Hours before Joey Gallo hit his 22nd home run of the season and fourth for the Spokane Indians, his Short-Season Class A manager shared his observations about the 2012 second-round draft pick.
“He’s been good here," said Tim Hulett, a former major leaguer. "He’s a 6-5, 220 kid and third baseman. He is really good athletically at third base, which was a little bit of a surprise to me. You know, a guy that big, you’re not sure if he’s going to move around all that well, but he has done a fantastic job playing third base. Offensively, he comes in with the reputation of hitting moon shots, and he didn’t disappoint.”
Hulett was a guest on Rangers Magazine (ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM) and also discussed this season for the Indians, former University of UT-Arlington outfielder Preston Beck, catcher Jorge Alfaro (who played in Spokane last year), pitcher Kyle Hendricks (who was part of the Ryan Dempster trade and played for Hulett last year), Mitch Moreland (who played his first pro season in 2007, Hulett’s first season managing Spokane) and how former managers Tony La Russa and Johnny Oates impacted his career.
Gallo’s 22 home runs this season include his work before being promoted from the Arizona League. The 18-year-old's home run Sunday was in the home finale of this season, and it will not be the last for the Rangers' affiliation in Spokane. The Rangers' player development contract with the Indians was extended through 2014.
Hulett has been the manager for the Rangers' minor league affiliate in the Northwest League for the last six seasons. The former major league infielder spent parts of 12 seasons playing for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and St. Louis Cardinals.
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