From BR Bullpen
Freddy Jose Galvis
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 170 lb.
 Biographical Information
Galvis was signed by scout Sal Agostinelli for the Phillies in 2006. He began his professional career in 2007 with the Williamsport Crosscutters, with whom he hit .203 with nine stolen bases in 38 games. In 2008, with the Lakewood Blue Claws, Galvis hit .238 with 14 stolen bases in 127 games. He split 2009 between the GCL Phillies, Clearwater Threshers and Reading Phillies, hitting a combined .240 in 86 games. He hit .233 with 15 stolen bases with Reading in 2010. In 2011, he hit .273 in 104 games for Reading, then improved to .298 in 33 contests with the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs. This gave him an overall batting line of .278/.324/.392 in 137 games, with 78 runs and 23 steals.
The Phillies were glad about Galvis' improved 2011 showing when they ran into injury problems during spring training in 2012. Starting 2B Chase Utley was out all camp with tendinitis in his knees, while presumptive back-up Michael Martinez was also out, with a broken foot. That suddenly put Galvis on the inside track to win the opening day job. On June 19th, however, Galvis was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a banned steroid. He was hitting .226 with 24 RBI as the starter at second base, and had impressed observers with his excellent defensive play. He was back in the major in 2013 and played 70 games, getting starts at second and third base, shortstop and left field. He hit .234 with 6 homers and 19 RBI, seeing his OPS+ improve from 64 in his rookie season to a more acceptable 83.
Galvis suffered another setback in spring training in 2014. He was on track to earn a roster spot as a back-up infielder when he suffered a cut on his knee during a Grapefruit League game on March 16th. What looked like a routine and minor injury turned out to be much more serious as an abscess developed on the wound, and then an antibiotic-resistant infection set in. While doctors were confident the problem would be cured, he would miss opening day, while the Phillies had to clean out their clubhouse thoroughly to prevent the risk of further infection. he ended up making his debut on April 11th and played 43 games for the Phils, hitting only .176 in 119 at-bats. Because of various health issues, he did not play regularly in the minors either, being limited to 45 games at three levels, including hitting .267 in 35 games for the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
In spite of this lack of production and playing time, he headed into spring training as the favorite to be the Phillies' starting shortstop in 2015, because long-time incumbent Jimmy Rollins had been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the off-season and the Phillies did not really have any one else to start at the position in the immediate, until top prospect J.P. Crawford could potentially step in. The Phillies were confident that Galvis could handle the job defensively, but his bat was still a question mark, as was his durability.
 Further Reading
- Todd Zolecki: "Galvis ready to step up as everyday shortstop for Phillies: Club has not needed player in that position since Rollins debuted in 2001", mlb.com, February 22, 2015.