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Saints Go Back-To-Back With Weekly Award, Anthony Gallas Named Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week

ST. PAUL, MN June 12, 2017

Playing his former team and some time down in Texas helped Anthony Gallas to a red hot week last week.  Four multi-hit games, all on the road, earned outfielder Anthony Gallas the Pointstreak American Association Player of the Week for the week of June 5-11.


          Gallas went 12-21 (.571) with two doubles, a triple and two RBI while scoring three runs.  On top of that he walked four times which gave him an incredible .640 on base percentage.  Gallas collected three hits in three of his last four games and in his return to Kansas City, where he played for the T-Bones in 2016, he went 7-12 with two doubles, a triple and an RBI from June 8-10.


          Gallas leads the team in hitting at .353 and has hit one home run with 12 RBI in 19 games.  In 68 at bats he’s scored eight runs, has four doubles, two triples, a .443 on base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage for a team high .958 OPS.  Gallas is sixth in the league in batting average.


          The 29-year-old Gallas is a three-time All-Star who began 2016 at Double-A in the Cleveland Indians organization before being released after four games.  He was signed by the Kansas City T-Bones, in the American Association, and hit .221 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 91 games.  In 335 at bats he scored 59 runs, smacked 11 doubles, three triples, had a .322 on base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage.  He led the T-Bones in home runs and runs scored and was second in RBI.


          Gallas was not drafted despite putting up record breaking numbers at Kent State University and was signed as a non-drafted free agent by his hometown Cleveland Indians in 2010.  He hit .276 in 50 games in the Arizona League and had a 14-game hitting streak and reached base safely in 18 consecutive games that season.  His impressive numbers got him a late season promotion to Low-A Mahoning Valley.


          In 2011 Gallas began the season with Single-A Lake County where he hit .314 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 57 games.  His time in Lake County was highlighted by another 14-game hitting streak and reaching base safely in 27 consecutive games.  He was selected to his first of three All-Star Games when he was chosen to participate in the Midwest League All-Star Game.  He did not play, however, because he was called up to High-A prior to the game.


          Gallas spent most of 2012 at High-A Carolina where he hit .250 with eight home runs and 51 RBI in 107 games.  He was called up to Triple-A Columbus on August 24.


          After missing most of 2013 following surgery on a torn labrum in his right hip, Gallas came back strong in 2014 and tore up the Carolina League hitting .276 with eight homers and 31 RBI in 58 games.  He was selected to the Carolina League-California League All-Star Game, but once again did not participate because he was promoted to Double-A Akron a week prior to the game.  With Akron Gallas hit .293 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI in 73 games.  Gallas led the entire Indians Minor League system in home runs (24), doubles (37), hits (143), slugging (.511), OPS (.845) and total bases (156).  He was chosen an Organizational All-Star. 


          Gallas was finally able to play in an All-Star Game in 2015 where he had a strong season at Double-A Akron hitting .266 with 12 homers and 43 RBI in 88 games.  He went 2-4 with a double and an RBI in the All-Star Game.  Gallas played 30 games at Triple-A Columbus and hit 17 homers between the two stops, fourth most in the Indians system that season.  Columbus went on to win the International League Championship.


           At Kent State Gallas was a 1st Team All-American as a senior and is the all-time leader in school history in home runs, RBI and walks.  He is also the only player in Mid-American Conference history with over 250 hits, 200 runs and 200 RBI.


          This is the second Player of the Week Award for the Saints this season.  Third baseman Nate Hanson won the award for the week of May 29-June 4.