Rangers prospect Gallo hits 27th homer of year

Rangers prospect Gallo hits 27th homer of year

The move to Double-A hasn't done much to subdue Joey Gallo's immense power, as he showed once again Saturday night.

The Rangers' No. 4 prospect hit his 27th home run of the season, sending the Frisco RoughRiders to a 3-0 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks. The 20-year-old slugger's three-run shot, his second dinger in as many nights, also gave him a four-game hitting streak.

Gallo's 27 homers between Class A Myrtle Beach and Frisco lead not only the Minor Leagues, but all of professional baseball. Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz leads the Majors with 23 homers.

Gallo's power is hardly a question, however, as he hit 40 homers in 111 games in the Minors last year. But the rest of his numbers are up across the board, too.

Gallo, ranked No. 78 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, has hit six of those 27 homers in 12 games with the RoughRiders, to go along with a .279/.404/.721 batting line and 14 RBIs. He hit .323/.463/.735 with 21 homers and 50 RBIs in 58 games for Myrtle Beach before his promotion.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.