Freddy Galvis has played 524 games in the Phillies minor league system and only one of them has been at third base. Freddy is highly regarded as a major league ready shortstop. With Jimmy Rollins signing a new three year contract, the five year , 22 year old veteran of the minor league system is not expected to play much shortstop with Rollins around for three more years. Galvis hit .278 with eight homers splitting time between Reading and Lehigh Valley last season. With the bat and in the field he is major league ready.
Walking back from the complex this morning I came across a workout at the half field in front of Bright House Field. There, Phillies infield coach Sam Perlozzo and AAA manager Ryne Sandberg were working with Pete Orr, Kevin Frandsen, Cesar Hernandez and Freddy Galvis on making the double play pivot at second base. Dallas Green watched from a near by bench taking it all in. What was unusual was watching Freddy Galvis who has never played second base in the Phillies system work on turning two as a second baseman. Both Orr and Frandsen, major league veteran, were helping him learn the twist, turn and throw and still touch the bag all the while getting out of the way of the on coming runner who would trying to break up the double play.
When the second base drills were finished the rest of the guys left but Freddy remained to work at third base. He took the best shots Sam Perlazzo could hit to him at the the hot corner. Only one got by him as a ball jumped over his back hand attempt down the line. A couple other hard hit balls by Sam did get by Freddy but he quickly gave the foul sign as the balls rolled down the line. It looked like Freddy had been playing third his entire career. He put his signature on his final play of the work out by bare handing and throwing accurately to first all in the same motion on a slowly hit grounder.
No doubt Freddy Galvis will be an important factor in this years team when he makes in major league debut if injury happen. He should get some work at third and second in the spring training games to help spell the veterans Placido Polanco and Chase Utley who suffered severe lower body injuries last season. From watching today’s workout Freddy is ready to play more infield position than just short stop this season.