MINNEAPOLIS — Former Bishop Gorman star Joey Gallo drilled a two-run homer into the second deck in right-center field in the sixth inning that proved to be the difference and rallied Team USA to a 3-2 victory over the World Team in the All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on Sunday afternoon.
Gallo, whose 31 home runs for Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco of the Texas Rangers are tied for the minor league lead, hit his blast off right-hander Michael Feliz (Astros) with one out in the sixth. It came just a half-inning after the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, shortstop Javier Baez, put the World Team ahead 2-1 with a two-run shot to right off right-hander Lucas Giolito (Nationals).
Gallo’s homer traveled 419 feet. He had previously wowed the sellout crowd of 37,000 with an impressive power display during batting practice including one shot that shattered a windshield on a new truck parked in the right-field plaza.
Gallo, 20, who finished 1-for-4, was named the game’s most valuable player.
“Playing with Adam Dunn when he first came up, Gallo reminds me of him,” MLB Network announcer and former All-Star Sean Casey said. “Just kind of that easy pop power. Wow!”
Check out Gallo’s home run in the VIDEO below:
Another Las Vegas product, third baseman Kris Bryant of Bonanza High School who also has 31 homers at the break for Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, went 0-for-3 with a walk.
Las Vegas 51s pitcher Noah Syndergaard picked up the save by working around a single in the ninth. Jake Thompson (Tigers) picked up the win, striking out both batters he faced.