Anthony Gallas is one of the hottest hitters in the Indians’ organization.
You’re forgiven if you don’t know who he is, but that’s because you’re not alone.
Gallas received little to no interest during the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, even after a prolific career at Kent State which saw him set school records for career home runs and RBI. He went undrafted, and eventually signed with the Indians (his favorite childhood team) for a bonus that he described as “so small, it’s embarrassing to tell” — thought to be roughly $1,000.
After spending years in the low minors and being signed as a college senior, Gallas is already 26 — practically ancient for a minor leaguer. He knows that time isn’t on his side, but won’t use that as an excuse, he told the Plain Dealer.
I think [the clock is] always ticking no matter what level you’re at. I can’t control anything outside of how hard I work.
Gallas began this season by hitting a solid .276/.331/.480 in 239 plate appearances for Class A-Advanced Carolina, adding 8 home runs and 31 RBI.
He was 3 years older than the average player in the Carolina League and the second-oldest position player in the league overall, but that shouldn’t take anything away from how well he had been playing there. He was also named to the Carolina League All-Star Team, and the Indians rewarded him with a promotion to Double-A Akron a week ago.
What he’s done there is nothing short of ridiculous.
Yes, you read that correctly. Gallas is hitting .385/.370/.692 in 6 games for the RubberDucks (he has 27 plate appearances and 26 at-bats, if you’re wondering why his on-base percentage is lower than his batting average).
Now, to be fair, 6 games is a very small sample size. But Gallas has been hitting well all season, and seems to be handling the jump to Double-A pitching (which is a difficult transition) quite well.
But peaks and valleys are nothing new to Gallas, and if there’s anyone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to prove himself through adversity, he’s the man.
After playing in just 14 games last season as a result of injuries, Gallas trained 8 hours a day last offseason to get himself ready for this season, and to show the Indians what he was capable of. So far, so good.
The odds still aren’t in his favor, but Gallas isn’t worried.
I think a lot has to do with how my parents raised me and my dad always told me how to never give up. When you believe in something no matter how crazy people think you are, you can do it.
If Gallas can continue hitting the way he has been this season, his perseverance just might pay off.