is Gallo’s fifth award of the season, having been named the League’s Player of the Week three times already and the Rangers Minor League Player of the Month in April.  The Carolina League Player of the Month award is voted on by the eight league managers.

Gallo, 20, hit a MiLB-leading 12 home runs while batting .326 in the month of May. He drove in 26 runs in 28 games over the last month, including a three-home run, five RBI night on May 16. He finished May with a bang, tying the franchise-high with a seven-RBI performance that included a grand slam and three-run home run on May 30 at home against the Carolina Mudcats. In all, Gallo had three multi-home run games in May and has five on the season.

He led the Carolina League in most offensive statistical categories for May including homers (12), extra-base hits (17), RBI (26), runs (26), walks (26), on-base percentage (.483), and slugging percentage (.783), while he was fourth in batting average (.326).

Currently, Gallo is hitting .323, the third best mark in the league. He leads the league in a bevy of offensive categories and leads the minors or shares the lead in the minors in home runs (21), walks (51), slugging percentage (.735) and OPS (1.199) among qualifying active players.

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