8/8/2014 10:00 A.M. ET
Pipeline preview: Gallo, Gray set to square off
Top prospects for Rangers, Rockies will meet when Double-A Frisco hosts Tulsa
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Rangers' No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo has one of the most powerful bats, as he has shown by blasting 77 home runs in the last two seasons. Rockies' No. 1 prospect Jon Gray has one of the most powerful arms in the Minor Leagues, with his fastball clocked at up to 100 mph.
The duo will meet for the first time in their careers on Friday, when Gallo and Double-A Frisco play host to Gray and Tulsa. The game, which begins at 8:05 p.m. ET, can be seen on MiLB.TV.
Gallo, ranked No. 8 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, led all Minor Leaguers with 40 home runs in 2013, and he is once again atop the leader board this season with 37 in 108 games. He has adjusted well to Double-A after moving up from Class A Advanced Myrtle Beach in June. In 50 games with Frisco, Gallo is hitting .258/.343/.565 with 16 home runs.
Gallo was joined in Frisco this week by catcher Jorge Alfaro and outfielder Nomar Mazara, two of his former Myrtle Beach teammates. Alfaro, the Rangers' No. 2 prospect, who ranks at No. 33 on the Top 100, hit .261/.318/.440 in 100 games for the Pelicans and homered in his second game with the RoughRiders. Mazara, the Rangers' No. 10 prospect, hit .264/.358/.470 with 19 home runs in 106 games with Myrtle Beach.
The Rockies selected Gray with the third overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and, after a successful professional debut, began him this season with Tulsa. The 22-year old has pitched well this season and enters Friday's game 9-5 with a 3.78 ERA. Gray has struck out 102 batters and walked 34 in 112 innings.
Gray, who is ranked No. 14 on the Top 100 list, is coming off the longest start of his career. He struck out six batters in seven innings last Saturday, holding Northwest Arkansas to one run on two hits and three walks. Gray will look to build on that outing Friday night.
In addition to Gray, several other pitchers ranked in the Top 100 are scheduled to start Friday, including Archie Bradley (No. 11), C.J. Edwards (No. 59), Matt Wisler (No. 68), Anthony Ranaudo (No. 81), Touki Toussaint (No. 84) and Rob Kaminsky (No. 100). Fans can watch Wisler, Ranaudo and Toussaint on MiLB.TV, beginning with Ranaudo and Triple-A Pawtucket facing Charlotte at 12:05 p.m. ET.
Toussaint, the 16th overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, is scheduled to make his debut with Rookie-level Missoula, taking on Idaho Falls at 9:15 p.m. The D-backs' No. 3 prospect began his professional career in the Arizona League, where he struck out 17 batters and walked 12 in 15 innings. Now Toussaint will now move up to the Pioneer League, where he joins outfielder Matt Railey, the D-backs' third-round pick this year.
Top prospect probables
Corey Black (Cubs' No. 20), Tennessee at Mobile
Bradley (D-backs' No. 1), Mobile vs. Tennessee
Chase De Jong (Blue Jays' No. 18), Lansing vs. West Michigan
Anthony DeSclafani (Marlins' No. 3), New Orleans at Memphis
Cody Dickson (Pirates' No. 20), West Virginia at Asheville
Edwards (Cubs' No. 7), Tennessee at Mobile
Luiz Gohara (Mariners' No. 12), Everett at Spokane
Stephen Gonsalves (Twins' No. 15), Cedar Rapids vs. Kane County
Marco Gonzales (Cardinals' No. 3), Memphis vs. New Orleans
Gray (Rockies' No. 1), Tulsa at Frisco
Alec Grosser (Braves' No. 15), Danville at Elizabethton
David Holmberg (Reds' No. 10), Louisville at Syracuse
Luke Jackson (Rangers' No. 3), Round Rock at Nashville
Taylor Jungmann (Brewers' No. 11), Nashville vs. Round Rock
Kaminsky (Cardinals' No. 2), Peoria vs. Wisconsin
Jon Moscot (Reds' No. 15), Pensacola vs. Jackson
Sean Nolin (Blue Jays' No. 11), Buffalo at Durham
Aaron Northcraft (Braves' No. 14), Gwinnett vs. Norfolk
Nick Pivetta (Nationals' No. 19), Hagerstown vs. Kannapolis
Ranaudo (Red Sox's No. 6), Pawtucket vs. Charlotte
Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox's No. 10), Portland at Richmond
Sal Romano (Reds' No. 16), Dayton at Bowling Green
Adrian Sampson (Pirates' No. 19), Altoona at Reading
Antonio Senzatela (Rockies' No. 20), Asheville vs. West Virginia
Toussaint (D-backs' No. 3), Missoula at Idaho Falls
Nick Tropeano (Astros' No. 13), Oklahoma City vs. Iowa
Austin Voth (Nationals' No. 10), Harrisburg vs. Binghamton
Luke Weaver (Cardinals' No. 6), Palm Beach vs. Charlotte
Wisler (Padres' No. 3), El Paso at Salt Lake