By: Ranger Periera
The Marlins 8th round pick(238th overall) said he would sign no matter what if taken in the first two rounds of 2008’s MLB draft, so taking him in the 8th round was a little bit risky for the Marlins. With a commitment to San Diego State and the fact that he has shown 5 tool potential gave Galloway, a Rancho Cucamonga, CA native, quite a bit of leverage. But that didn’t stop the Marlins from drafting him, quietly signing him, and getting him started in Jupiter with the GCL Marlins rookie team.
The 6’2/190 Galloway graduated from Los Osos High School and played in the 2007 Aflac All American game(where he had two hits, a stolen base, and two runs scored), a game that also featured 2008 #1 overall pick Tim Beckham and Marlins 1st rounder Kyle Skipworth.
Galloway has a strong arm in CF and the range to get to any ball he needs to who takes good routes. At the plate, he is a contact hitter with a good eye and who has power to all fields. While he might have to move to a corner spot eventually, he is more than capable of handling CF right now. He is projected to be a 20/20 guy down the road, as he continues to mature.
While he only has four professional games under his belt, the upside this young ballplayer has is literally “sky’s the limit”. For the Marlins, taking a chance on this young ballplayer from the Inland Empire, knowing full well he could just as likely have ended up a San Diego State Aztec, was a risk that was very worth taking.