Young Brewers Prospect Gallardo Showing Moxie, Maturity

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers say right-handed pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who turned 21 less than two weeks, has been very impressive this spring in his first major league spring training camp.

He led all of the minors last season with 188 strikeouts, the most ever by a Brewers prospect.

And he's gotten better at each stop, finishing in AA Huntsville with a 1.63 earned run average in 13 starts.

Brewer manager Ned Yost says Gallardo's it right in and felt like he belonged from the minute he walked in.

General manager Doug Melvin mentions Gallardo in the same breath as recent young talents like Seattle's Felix Hernandez and the Los Angeles Angels' Jered Weaver.

He says what makes Gallardo unique is how prepared and solid he is both in his mechanics and his maturity.

He was born in Michoacan, Mexico, but moved with his parents to Fort Worth, Texas, when he was four years old.

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