This MLB insider has an answer to Joey Gallo’s struggles on the plate in pinstripes.

ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked Gallo fourth among the many top-10 left fielders in Main League Baseball this week. In his evaluation, Olney defined that Gallo would profit from fewer pressure-filled conditions the place he has runners on base.

In different phrases, he believes New York ought to think about using Gallo within the leadoff spot in 2022. 

Here is Olney’s tackle the state of affairs:

The Yankees ought to think about placing him within the leadoff spot and encourage him to simply do what he does greatest, which is to get on base. He had a .379 OBP with the Rangers on the time the Yankees acquired him, and by batting him within the No. 1 spot — or one of many backside three spots — Aaron Boone might rescue him from having to bat with runners in scoring place early in video games, moments that fueled the boos he heard. Final season, Gallo hit .162 with runners on base, .240 when he led off innings. The primary a part of the 2022 season could possibly be essential in figuring out whether or not Gallo is a match for the market or, like Sonny Grey, may be extra comfy elsewhere.