Long Beach City College, CA
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 180 lbs
“It’s the thing I’ve worked so hard for,” Gallardo said. “I’m excited to get out there and prove my talent.”
Gallardo is a two-year star for the Vikings,a two-time All-South Coast Conference first-team pick and the 2011 SCC Pitcher of the Year. As a sophomore, he was 6-4 with a 2.34 ERA and made the All-Southern California first team. His career highlight was a 10-inning no-hitter against ECC Compton on April 27 when he struck out 17 batters.
With a 90-plus mph fastball and a knee-buckling overhand curve, Gallardo struck out 98 batters in 77 innings last season.
“If he was over 6-feet tall, he would have been drafted in the top 10 rounds,” LBCC coach Casey Crook said of Gallardo, who is listed at 5-11 on the Long Beach roster. “… He’s an athlete and he’s a fierce competitor.”