April 5, 2016
By Matt Gelb Here is a position-by-position preview of the 2016 Phillies and projections for the 2018 Phillies. SHORTSTOP NOW: Freddy Galvis He's a placeholder at short, but 2016 is all about Galvis' improving his glove work. He made more mistakes in 2015 on the routine plays. Defense is what will keep him in a big-league lineup because his offensive ceiling is low. LATER: J.P. Crawford He oozes confidence, the sort of swagger not often found in a 21-year-old prospect.
July 4, 2016 |
The Phillies started the international free-agent period on Saturday by signing four of the top 50 available players, according to reports. All six of their signings came from Venezuela, more than any other team in baseball. The Phillies signed the South American country's best pitcher and two of its top infielders, according to Baseball America. All six of the free agents are 16 years old. Because of their dismal record last season, the Phils had the largest allotment to spend in the international market.
August 25, 2012 |
The brace, affixed to Freddy Galvis' torso for six weeks, could be removed only when the 22-year-old Phillies infielder showered. "So yeah," Galvis said, "I stayed a long time in the shower. " Now there is progress from a fractured vertebra in his back, even a target date in which Galvis can play minor-league baseball. It has been a trying season for the rookie Venezuelan, who started opening day at second base, injured his back, and was subsequently suspended 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
April 25, 2013 |
Charlie Manuel grabbed a first baseman's mitt hours before first pitch Tuesday night and manned the position. Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen wanted extra work on the infield. The 69-year-old Manuel helped. "We needed somebody," the manager said. What Manuel needs is the man usually at first base, Ryan Howard, to produce more. Howard, typically a slow starter, was off to his worst 18-game stretch entering Tuesday. It is early and the sample size is small, but Howard was trending downward.
July 21, 2015 |
Jeff Francoeur spent the first three months of last season in the minor leagues. He was a nine-year major-league veteran traversing the western United States by bus with the El Paso Chihuahuas. He worked his way back to the major leagues, first, by accepting the Phillies' non-roster invitation to spring training. The 31-year-old then played himself onto the opening-day roster by securing the final bench spot. And now Francoeur is playing himself into a starting role. Francoeur's major-league comeback continued Sunday as his walk-off homer lifted the Phillies past the Miami Marlins, 8-7, at Citizens Bank Park.
May 17, 2015 |
Maikel Franco's Friday began much earlier than usual when shortly after 7 a.m. he heard a knock on his door at the Rochester Plaza Hotel. It was triple-A Lehigh Valley manager Dave Brundage, there to deliver the news that the third baseman was headed to Philadelphia. It was early for the 22-year-old Franco, who said he typically wakes up at about 11 a.m. "It's good," he said hours later, seated in the Phillies' dugout at Citizens Bank Park. "I'll take that. " By the end of his day, Franco had in the books his first game as the Phillies' everyday third baseman.
September 16, 2011 |
ALLENTOWN - Luke Carlin hit a two-run home run, and Joe Martinez struck out 13 as the visiting Columbus Clippers downed the IronPigs, 6-2, putting Lehigh Valley on the brink of elimination. After capturing the first game of the best-of-five series, the IronPigs have dropped two straight. They will host Game 4 on Friday. Martinez, a righty, went seven innings and allowed just one run on three hits. The IronPigs threatened in the eight as the go-ahead run reached base before Josh Barfield flied out to end the rally.
April 3, 2012 |
The Phillies beat the Pirates Tuesday night, 7-2, to finish the spring training 14-16-4. (Gotta love all those ties.) Placido Polanco's three-run homer in the fifth inning was the difference. It was Polanco's first homer of the exhibition season. Freddy Galvis' double was his 23rd hit of the preseason and his ninth extra-base hit in 82 at-bats. He had seven in 121 ABs at Triple A last year. Granted, spring statistics hardly forecast future results, but it's better than Galvis having zero extra-base knocks.
April 4, 2012
A SPRING that has had more than its share of sour notes ended with a nice surprise. The Phillies announced after Tuesday night's game that lefthanded reliever Joe Savery had made the roster. Though he pitched in four games as a call-up last September, making the club out of the gate represents another step in Savery's career. The Phillies drafted Savery as a first baseman in the 2007 first round. "He's a good story," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's come a long way. " Veterans Scott Podsednik, Hector Luna and Raul Valdes did not make the club.
March 28, 2012
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Freddy Galvis suffered a bruised left foot Tuesday after fouling a pitch off it, but the Phillies said the injury is not serious. The 22-year-old prospect turned starting second baseman this spring is day-to-day, Phillies assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said. After a brief examination, team athletic trainers determined an X-ray wasn't necessary. "I'm good," Galvis said. "I'm doing fine. I'll just put some ice on it. " Galvis said he could play Wednesday, but it's likely he does not ride the bus for the lengthy trip to Fort Myers, Fla., where the Phillies face Minnesota.