Giovanny Gallegos was signed as an international free agent by the New York Yankees in 2012. The 6’2” right-handed reliever is booked from Obregon, Mexico and will play most of the 2017 season at the age of 25.
Gallegos pitched most of the season out of the bullpen for the Gulf Coast League Yankees and was dominant. He finished the year with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings, while striking out 22 and only walking two. Batters hit only .206 against him, and his WHIP was an impressive 0.81. He started his career in the Yankees organization throwing 19 innings without allowing an earned run. Gallegos also started four games in 2012 but never went more than three innings in any of his outings.
Gallegos was turned into a full-time starter in 2013 while pitching for the Staten Island Yankees. He struggled to a 4.27 ERA over 65.1 innings. This season would be Gallegos first and only season as a full-time starter.
The start of the 2013 campaign was shaky for Gallegos. In his third start of the year, he got roughed up, allowing six earned runs. His next four starts went much better for the young right-hander. Over those four starts, Gallegos allowed just one earned run over 19 innings.
From July 23rd to the end of the year, Gallegos struggled mightily. Over those nine starts, he allowed at least one earned run in all of them. He also did not pitch more than four innings in any of those outings.
Gallegos started 2014 as a starter for the Single-A Charleston RiverDogs and continued to struggle. The organization then made the decision to move him to the bullpen on May 4th. Gallegos has exclusively worked out of the bullpen for the rest of his career except for one last start at the end of the year.
In 23 of his 26 outings out of the bullpen, Gallegos pitched more than one inning. He finished the year with a 4.57 ERA in 88.2 innings pitched, and struck out 91 batters.
Gallegos spent all but five outings of his 2015 campaign in Advanced-A Tampa. In his 30 bullpen appearances for Tampa, Gallegos pitched to a 1.35 ERA in 53.1 innings. Batters hit just .172 against him. He also converted five out of seven save opportunities.
One again, most of Gallegos outings were for more than three outs. In an outing for Trenton in early September, he 3.1 scoreless innings, which was his longest outing as a reliever in over a year.
Gallegos also spent time at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he appeared in two games and throwing three scoreless innings.
In 2016, Gallegos had everything clicking on the mound. The Mexican-born righty split the year between Trenton and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and pitched to a combined 1.27 ERA in 78 innings while accumulating 106 strikeouts. All of which are career highs for Gallegos. He also had four saves in seven opportunities.
While in Trenton he pitched 33 innings, with an ERA of 1.09 over 33 relief outings. He also had an uptick in strikeouts, racking up 53 of them. This turned out to be the best stretch of Gallegos young career. In Scranton/Wilkes-Barre he pitched 45 innings and allowed just seven earned runs. That calculates to a 1.40 ERA. He also struck out 53 batters while in Triple-A.
Gallegos has good size on the mound at 6’2”, which allowed him some leverage on the mound. His fastball with sit around 93 which is plenty good enough if it is located well. Ever since becoming a full-time reliever, Gallegos has flourished. He will need to refine his off-speed pitches to take the next step, which is ultimately in The Bronx.
Gallegos will start 2017 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was recently added to the 40-man roster which makes it very possible for him to be called up to the big leagues at some point this year. He could be a guy that rides the “Scranton Shuttle” for most of the year unless he separates himself from the rest of the pack. At worst Gallegos will be a September call-up, but if he continues to perform at a high level in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he will force his way up to New York shortly.