Arlington, Texas – 3B Joey Gallo was announced as the 2012 Topps/Minor League Baseball Player of the Year in the Arizona League by Minor League Baseball on Monday.
Gallo, who turns 19 on November 19, was a unanimous selection as the Arizona League’s Most Valuable Player in his first professional season, as he set the league home run record with 18 long balls in 150 at-bats over 43 games. The third baseman batted .293 (44-150) with 10 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, and 43 RBI in 43 games with the AZL Rangers, leading the Arizona League in SLG (.733) and RBI, while ranking among the league leaders in total bases (2nd, 110), walks (T2nd, 37) and runs (3rd, 44) despite missing the final two weeks of the season following a promotion to Spokane. Overall, Gallo combined to bat .272 (56-206) with 22 home runs and 52 RBI in 59 games between the AZL Rangers and Spokane following his selection in the supplemental first round (39th overall) of the 2012 June draft.
Winter League Update:
Arizona Fall League
20-year-old SS Hanser Alberto has tallied 5 straight multi-hit efforts (12-20, .600) to raise his season average to .390 (16-14) in 12 games with the Saguaros, 4th-highest in the AZL…1B Chris McGuiness is tied for 2nd in the AZL with 14 RBI and represented the Rangers in the AFL Rising Stars Game on Saturday…19-year-old SS Luis Sardinas has multiple hits in 4 of 8 games with Surprise, batting .364 (12-33) overall…LHP Jimmy Reyes has allowed just 2 unearned runs in 8.0 innings over 6 relief appearances with the Saguaros, registering 6 strikeouts against zero walks.
Dominican Winter League
OF Engel Beltre has hit safely in 8 of his first 10 games with a plate appearance for Licey, compiling a .400 average (12-30) with a double, 3 triples, and 6 RBI…OF Leonys Martin has been successful on 4 of 5 stolen base attempts through 13 games, ranking 4th in the DWL…3B Mike Olt is batting .286 (8-28) with 4 doubles, a home run, and 5 RBI in 10 games with Licey and his 9 walks are tied for 2nd-most in the circuit…LHP Chad Bell allowed just one unearned run on 3 hits, while recording 4 strikeouts in his last start for Licey on November 1.
Venezuelan Winter League
RHP Wilfredo Boscan has worked 17.2 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts over his first 4 starts for Zulia, holding opponents to a .161 average (10-31).