Gallo, who also put on a derby-like spectacle in batting practice, drove a sixth-inning pitch into the second deck in right center field at Target Field, with the home run being calculated at 419 feet. It's par for the course for the exciting prospect, who shares the minor-league lead in home runs with 31 shots while hitting .307/.434/.703 in 290 at-bats between high Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.
"I doubt we'll see him this year," Daniels said. "The plan for him is to stay down (in the minors) and finish the season, but he's tremendous."
Gallo has dominated in Class A, hitting .323, with 21 home runs. The 20-year-old was not in the Double-A lineup Sunday, but should see some playing time soon.
All three of Gallo's home runs Wednesday came on offspeed pitches, per MLB.com.
"I've worked on that a lot," he said. "I've been working with my approach at the plate. I think it's been beneficial and is paying off pretty well right now. I'm relaxed up there."
Gallo is off to a great start in the minors. He now has nine home runs and is slugging .891 in 19 games. He is also batting .359 with a .458 on-base percentage, 1.348 OPS, two triples, three doubles, 22 RBI and 21 runs.
Gallo is even cutting down on his strikeouts and walking more. His walk rate is up to 18.1 percent.
"I'm laying off pitches and deciding which pitch to hit and which not to hit," he said. "That's helped a lot so far. I'm laying off pitches in the dirt, laying off high pitches. Going up there with a plan of what they're going to do to you."
Gallo is also hitting for average, batting .333. He has a .421 on-base percentage, 1.171 OPS, two triples, three doubles, 16 RBI, 17 runs, 12 walks and 21 strikeouts.
Gallo has totaled 68 home runs through 188 games in the minor leagues. He is also slugging .645 with a 1.015 OPS over that stretch.
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