Rangers' Gallo crushes homer into players' lot

Rangers' Gallo crushes homer into players' lot

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joey Gallo hit his second home run of the spring, and this one can officially be classified as a monster shot.

Gallo, Texas' No. 1 prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com, crushed an 0-1 pitch from Angels starter Matt Shoemaker deep over the right-field wall in Sunday's Cactus League game at Tempe. The ball landed in the players' parking lot and was last seen bounding it's way toward Tucson.

"I think it was a slurve," said Gallo. "He doubled up on it. The first pitch, I swung through it, but I was able to stay back a little longer and get just enough of it to keep it stay fair.  

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"I think he hit it pretty good," first baseman Mitch Moreland said. "Topspin, line drive. … That's a good one."

Gallo also had a home run on Friday against the Brewers in Maryvale.

"Spring Training last year, I felt close to this, but this year I feel strong and confident and like I belong here more than last year," said Gallo. "[Last year] was my first camp, and I was just trying to figure things out and get comfortable. Now, I know I can play and compete against these guys."

T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.