Gallo has spent the last year in the Bronx, coming over from the Rangers in a huge deadline deal last summer. At the time, the power outfielder was fresh off his second career All-Star nod and had a .223/.379/.490 line with 25 home runs in 95 games. The Yankees no doubt envisioned his left-handed pop playing perfectly in the short right field at their home ballpark, but Gallo’s tenure in New York was a disappointment.
The 28-year-old hit a .160/.303/.404 line through 58 games after the trade last year. Although he has always been a high strikeout player, he has seen his punchouts rate rise from 32.2% to 38.6%. He still connected on 13 homers with the Yankees, but the 70-point drop in batting average and on-base scores was certainly not what general manager Brian Cashman and his staff had in mind.
The Yankees kept Gallo through arbitration in hopes that his production would bounce back toward his career norms. The opposite happened, as his struggles became even more pronounced in 2022. Gallo’s strikeout rate was close to its level in late 2021 (38.8%), and his power has taken a step back. He has hit 12 homers in 82 contests, while watching his average exit velocity drop from a strong 91.3 MPH to a near-average 88.4 MPH. Gallo still draws plenty of walks, but his batted-ball average metrics are not enough for a player who strikes out as often as he does.
More to come.