Cam Gallagher

Position: C
Born: 12/06/92
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 210
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the second round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
Hitting .294 with five home runs and 34 RBIs along with 12 doubles in 68 games at Omaha (Triple-A).

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Omaha on August 6, when C Salvador Perez went on the 10-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 08/06/17

Debut Details
August 6, first in an 8-7 loss to the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader, and then in a 9-1 victory over the Mariners in the nightcap. In the opener, he got his first boxscore appearance as he came on in the top of the ninth to replace starting catcher Drew Butera behind the plate for the final inning without getting an at-bat. In the nightcap, he was the starting catcher, batting ninth, and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. In the third inning, facing right-handed starter Erasmo Ramirez with one out, he grounded out to shortstop. In the fifth, he led off the inning by lining out to third base. In the seventh, facing right-handed reliever Cody Martin, he led off the inning by drawing a walk, moving to second on a single by Whit Merrifield and then scoring on a throwing error by Mariners first baseman Danny Espinosa. In the eighth, he led off with a single to center but was erased at second on a fielder's choice.

Player Notes
Now in his seventh season with the Royals since being drafted out of Manheim Township H.S. (Lancaster, Pa.), 2017 Gallagher's first taste of Triple-A ball, just as 2016 marked his first time playing above the Class A level. He's never played more than 96 games in a season (that came in 2014 when he hit .228 at High A WIlmington in the Carolina League), yet his defensive skills are so advanced that he still ranked No. 17 in Baseball America's Top 30 players in the system coming into this season. While he's unlikely to ever be an everyday player because of his lack of offense, his strong arm and ability to shut down a running game should keep him gainfully employed for the long haul. In 2016, at Northwest Arkansas in his Double-A debut, he hit .259 with four home runs and 24 RBIs in 91 games, and he brought a .243/.318/.350 career slash line into his debut.