News: 1 day agoGallo (illness) joined team workouts for the first time Friday.
Spin: Gallo's arrival had been delayed due to a positive coronavirus test, though he was reportedly asymptomatic. Following two negative tests, he's now back with his teammates. With Opening Day just two weeks away, it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be ready to handle a full workload from the start of the season.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: "Three true outcomes" hitter: Thy name is Joey Gallo. No player in baseball history has seen a greater percentage of his plate appearances end in a home run, walk or strikeout than Gallo (59%). But while he's an all-or-nothing type, his flaws aren't nearly as damaging as many of the models who have come before him. While Gallo's 2019 season ended July 23 due to a broken hamate bone, until that point he had boosted his line-drive rate to 25% and posted top-six Statcast numbers with his 93.0 mph average exit velocity, 52.3% hard-contact rate and 11.4% barrel rate per trip to the plate, things that make him the most truly threatening power source in all of baseball. When healthy, Gallo stakes a legitimate claim to a 50-homer, 100-walk, albeit 200-strikeout, ceiling season, and his improving metrics make him less of a drain on your batting average than once feared. Check back on him during spring training to ensure no lingering injury effects, but if he's in the clear, he's a potential points-league monster (top 25-capable) who should also find himself in the season-ending Player Rater top 50.