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Galvis Continues to Rake in Win over Rays

On Sunday, the Phillies disposed of journeyman Yuniesky Betancourt because they have faith in Freddy Galvis. And on Tuesday, Galvis continued his spring tear, going 2-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring, and three RBI in the Phillies 4-1 victory over Tampa Bay.

Galvis now has 12 extra-base hits in 70 at-bats during Spring Training, good for a .905 OPS. Any worries about his back injury from last season should be gone. He also played left field today, clearly without incident. The kid can do it all.

Kevin Frandsen also did work today, going 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Domonic Brown finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs, and a RBI.

Brown’s spring average climbed to .373.

It was a bullpen game for the Phillies pitching staff with Raul Valdes leading off and going three innings, allowing one run, while fanning five. Mike Stutes, Jeremy Horst, Colby Shreve, Antonio Bastardo, Steven Inch, and Jonathan Papelbon went the rest of the way holding the Rays scoreless.



  1. MikeyPaDc

    March 26, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Why not post about yesterday’s disaster???

    And any more info on how Freddy performed in the OF??? Is that even a serious possibility. Thoughts??

  2. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    March 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I’m fine with going Freddy a shot in left until D Young returns. Kid has a natural fielding talent anywhere you seem to put him and his hitting has improved. I also like Inciarte (sp?). I dont think there are any outfielders out there for us to grab to fill in for D Young.

    • wbramh

      March 27, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Between his apparent power and speed, I wouldn’t be surprised if Freddy could register more extra-base hits than Young if he started in right field in Young’s place. This could be Freddy’s break-out year at the plate – especially with a good hitting coach finally available to these kids. And despite Young’s experience in the outfield, I think Freddy would be less of a liability out there from the get-go.

    • wbramh

      March 27, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      I should add that while Delmon has yet to recover from his ankle injury, Freddy is out the doing everything that’s asked of him after literally breaking his back.
      Makes me wonder whether Delmon is breaking his own back to get well.

  3. Bart Shart

    March 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    I would be one happy fat old bast@rd if both Dom Brown and Freddy Galvis became solid hitters in 2013. I sort of expect Brown to hit, but if Galvis turns into a solid .275 hitter with some pop in his bat, that would be chillingly wonderful. I might be forced to run naked onto the field at CBP to celebrate the success of these two valuable prospects.

    • brooks

      March 26, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      bart, I just finished eating..

      • brooks

        March 26, 2013 at 9:18 pm

        How about if we hoist one if the regular season offense looks remotely like this?

  4. Shine Box

    March 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    I like Galvis, I especially like his versatility. But I really can’t see him being more than a career utility man. Am I missing something? Please change my mind.

    • wbramh

      March 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Galvis looks like he could be a late bloomer at the plate – if 23 is a late bloomer.
      He may very well could turn out to be a career utility man but at his age the potential is largely unknown.
      He seems like the type of athlete who can master anything asked of him and I find that intriguing enough to not relegate him to utility man too fast (which I worry Charlie will do).
      If Freddy can continue to hit up North, his on-base capacities will likely be far greater than some who are fighting for starting positions on this year’s team.

  5. Joe a

    March 27, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Love this site, and all of the great comments it generates. Regarding Galvis, I have a comment, question I’d like to pose. By next year, could we see wholesale changes in the starting lineup? HY I can see Ruf in Lf, Galvis at 2b, Asche at 3b, Joseph at C, possibly

  6. Joe a

    March 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Got cut off…possibly two new SPs. Anyone care to speculate?

    • wbramh

      March 27, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      Asche at 3rd, Galvis at SS.
      I like Ruf but if he’s ever able to stay with the team I think it will be back at first and as an occasional platoon with Howard (who I’m praying for despite being an atheist) or pinch-hitter if the team has that luxury of carrying him. I’d rather see Ruf at the plate than some players still in the fight for starting outfield jobs. I see a lot of “The Bull” in Ruf. He’s probably faster of foot (if can he just learn to run in the direction of the ball) – just floppier with the glove. Still, I can’t see why that wouldn’t improve once he’s worrying less about the overall mechanics of playing outfield (should the outfield experiment resume).

      If I had to bet, Ruf gets traded to an American League team for two prospects before he ever has a real opportunity to shine in Philadelphia.
      He then goes on to become the new all-time home run king of baseball and…
      Okay maybe not, but I think he can be an important piece for some team if used smartly.
      And maybe the prospects we get for Ruf turn out to be the next Don Drysdale and Orlando Cepeda and…
      Okay, that may not happen either but I’d be happy to see any real prospects plunked back in the system.

      I would have said Galvis at 2nd, too but I’m starting to believe that Utley may outlive Rollins in the Phillies infield. Why? Just a hunch. Maybe it was watching Utley slide into third last week with all the talent, vigor and pain-free expression of a 25-year-old Utley. I wouldn’t have bet a nickel on Utley’s return this time last year and while it’s a long season I honestly believe he may still have a lot of gas left in him. Which is great because I’m not ready to think of Chase as a baseball memory and I don’t think he is, either.

      I can see Galvis getting a lot of innings as a utility player this year between SS, 2nd and maybe even back in the outfield – especially if the team dumps some of the dead wood out there like Jr and Nix (and maybe D. Young) before the end of the season.

      As for starting pitchers I think the team may say goodbye to one ace before the All-Star break and another by the end of the season. If Ruben can get some cap room, those replacement starters are going to come from FA in the off-season. Maybe there’s at least one hidden workhorse on the farm but the odds don’t look good.

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