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Phillies Nation Player Review: Freddy Galvis

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Going into the 2013 season, the Phillies knew what they had with Freddy Galvis. A guy who could play with anybody defensively, but had trouble handling the bat. His 2013 season further justified the Phillies’ beliefs.

There’s no doubt that Galvis is a gifted defender. He has a natural ability to handle the glove and watching him play defense is truly a pleasure. But as we know, defense isn’t helping in the batters box.

In 2012, Galvis hit .226 with 3 home runs and 24 RBIs and his numbers in 2013 were similar. Galvis finished with a .234 batting average, 6 home runs, and 19 RBIs. And while Galvis he was unable to help much offensively for most of the year, he did have a strong finish to the season, hitting .309 in September. He showed a flare for the dramatic and a little power by hitting two walk off home runs; one off of Braves’ pitcher Freddy Garcia and the other against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

If Galvis were able to find consistency at the plate, he would be a starter-quality player. Since we know that isn’t the case, Galvis remains a utility-man, albeit a a solid one. Galvis’ true value lies in his ability to play almost any defensive position. During the 2013 season, Galvis spent time at third base, shortstop, second base, and even played some games in left field, transition to the outfield well.

Grade: C – As far as utility guys go, you can’t get much better than Freddy Galvis. His defense is exceptional, and it showed again throughout the season. However, His inconsistency hitting the ball kept him from reaching his full potential, and made him a risky start for Charlie Manuel and Ryne Sandberg.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bart Shart

    November 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    As a utility player, I would give Galvis a B. I do not believe a utility player can be expected to hit above .265. Moreover, Galvis plays the outfield and shines at all four infield positions.
    I feel that he will hit .265 with 10 homers next year and become an A grade utility guy.l
    And he will take over shortstop when Rollins’ contract expires.

  2. c. schreiber

    November 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    With this guy in the dugout we should NEVER EVER see MiniMart again. RUBE…

    • wbramh

      November 26, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Mark my words: We will see MiniMart every year for 86 years at which time the curse of the Rubino will be over.

  3. jeff orbach

    November 26, 2013 at 8:53 am

    I like Freddy as well-He has a lot of heart! One thing I’ve noticed is that when he happens to hit a Homer he follows that up with trying to hit every ball out of the park.

    I bet that Ryno will work with him on cutting down his swing and hitting for a better average.

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