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Zac Gallen

Zac Gallen

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 191 | Age: 23
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 3, #106, St. Louis Cardinals) - North Carolina
Gibbsboro, NJ USA
MLB Pipeline Rank:
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Fastball Velocity
Fastball Spin
Curve Spin
K%
Exit Velocity
Hard Hit %
Pop Time
Framing
Outs Above Avg
Sprint Speed
xwOBA
xBA
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Poor
Avg
Great

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 5 0 1.16 8 8 0 54.1 64 0.55
Career Minors 23 17 2.90 65 62 1 345.0 336 1.18
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 8 5-0 1.16 54.1 64 0.55
Career Minors 65 23-17 2.90 345.0 336 1.18

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2016 GCL Cardinals GCL ROK 0 0 1.86 6 3 1 9.2 7 2 2 0 0 15 0.72
2017 3 Teams Minors 10 8 2.93 26 26 0 147.2 138 56 48 11 35 121 1.17
2017 Palm Beach Cardinals FSL A(Adv) 5 2 1.62 9 9 0 55.2 44 14 10 1 10 56 0.97
2017 Springfield Cardinals TEX AA 4 5 3.79 13 13 0 71.1 76 33 30 8 19 42 1.33
2017 Memphis Redbirds PCL AAA 1 1 3.48 4 4 0 20.2 18 9 8 2 6 23 1.16
2018 New Orleans Baby Cakes PCL AAA 8 9 3.65 25 25 0 133.1 148 60 54 14 48 136 1.47
2019 New Orleans Baby Cakes PCL AAA 5 0 1.16 8 8 0 54.1 21 9 7 4 9 64 0.55

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Cutter: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

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.

Regarded as a back-of-the-rotation starter, Gallen gets results without plus stuff. His upper-80s cutter has been 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 tops out at 94 but plays up because he creates downward plane and commands his heater 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 the organization's pitching prospects and is knocking on the door of the big leagues.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
01/22/2019 Miami Marlins invited non-roster RHP Zac Gallen to spring training.
02/08/2018 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to New Orleans Baby Cakes.
02/08/2018 Miami Marlins invited non-roster RHP Zac Gallen to spring training.
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.
09/03/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
07/10/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
06/26/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
06/03/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Palm Beach Cardinals.
04/04/2017 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from GCL Cardinals.
06/24/2016 RHP Zac Gallen assigned to GCL Cardinals.
06/23/2016 St. Louis Cardinals signed RHP Zac Gallen.