Rookie third baseman Joey Gallo had an incredible Major League debut with three hits, including his first Major League home run, and four RBIs to lift the Rangers to a 15-2 win over the White Sox on Tuesday night.
Gallo’s home run came in the third inning with one on and one out. He crushed a first-pitch fastball off of White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija into the upper deck in the right-field porch that was projected by Statcast™ to land 445 feet away from home plate. It left the bat at 108 mph.
Just arrived from the Rangers’ Triple-A outpost in Round Rock? Apparently not:
Catcher Carlos Corporán said: “We lost one of the best players and we bring that guy from Double-A and perform the way he did was freaking awesome.”
The Frisco RoughRiders, then. (Thank you, Carlos, for your eloquence.)
Gallo is 21 and has hit lots of long balls in his day: in 2013 he won the Joe Bauman Home Run Award, swatting forty for the Class A Hickory (North Carolina) Crawdads. And one of the great things about this game is that you can totally unironically have a team called the Crawdads.