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Zac Gallen

Zac Gallen

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 191 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 3, #106, St. Louis Cardinals) - North Carolina
Gibbsboro, NJ USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 3 5 2.66 14 14 0 74.1 91 1.22
1 Season 3 5 2.66 14 14 0 74.1 91 1.22
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 14 3-5 2.66 74.1 91 1.22
1 Season 14 3-5 2.66 74.1 91 1.22

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 2 Teams 310 3 5 2.66 14 14 0 74.1 57 23 22 5 34 91 1.22
2019 MIA NL 151 1 3 2.72 7 7 0 36.1 25 12 11 3 18 43 1.18
2019 ARI NL 159 2 2 2.61 7 7 0 38.0 32 11 11 2 16 48 1.26
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Cutter: 60 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 50

A 2016 third-round pick out of North Carolina by the Cardinals, Gallen barely pitched in his pro debut but advanced to Triple-A during his first full season. The Marlins acquired him in the December 2017 Marcell Ozuna trade as part of a package that also included Sandy Alcantara, Magneuris Sierra and left-hander Daniel Castano. Gallen spent all of 2018 in Triple-A, ranking second in the Pacific Coast League with a 3.65 ERA and 136 strikeouts, before dominating that level this season and earning his first big league promotion. But after pitching well in seven starts for the Marlins, Gallen was on the move once again, this time going to the D-backs for Jazz Chisholm at the Trade Deadline.

Regarded as a back-of-the-rotation starter coming into 2019, Gallen has raised his profile with improved stuff and command. His upper-80s cutter is his bread-and-butter pitch, and he works it to both sides of the plate with the ability to backdoor it for strikes against left-handers. His low-90s fastball has added a tick or two of velocity this year, now topping out at 95 and playing up because he creates downward plane and locates it so well.

Gallen also keeps hitters off balance by varying the speed on his changeup and curveball, with the latter a slightly better offering. He does a nice job of repeating his clean delivery, allowing him to fill the bottom of the strike zone. He has one of the highest floors among Major League-ready pitching prospects and his ceiling appears higher than initially expected.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 1284 181 9 5.0 86.9 13.0 .210 .335 .283 .288 .350 34.8 29.4 11.0
ALL 1284 181 9 5.0 86.9 13.0 .210 .335 .283 .288 .350 34.8 29.4 11.0
MLB 39849 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .409 .318 .318 .371 34.5 21.6 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
06/23/2016 St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Zac Gallen.
06/24/2016 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to GCL Cardinals.
04/04/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from GCL Cardinals.
06/03/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
06/26/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
07/10/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
09/03/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
12/14/2017 Miami Marlins traded LF Marcell Ozuna to St. Louis Cardinals for LHP Daniel Castano, RF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Sandy Alcantara and RHP Zac Gallen.
02/08/2018 Miami Marlins invited non-roster RHP Zac Gallen to spring training.
02/08/2018 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to New Orleans Baby Cakes.
01/22/2019 Miami Marlins invited non-roster RHP Zac Gallen to spring training.
06/20/2019 Miami Marlins selected the contract of RHP Zac Gallen from New Orleans Baby Cakes.
07/31/2019 Miami Marlins traded RHP Zac Gallen to Arizona Diamondbacks.
08/03/2019 Arizona Diamondbacks activated RHP Zac Gallen.