Galvis hit just .197 in his first stop at Reading, which only added to the discussion that has plagued him throughout his career; can he hit enough to reach the majors?
When Galvis arrived at Reading in August of 2009, he was a career .236 hitter in the minors. Some believed that was actually a good sign, because some wondered if he would even hit that high. Ever since joining the Phillies organization, the report on Galvis was that he was all glove and no hit. Now, almost two years later, Galvis has raised his career average by just one-point, but has at least showed some signs of offensive success.
"I don't let that (the reputation) bother me," explained Galvis. "I just go out and work as hard as I can to keep getting better; that's all I can really do."
Defensively, Galvis is reaching his potential and continues to get better. While he will occasionally blow an easy play, he's even more likely to make a near impossible play look almost routine.
The improvement that Galvis has shown both offensively and defensively is a credit to just how hard he works to get better. It's not unusual to see Galvis taking extra infield or batting practice and it's almost impossible to get him out of the lineup. In one recent game, Galvis was hit in the wrist by a pitch that ricocheted off the top of the protective screen behind homeplate. While he was doubled over in pain, the trainer suggested an x-ray might be necessary. Galvis was okay with that, as long as the procedure would be done after the game, because he wasn't coming out. It turned out that Galvis was fine and downplayed the incident after the game as he sat by his locker with a mound of ice strapped to his wrist.
"It's not easy to get him out of a game," said R-Phils manager Mark Parent. "When I do give him an off day, he comes into my office and complains. He's not much fun to be around on those days."
Galvis simply sees no reason to take days off.
"I love this game. If we're playing, I want to be in the lineup. I don't like being on the bench and I guess it shows," laughed Galvis after being told of Parent's remarks.
So, here's the thing. Nobody knows for sure what the future of shortstop is in Philadelphia. Jimmy Rollins is in the final year of his contract and there haven't been any signs that the Phillies are going to rush to put a contract extension in front of him. It would almost be a shame for Rollins to finish his career anywhere other than in Philadelphia, but business is business and the Phillies and Rollins could easily wind up far apart on both years and money.
With no other clear cut options to take over at short, the Phillies will likely want to figure out sooner rather than later if Galvis is an option in the near future. We've seen plenty of him at Reading and it's time to challenge him with a promotion to Lehigh Valley, where another all glove, no hit player - Brian Bocock - holds down short. Unfortunately for Lehigh Valley, Bocock has been in a defensive slump, making 13 errors in 66 games, compared to the 12 he made in 119 games with Lehigh Valley last season. Plus, Bocock is hitting just .130 on the season.
Sounds like a pretty fair trade, plus it gives an opportunity to see what Galvis can do at the next level.