Galvis getting his at-bats at triple A

Freddy Galvis, who moldered on the Phillies bench, is playing every day for the IronPigs.
Freddy Galvis, who moldered on the Phillies bench, is playing every day for the IronPigs. (YONG KIM / Staff Photographer)
Posted: July 15, 2013

ALLENTOWN - Freddy Galvis loved his time with the Phillies this year, enjoyed everything about being a major-leaguer. There is only one thing he missed.

"At-bats," Galvis said.

Galvis hit .207 in 150 at-bats for the Phillies this season. After Chase Utley returned from his oblique injury, Galvis wasn't seeing much time, and the Phillies wanted him to play every day.

This came after an abbreviated season last year, when he was placed on the disabled list June 7 with a partial fracture of one of his vertebrae. (While on the DL, he was given a 50-game suspension June 19 for testing positive for a banned substance.)

Even when reinstated from the restricted list on Aug. 17, he never played the rest of the season.

Galvis hit .226 in 190 at-bats last season for the Phillies, so the 23-year-old switch-hitter from Venezuela understood the reason he was sent to triple A this year.

"I am feeling good now," Galvis said. "I am trying to get some at-bats and get my swing back."

Apparently, things are coming back offensively. Galvis entered the weekend hitting .263 in 57 at-bats for the IronPigs with two home runs and nine RBIs.

During a 10-game stretch heading into the weekend, he batted .300.

Galvis admitted that it was difficult playing sparingly for the Phillies. From June 17 until he was optioned June 27, Galvis had just three at-bats.

"It's a little hard, especially when you don't play every day to get your swing, so right now I am playing every day and trying to get it back," Galvis said.

Galvis' defense has shown no rust. He made highlight reel plays with the Phillies and has continued to do so at Lehigh Valley.

"He is fun to watch," IronPigs manager Dave Brundage said. "He has a great knack, a great feel for his defense at shortstop or anywhere he plays."

In his first 15 games with the IronPigs, Galvis played shortstop 11 times, second base three times, and third base once.

Brundage said the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Galvis gets the most out of his ability.

"It's not that he has an overwhelming arm, and he is not a big speed guy, but that is where his instincts and feel for the game come in," Brundage said. "He gets as good a jump, and he has [good] range for a guy who is probably an average runner. He covers so much ground."

The Phillies believe that Galvis can be an everyday major-league player, but he must continue to refine his offensive game.

"There are very few guys who can play defensively as well as he can," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "We need him to be a productive offensive player, and for that to happen he must use the whole field."

The Phillies are trying to get Galvis not to swing for the fences so much.

"I do believe he will have success as a hitter in the major leagues, but his approach gets him in trouble," Jordan said. "He has surprising power for a little guy, and sometimes he tries to play that game more than he should."

Galvis' top major-league moment came because of his power. On May 19 he hit a game-ending home run off flamethrower Aroldis Chapman to give the Phillies a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

"That was the best feeling of my career, hitting a home run to win a game against Chapman," Galvis said.

It's moments like that that drive Galvis.

"I keep working, trying to get better," he said. "Hopefully I will get back to the big leagues."

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