The Royals' Cam Gallagher to make his debut behind the plate
The Royals on Sunday placed catcher Salvador Perez on the disabled list because of an intercostal muscle strain, and Cam Gallagher was recalled from Class AAA Omaha to fill the vacancy on the 25-man roster.
Gallagher was selected in the second round of the 2011 draft, and he likely will be making his major-league debut during Sunday’s doubleheader against the Seattle Mariners.
Here are five things to know about him:
1. The player taken by the Royals a round ahead of Gallagher in the 2011 draft: Bubba Starling. The two were roommates at spring training in Surprise, Ariz. Gallagher told The Star earlier this year that he considers himself a “neat freak.”
“I enjoy hanging out with him — being around him,” Starling told The Star about Gallagher. “He cooks some really good food. He cleans up after himself well, and (he’s) just fun to be around.”
2. Baseball runs in the family. Gallagher’s brother, Austin, was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2007 draft. His father, Glenn, pitched in the Toronto Blue Jays organization after being picked in the third round of the 1981 draft. Glenn Gallagher also coached at the high school and college levels after his playing days.
3. According to the Omaha World Herald, Gallagher was the top Carolina League catcher in fielding percentage (.993) in 2015 while at Class A Wilmington. Last year with Class AA Northwest Arkansas, he led the Texas League in total chances (713), putouts (648), assists (62), double plays (nine) and caught-stealing percentage (48 percent).
4. He was in the Carolina League All-Star Game in 2014 and went 1 for 2.
5. This is his first season with Class AAA Omaha, and Gallagher had a triple-slash line of .294/.339/.408 with the Storm Chasers. He has five home runs and has tied a professional career best with 34 RBIs.