Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada
Born: November 19, 1993
Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas has one of the most storied baseball programs in the nation. In addition to winning six consecutive state championships, the school has also produced several talented prospects, including one of 2012′s top two-way players, Joey Gallo.
Gallo has flashed an incredible arm on the mound, capable of producing 91-94 mph fastballs—but, believe it or not, at the plate his potential is immense. He offers some of the best power in this class. According to Perfect Game, balls have been clocked at over 100 mph coming off of his bat.
He played at third base for a while, and it would make the most sense for him to stick there as a pro due to his cannon arm, but at 6’5″ and 220 pounds, he’s slowly outgrowing just about every position except for first base or maybe an outfield corner. He can look incredibly stiff at times too in the field, so limiting any kind of defensive impact he can have on the game might be for the best.
His bat didn’t look as good as advertised at this year’s National High School Invitational, but he’s had an incredible season to date. In the end it will be his tools (plus power, plus arm strength) and not his stats that will get him drafted early on day-one.
Gallo could be a tough sign, considering his commitment to LSU.