Gallo is ranked the highest of the Rangers' prospects at No. 9. Texas is tied for the fourth-most prospects on the list, with catcher Jorge Alfaro, outfielder Nomar Mazara and pitchers Jake Thompson and Alex Gonzalez also making the list.
FRISCO, Texas -- The man who took Class A Myrtle Beach away from the Rangers has no intention of doing the same with Double-A Frisco.
"This is the perfect partnership," Frisco owner Chuck Greenberg said on Saturday afternoon at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark. "It would be crazy for either club to change that."
GARLAND, Texas -- Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers took a significant step on Wednesday by throwing off the mound in the bullpen for the first time this offseason.
"It went good," Scheppers said. "Everything has been feeling good. I feel healthy, I'm excited for the year."
ARLINGTON -- Alex Gonzalez, the Rangers' top Draft pick in 2013 and their No. 5 prospect according to MLB.com, is coming to his first Major League Spring Training next month. The Rangers' work in rebuilding their rotation this winter means they might be able to keep their hands off him at the end of camp.
By re-signing Colby Lewis and trading for Yovani Gallardo, Ross Detwiler and Anthony Ranaudo, the Rangers have put themselves in position to let Gonzalez and other young starters continue their development in the Minor Leagues rather than being pushed to the big leagues prematurely.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added another strong candidate to their rotation competition by acquiring rookie right-handed pitcher Anthony Ranaudo from the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Texas did so by dealing from the one area of its pitching staff it was most concerned about by sending left-handed reliever Robbie Ross Jr. to the Red Sox. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said they weren't looking to trade Ross, but they couldn't pass up the opportunity to acquire another quality starting pitching prospect.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison has a potential guide to help lead him in his recovery from an untested back operation.
Fellow pitcher Colby Lewis was able to overcome daunting odds in returning to the Rangers' rotation last season after missing 18 months because of flexor tendon and hip operations. The hip replacement surgery was the procedure that had people wondering if Lewis would be able to pitch again.
ARLINGTON -- This has been a winter of content for Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish, who has spent most of it in Texas working out at the Ballpark.
Darvish has a new girlfriend. In November he tweeted to his 1.24 million followers that he was dating Seiko Yamamoto, a four-time world wrestling champion.
ARLINGTON -- Bullpen depth is the Rangers' main focus going into the final weeks of the offseason. General manager Jon Daniels said at FanFest on Saturday that Texas is still looking for relievers before going into Spring Training.
Daniels said the Rangers are looking for both right- and left-handed relievers, but he acknowledged they are a little short on the left side with only Robbie Ross, Alex Claudio and Michael Kirkman coming to camp at this point.
DALLAS -- Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder, making a rare offseason appearance at the team's award dinner, said he is 100 percent healthy.
"I'll play a pickup game right now, I'm ready to go," Fielder said Friday night.
DALLAS -- First baseman Mitch Moreland, who missed most of last season with an ankle injury that required surgery, has avoided an arbitration hearing. That was among the news items released by the Rangers at their awards banquet on Friday night.
Moreland, the Rangers' last unsigned arbitration-eligible player, agreed to a one-year, $2.95 million contract. The Rangers haven't had an arbitration hearing with a player since 2000.
ARLINGTON -- Facing a team that won 114 games in the regular season, Rick Helling threw 119 pitches in an American League Division Series start for the Rangers against the Yankees in 1998. Helling allowed three runs in six innings, walked one and struck out nine.
Looking back 17 years later, Helling estimated that 90 percent of his pitches that night were fastballs. Few, if any, registered higher than 90 mph on the radar gun, but the great Yankees lineup still had trouble catching up to the pitches being called by catcher Ivan Rodriguez on a cool evening in the Bronx.
MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.
Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.
ARLINGTON -- Yovani Gallardo finally made it to Globe Life Park in Arlington on Wednesday for the mini-camp being held for Rangers pitchers this week. All he did was play catch, but it might have been his most significant moment there since a pre-Draft workout with the Rangers in 2004 when he was still at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, Texas.
"I've always wanted to play here," Gallardo said at an introductory news conference after the workout. "Obviously, when the trade rumors started over the weekend, I just took it as a rumor and didn't really think it was going to happen.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers are going to give Ross Detwiler a chance to start in Spring Training. Detwiler, who was acquired from the Nationals in December, knows that he still has to win a job.
"Throughout my career I have had to win a job in Spring Training," Detwiler said after a workout at Globe Life Park on Wednesday. "Nothing is for sure. If I come in and throw well, I'll earn the job. If I don't throw well, I don't deserve the job. Nothing is going to be handed to me."
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers believe they have solved their catching situation by acquiring Carlos Corporan from the Astros on Wednesday.
Corporan is a switch-hitter who will share the duties with Robinson Chirinos. The Rangers have been looking for a second catcher since the offseason began and focused on Corporan after the Astros acquired Evan Gattis last week.
ARLINGTON -- Having addressed their starting rotation with the addition of Yovani Gallardo, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the next step would be adding more bullpen help before Spring Training.
Daniels said he was particularly concerned about the left side of the bullpen, and left-hander Neal Cotts, who filled that role for the Rangers the past two seasons, remains unsigned.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added the impact starting they were looking for when they acquired right-hander Yovani Gallardo from the Brewers on Monday.
Gallardo, who played high school baseball at Trimble Tech in Fort Worth, joins Yu Darvish and Derek Holland as three pitchers at the top of the rotation who could each give the Rangers 200 innings. Colby Lewis could be a fourth if he continues to show he is fully recovered from hip and flexor tendon surgeries.
With the Rangers looking to return to the playoffs after an injury-ravaged 2014, the team acquired pitcher Yovani Gallardo and cold, hard cash on Monday in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas and right-handed pitchers Corey Knebel and Marcos Diplan.
There would have been more sizzle for the Rangers to open up the checkbook and sign James Shields, the last remaining big-name free-agent pitcher in this offseason's marketplace. The headlines would have been bigger if they packaged a group of prime prospects to acquire Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels and the four years and $96 million remaining on his contract.
The Rangers, however, aren't looking to win offseason accolades from the media and fans. They are looking for another American League West title, a trip back to the World Series, and if their whole wish list is met, a World Series championship for the first time in what will be their 55th season of existence.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Ross Detwiler by agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million contract on Friday. First baseman Mitch Moreland is the Rangers' only remaining potential arbitration case.
The two sides are $600,000 apart on Moreland. He is requesting $3.35 million from arbitration, while the Rangers are offering $2.75 million. Moreland made $2.65 million last season when he played in just 52 games and hit .246 with two home runs and 23 RBIs. He missed the final four months of the season because of surgery on his left ankle.
ARLINGTON -- Yovani Gallardo, who is from Fort Worth and still lives in the area, said he is "excited" to be pitching for the Rangers. He said it "means a lot" to be traded by the Brewers to the Rangers on Monday.
But Gallardo wasn't ready to discuss the possibility that his homecoming might only be for one year. Gallardo, who was acquired for three players, can be a free agent after this coming season.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers would like to add a starting pitcher before the end of the offseason, but they say they are not going to sign a big-name free agent and they are not likely to acquire Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels.
Texas has been linked to Hamels as a possible trade partner with the Phillies. But a Major League source said that as much as the Rangers like Hamels, they simply can't afford him. The Rangers are also not eager to part with their top Minor League prospects, as they were unwilling to give up pitcher Alex Gonzalez in any deal involving the Braves and Evan Gattis earlier this week.
ARLINGTON -- Rangers manager Jeff Banister celebrated his 51st birthday on Thursday. Banister did so in the greater Austin area, where the Rangers were making two stops on their Winter Caravan.
Banister, who was hired on Oct. 16, will make his debut as a manager on April 6, when the Rangers open the season against the Athletics in Oakland. When he does, he will be the 21st manager -- full-time or interim -- in Rangers history.
If you're anything like me, when you tune into the NFL playoffs, you'll be thinking about one thing: How good would these quarterbacks be at baseball? As it turns out, we're not the only ones. One of the final four QBs standing was at one time described as a "sure thing as a baseball player" and another could throw a 91-mph heater. Let's see if you can match the baseball career to the player.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with pitcher Neftali Feliz by agreeing to a one-year, $4,125,000 contract on Thursday.
The Rangers still have two arbitration cases pending, with first baseman Mitch Moreland and pitcher Ross Detwiler. On Friday, clubs are scheduled to exchange arbitration figures with their players and hearings will be held in February. The Rangers haven't gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 2000 and expect to avoid one with Detwiler and Moreland.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers announced on Wednesday that individual game tickets -- except for Opening Day -- will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on Saturday, Feb. 28. Tickets will be available at texasrangers.com and at the ticket office at Globe Life Park.
In addition, fans attending FanFest on Jan. 24 will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets for all games except Opening Day. Tickets for FanFest are now on sale at texasrangers.com/fanfest. Tickets for FanFest can also be purchased on the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. at the first-base ticket office.
ARLINGTON -- Robinson Chirinos said he is training to start 150 games at catcher this season. At this point, that could be a distinct possibility.
The question is what will the Rangers do if something happens to Chirinos and he can't start at all. The club's need for a second catcher has been there since the end of last season.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added an intriguing power bat to their Spring Training roster when they signed outfielder Carlos Peguero to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Peguero, 27, is a left-handed hitter who has had some impressive offensive seasons in the Minor Leagues but has not been able to carry that over into the Major Leagues. He was once considered a top offensive prospect in the Mariners' system.
ARLINGTON -- Football season is coming to a close in North Texas. Certainly it has been a memorable one, with the Cowboys winning the NFC East, TCU and Baylor sharing the Big 12 title, the national college championship game being played in Arlington on Monday night and local high schools Allen, Cedar Hills, Aledo and Ennis winning state titles.
Now it is time for the real countdown to baseball and Spring Training. As of Monday morning, there were 40 days left until Rangers pitchers and catchers report to Surprise, Ariz., on Feb. 20, with the first workout the following day.