With Adrian Beltre suffering a dislocated thumb suffered Sunday, the third base landscape is going to look a little different over at least the next few weeks. Beltre will be placed on the DL, meaning he will be out for at least two weeks, but the injury could cost him further time.

In light of that news, the Rangers are planning to call on top prospect Joey Gallo to fill the void. Clearly, Gallo gives them a better chance to win right now than any other possible in-house replacement options. Is the same true for Fantasy? What should Fantasy players expect from Gallo as he begins his major-league career?

That is an extremely tough question to answer, for so many reasons. Pinning down what a player will do when he hasn't even seen Triple-A is tough enough, but especially so when it comes to Gallo and the unique skill set he brings to the table. It's hard to argue with the results so far in his minor-league career -- .282/.382/.628, one home run every 10.4 at-bats -- but the process raises some questions.

Gallo has struck out in 37.5 percent of his plate appearances at Double-A going back to last season. Looking through recent strikeout-happy top prospects who have gotten the call to the majors, it's hard to find anyone who even approaches the level Gallo is at. Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton, George Springer, Mike Olt, Joc Pederson and Jonathan Singleton all struck out in close to one-quarter of their plate appearances in the minors, numbers that aren't even in the same neighborhood as Gallo.

Even someone like Brandon Wood, whose inability to make consistent contact led to him becoming one of the bigger prospect failures of the last decade, only struck out in 28.5 percent of his plate appearances at Double-A as a 21-year-old. What makes Gallo so impressive, however, is the way he has managed to post elite production across the board, in spite of his strikeout rate -- his .259/.365/.561 line is nearly identical to Stanton's .263/.365/.562 line, despite Stanton Striking out 11 percent less often.

Let's take a look at some projection systems to establish some expectations. BaseballProspectus.com's PECOTA system provides a wide range of possible outcomes when projecting players, so that can give us a pretty good idea of what Gallo is capable of. His 10th percentile projection -- basically the most pessimistic of the range -- has him hitting .181, but still managing a .224 ISO while striking out in 41.6 percent of his trips to the plate. His 90th percentile sees his average jumping to just .258, with a .322 ISO and 36.3 percent strikeout rate.

His weighted mean projection -- considered the most likely outcome -- from PECOTA is a .222/.307/.500 line, with a 38.7 percent strikeout rate. At FanGraphs.com, Steamer has him hitting .230/.302/.480, with a 34.8 percent strikeout rate if he gets the call. So, he should hit for power and he should strike out a lot. That's not exactly breaking news, given what Gallo has done in the minors. What's so hard to figure out is just how much of his minor-league success he can translate to the majors, given his skill set.

Looking through his most similar players via PECOTA, only one player among his top-10 struck out nearly as often as Gallo does in the high minors: Cody Johnson, an outfield prospect for the Yankees who flamed out of baseball at 24, after hitting just .215/.293/.415 in the high minors. Basically, players who strike out as often as Gallo does don't find success very often among the highest levels of competition. Of course, it usually becomes clear they can't hack it well before they even reach Double-A, let alone the majors. 

Joey Gallo's power could be as prodigious as anyone in baseball. (USATSI)
Joey Gallo's power could be as prodigious as anyone in baseball. (USATSI)

Gallo seems exceptional in just about every way. In the last five seasons, including 2015, 22 different players have struck out in at least one-third of their plate appearances at Double-A while logging at least 200 plate appearances at the level (140 for 2015), including Gallo twice. That alone makes him stand out, before even looking at the rest of his production.

The players who aren't Gallo among that group averaged a .727 OPS and .329 wOBA over their 20 collected seasons, with the highest marks coming from the aforementioned Cody Johnson, who posted .856 and .368 marks, respectively, in the Eastern League in 2012. Gallo has bested both marks by significant margins in each of his Double-A seasons, including a .314/.425/.636 mark currently.  

That is, as much as anything, a testament to Gallo's raw ability. He has needed a .372 BABIP in Double-A just to maintain his middling .259 overall average, but that might actually be somewhat sustainable, given how consistently he has managed to pull that feat off so far. He has posted a BABIP of .305 or better in each stop in the minors, and should be someone -- like Stanton or Mike Trout -- who can sustain a high mark in that regard. 

However, the margin for error is going to be very, very slim. You can succeed in the majors while striking out a lot, but as Singleton showed last season, it's very, very hard. Singleton's 2014 probably represents the worst-case scenario for Gallo, as he struck out in 37.0 percent of his trips to the plate en route to a .168/.285/.335 triple-slash line despite his 13 home runs in 95 games. 

If that's the floor, what is the ceiling? It's pretty hard to say. In 2009, Mark Reynolds hit 44 home runs, with a .260/.349/.543 line, despite striking out in 33.7 percent of his trips to the plate. Mark Reynolds isn't really a name that inspires a ton of confidence these days, but he was a very useful Fantasy option at one point, thanks to his elite power at the third base position. 

It's hard to rank Gallo too highly when there are so many question marks surrounding his game, of course. You probably have to put him in the 20-25 range at third base moving forward, while accounting for his huge ceiling as well as the possibility that he can't make enough contact and finds himself back in Frisco whenever Beltre's thumb is healthy. 

Gallo is, without question, a must-add player in nearly all formats, despite his flaws. His upside is so high, that you can't risk someone else riding his 30 homers to a championship. In the end, you have to add him and ask questions later.