16. Isaac Galloway - Outfield - 6'2 - 190lbs - Throws: Right - Bats: Right
(last year: NR)
The Marlins took a bit of a gamble and drafted Isaac Galloway out of Los Osos HS in Rancho Cucamonga, California in the 8th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He fell in the draft because many of a disappointing senior season, not to mention the fact that he had a strong commitment to San Diego State. The Marlins felt lucky enough to sign him for $245,000.
Galloway impressed in his brief professional debut in the Gulf Coast League. In just under 200 at bats, he had 19 extra base hits and stole 4 bases. He didn’t show great discipline, walking just 4 times while striking out 33 times but being so young, that isn’t a major concern right now.
The 6’2 right-handed swinging Galloway showed off his tools in the GCL and even though he hit just one homerun, most believe he will have atleast average power. He’s a fantastic athlete, being clocked in the 6.5-6.6 range in the 60 yard dash. His plus arm and overall speed will allow him to be a very good defensive centerfielder.
Everything comes naturally to him right now and he has yet to face much adversity on the baseball fields. Scouts love his maturity at such a young age as well. Depending on how much the Marlins front office wants to push him, Ike could open up 2009 anywhere from extended spring training all the way to Low-A Greensboro.