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Isaac Galloway: Marlin on the Rise

Galloway is set to begin his 11th season in the Marlins organization.

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For the 2016-17 offseason, we counted down the Top 100 all-time Marlins. This offseason, we will instead cast our eyes ahead. I’ll be outlining the Top 100 Marlins prospects, as chosen by you on the listing.

The second week of the countdown, and our 93rd ranked prospect in the system is Isaac Galloway. He’s a 28-year-old, 6’2”, 205 lb. center fielder from Pomona Valley, California. Born on October 10th, 1989, the Marlins selected him in the eighth round of the 2008 MLB amateur draft, with the 238th overall selection.

Galloway joined the GCL Marlins in the rookie league after his selection, and slashed .286/.303/.417 over 48 appearances in center field. He hit .486 over a nine game streak from August 12th through the 24th in 2008. On August 16th, he hit three doubles and scored twice with an RBI in a 7-5, 11th inning victory.

In 2009, Galloway joined the Greensboro Grasshoppers for 83 games, and slashed .268/.293/.382, while stealing 15 bases. On April 19th, he went 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, three runs, and two stolen bases in an 8-6 win against the Greenville Drive. He also got some time in right field, starting 30 of his 83 games at the nine versus 53 in center.

2010 would see Galloway play in 30 contests due to injury and slash just .200/.259/.290 with the high-A Hammerheads. He didn’t play a game after May 17th. He played in a career-high 110 contests in 2011 back with the Grasshoppers, with 16 homers, 53 RBI and 17 stolen bases while slashing .241/.269/.418. On July 12th, in a 9-3 win against the Charleston RiverDogs, Galloway batted ninth and collected four RBI on two homers and a double.

Galloway again missed the majority of the season with injuries in 2012, again with the Hammerheads. As with his other shortened season, his stats took a hit, slashing just .223/.243/.317 in 39 games. He stayed with the Hammerheads yet again in 2013 to start the season, and in 89 games he slashed .271/.297/.406 with 26 stolen bases. On April 27th, he hit a single, a double, and a triple, scoring twice and collecting four RBI in an 8-7 loss to the Palm Beach Cardinals.

In 2014, Galloway toiled away at the double-A level for the entire season with the Suns, playing in 110 games and racking up a .217/.254/.328 slash line with four homers, 39 RBI, and eight stolen bases. He played most of the 2015 season with the New Orleans Zephyrs, where he went .249/.278/.358 with 14 stolen bases, nine homers, and 42 RBI in 123 games.

Galloway played 2016 with the Zeps as well, and put up a similar .254/.312/.374 slash line, with 10 homers and 31 stolen bases in 129 contests. He spent a large portion of the 2017 season back on the DL, but slashed .327/.397/.553 across four minor league levels in 49 combined games.

Galloway’s ceiling is probably emergency fifth outfielder with the Marlins. At the age of 28, it’s unlikely he develops further. His one undeniable skill is his speed, but at his relatively advanced age, it seems as if that, too, has an expiration date. Still, stranger things have happened. Justin Bour didn’t make his debut until he was 26, and he’s had a lot of relative success. We will just have to continue to watch.

Check back tomorrow for a look at Florida native Shane Sawczak.