Scouting Reports for Texas Rangers' Prospects in 2014 Futures Game
The 2014 Futures Game is July 15 and features some of the brightest young talents in the minors.
The Texas Rangers will have two players representing the organization this season. They are both rated in MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list and would have played in the game’s 2013 version if it weren’t for injuries.
Those two players are third baseman Joey Gallo and catcher Jorge Alfaro.
Both players are having great seasons with Gallo earning a promotion to Double-A Frisco and Alfaro leading most statistical categories among Carolina League catchers. Having missed out on last year’s contest, the two stars will be looking to show the world what they didn’t get to see last season.
Here are the scouting reports for both Gallo and Alfaro. Their organizational rank is based off of a prospect ranking I put together before the start of spring training, and stats will be as of July 10.
3B Joey Gallo, Double-A Frisco
MLB.com Top 100 Rank
85 G, .307/.434/.703, 16 2B, 3 3B, 31 HR, 73 RBI, 73 R, 65 BB, 113 SO
Gallo has been torching minor league pitching since being a first-round selection by the Rangers in 2012.
Last season, the 20-year-old was crowned home run king after hitting a combined 40 dingers between the Arizona Rookie League (2) and Class A Hickory (38). This season has been no different, leading all minor leaguers with 31 homers.
However, Gallo has improved many other areas of his game. He has shortened his swing and is far more patient at the plate, already accumulating more walks this season (65) than last season (50). His batting average is also 56 points higher this year (.307) and is driving the ball to all fields.
The only issue with the Bishop Gorman product is his number of strikeouts, which continue to rise at an incredible rate. After totaling 172 K’s last season, Gallo has 113 this year with 50 games still left to play. While striking out just once a game would see an improvement, tallying at least 150 punchouts two years in a row is hardly something to brag about.
Considering his ability to hit any pitch out of the ballpark, strikeouts have become a moot point for Gallo. He continues to struggle at third base as well, but his remarkable power should be all scouts are looking at him for at this point.
His presence at the plate is something that will terrorize pitchers for years to come and is something most baseball fans will notice come July 15.
C Jorge Alfaro, High-A Myrtle Beach
MLB.com Top 100 Rank
83 G, .261/.321/.423, 17 2B, 3 3B, 10 HR, 59 RBI, 52 R, 21 BB, 86 SO
Alfaro is considered by some to be the Rangers’ top prospect and adds fuel to the argument by improving behind the plate.
The 21-year-old is a converted infielder, and MLB.com says he is still raw defensively behind the plate. However, he has a tremendous arm and has thrown out 29 percent of potential base stealers. And while he is projected to be the club’s starting catcher for the future, he does show an ability to play first base, too.
Alfaro also continues to show promise at the plate. As previously mentioned, he leads many of the Carolina League’s offensive categories among catchers. Those include hits, homers, runs, RBI and stolen bases, among others.
His numbers earned him a spot on the Carolina League All-Star team.
Playing at a large ballpark such as the Pelicans’ TicketReturn.com Field has limited some of his power, but it hasn’t slowed him down at other parks in the Carolina League.
Eight of Alfaro’s league-leading 10 dingers have come on the road. He also has more hits, runs and RBI away from home, although his batting average is slightly higher at the Pelicans ballpark.
The Columbia native has a lot of tools for a young catcher. He has a great chance to show the world all of them with a strong showing at Target Field.
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