Prospect Gallo earns rare double honor

Prospect Gallo earns rare double honor

HOUSTON -- Third baseman Joey Gallo, ranked by as the top prospect in the Rangers' system and No. 8 overall, has earned a rare double honor, selected to both the Class A Carolina League and Double-A Texas League postseason All-Star teams.

Gallo, who split time this season between Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco, was also the Carolina League Most Valuable Player.

Gallo started the season in Myrtle Beach and hit .323 with 21 home runs, 50 RBIs and a .735 slugging percentage in just 58 games. He went into Thursday's game for Frisco hitting .235 with 20 home runs, 51 RBIs and a .523 slugging percentage. His 41 homers tie him with Tom Robson (1974) for the most by a Rangers Minor Leaguer.

The Rangers aren't planning to call up Gallo in September, since he does not have to be protected on the 40-man roster this winter, but he is expected to be invited to big league Spring Training camp.

Gallo was joined on the Texas League All-Star team by first baseman Trever Adams and utility infielder Odubel Herrera.

In addition, Jake Wood was named Manager of the Year, and pitching coach Jeff Andrews won the Mike Coolbaugh Texas League Coach of the Year Award. The Carolina League team also includes catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielders Nick Williams and Chris Garia.

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.