New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo would be a huge bat for the Colorado Rockies
Two or three decades ago, there’s a chance that Joey Gallo might not even be on a team. After all, he has a sub-.210 batting average in four of the last five seasons. However, Gallo’s former team, the Texas Rangers, and his current team, the New York Yankees have Gallo around for a few reasons.
Gallo, 28, is the poster child for the “three true outcomes.” In 2021, he either struck out, walked, or homered in 58.8 percent of his plate appearances, which was by far the highest of anyone in baseball in an era where the “three true outcomes” are at an all-time high at just above 35 percent.
Part of the reason why Gallo’s average is so low is that teams shift to the right side for the left-handed-hitting outfielder. After all, he pulls the ball 10 percent more than the average MLB player. But when he does get a hit, it is usually a mammoth home run with his phenomenal exit velocity and barrel percentage.
Despite having walls that would be further back than most stadiums if he was at Coors Field, the thinner air would be a perfect haven for Gallo to tee off on some balls and hit them into the Rock Pile, the Captain’s Deck, or to The Rooftop.
Gallo is also a great defender as he has 28 Defensive Runs Saved since 2020 so having him in the big Coors Field outfield would be another positive
The Rockies also love their versatile players and Gallo can play left field and right field and has experience in center field, first base, and third base as well.
The Yankees could look to get rid of him this offseason because, despite them trading for him at the trade deadline last year, the Yankees already have a lot of “three true outcomes” players (Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, the aforementioned Luke Voit, etc.)
Gallo, under the current CBA, is a free agent after next season so he could be a perfect player for the Rockies to target in free agency.