Texas Rangers third baseman prospect Joey Gallo was named the 2012 Topps/Minor League player of the year in the Arizona League by Minor League Baseball on Monday.
Gallo, who turns 19 later this month and was selected in the supplemental round of the 2012 draft (39th overall), set the league home run record with 18 in 150 at-bats over 43 games. He hit .293 with 10 doubles and a triple and led the Arizona League in slugging (.733) and RBIs. And he did all of it despite missing the final two weeks after he was promoted to Spokane (Short-A).
Winter League update (as sent over by the Rangers today):
Arizona Fall League -- SS Hanser Alberto, 20, 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).