Jeff Gelalich came off of an injury plagued season in 2012 with the Billings Mustangs where he struggled to do much at the plate while hitting .244/.336/.378. It was written off by one writer (me) that he may have just been dealing with the wrist injury so his struggles weren’t something to be overly concerned with. The Reds sent Gelalich to Dayton to begin the 2013 season.
In the first two games of the season the outfielder went 0-7 with 2 walks and he scored a run. He would go 1-5 with a double on the 6th and go 2-3 with a double and a walk in the next game before going 0-10 over the next three games. For as rough as his season began he caught fire quickly as he ran off an 8-game hitting streak where he went 13-29 (.448) with 2 walks, a double, triple and 7 runs. After three hitless games following the hitting streak he would run off a 5-game hitting streak going 7-19 with a double and 3 RBI. For the month of April he would hit .271/.327/.341 with 8 walks and 15 strikeouts to go along with 8 steals in 99 plate appearances. His walk and strikeout rates were good, but he struggled to hit for power.
May began with a 7-game hitting streak where Gelalich would go 8-28 (.286) with a double, 3 RBI, 2 walks and 6 runs scored. He would be up and down over the next two weeks before going on a tear from the 26th-30th. Against the Great Lakes Loons and South Bend Silver Hawks he would go 11-22 with 4 doubles, 5 RBI and a walk. That streak helped push his final line for May to .293/.374/.354 with 13 walks and 22 strikeouts in 116 plate appearances. He would steal another 5 bases to push his season total to 13. His walk rate and strikeout rate remained solid, but he again struggled to hit for power as he was still homerless through May.
June started out well with a 2-3 performance with a walk, double and 2 runs. He was pretty uneven for the month, alternating says with and without hits before ending the month with a 6-game hitting streak as he went 8-23 (.349) with 4 walks, 2 runs and 3 RBI. The late stretch to end the month pushed him to .267/.375/.307 on the month with 12 walks and 14 strikeouts over 89 plate appearances. Gelalich showed a strong walk rate and a solid strikeout rate, but his power dropped off for the third straight month and he remained without a home run.
July began with a bit of a slump as Gelalich began 3-20 over the first week before going 3-6 with 2 runs against Cedar Rapids. On the 21st of the month he would go 2-3 with a walk. On the 24th the outfielder would hit his first and only home run of the season. The month was a struggle as Gelalich hit just .225/.337/.313 with 14 walks and 23 strikeouts in 98 plate appearances. His walk rate remained strong but his strikeout rate jumped up.
August got off to a rough start with a 6-40 stretch to begin the month before heating up and going 10-32 with 4 runs and 3 RBI. He would go into a slump over the next 7 games, going just 1-29 before finishing the year with a 2-4 game with a double against South Bend. Gelalich would finish up the August and September stretch of the season with a .181/.252/.200 line with 10 walks and 33 strikeouts in 116 plate appearances. His strikeout rate jumped up during this stretch and his walk rate dropped off, though it remained solid. His power output was very low for the month.
Jeff Gelalich didn’t improve on his 2012 in his slash line during 2013. His walk rate and strikeout rates were solid, but where Gelalich really struggled was in hitting for power. In a full season he had just 20 extra-base hits and was limited to just one home run. He stole 20 bases and would score 61 runs. The power will have to improve in order for Gelalich to continue moving up the ladder and finding success. It is where he is really struggling in his game.
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