Phillies Prospect #21: Freddy Galvis

Freddy Galvis is on the right track, but still needs more work to be where the Phillies need him to be. The good news is that he's just 19 and has time to develop.

Acquired: Signed as an amateur free agent out of Venezuela.
Bats: S  Throws: R
Height: 5' 10"   Weight: 155
Birth Date: November 14, 1989
2008 Team(s): Lakewood (127 G)
Positions/Games: SS (127 G)
2008 Ranking: #30

Why Galvis jumped to 21: Last year at this time, everybody was hoping that Freddy Galvis would start producing some offense. While his offensive output in 2008 wasn't overly impressive, he did raise his average to .238 and started to show signs of snapping out of the weak hitting malaise that he was in during his first season in the states. The jump was impressive in that he moved up to Lakewood last season rather than showing improvement at the lower short-season leagues. Now, he just needs to continue to build on what he started last season and he'll be looking a lot more like the player that the Phillies believe Galvis was capable of turning into.

Category Freddy Galvis South Atlantic League
AB/2B 21.81 19.59
AB/3B 458.00 156.31
AB/HR 152.67 49.40
AB/RBI 10.90 8.14
AB/R 7.76 7.30
AB/BB 11.74 11.10
AB/KO 7.90 4.42
AVG .238 .257
OBP .300 .325
SLG .288 .382
Categories with numbers in white show areas where Galvis outperformed the average player in the South Atlantic League during the 2008 season. Categories with numbers in black show areas where he was below the league average.

Batting and Power: Freddy Galvis will likely turn into somewhat of a slap-hitter and look to simply get on base and make things happen with his speed. Galvis showed slightly better patience at the plate than he did in his first season and is working on becoming patient enough to draw a number of walks to boost his on-base percentage. His OBP was still only at .300 last season, but at least it was up over his anemic numbers from 2007. It's easy to see where one problem is for Galvis; facing right-handers. Against left-handers, Galvis hit .296 last season, but managed just a .222 average against right-handed pitchers.

Baserunning and Speed: Speed is one of the best assets that Galvis has to work with. He stole 14 bases last season and keep in mind that he had just a .300 OBP, so the potential for him to become a legitimate base-stealer is very good. On the bases, Galvis is developing better talents and is learning that speed alone isn't what gets you an extra base or allows you to steal a base. While he's working on improving his technique, his success rate at stealing bases actually went down a couple of percentage points in 2008, so there is still work to do.

Defense: For most scouts, this was the first thing that stood out when they saw Freddy Galvis play ball. Galvis led all full-time South Atlantic League shortstops with a .968 fielding percentage last season, but made 21 errors. The Phillies hope for him to cut down on his errors a little and become even a better defensive shortstop. 

Projection: This is a kid who is working hard on improving his game and it's starting to show, but it's going to be necessary to be patient with him as he continues to develop. Keep in mind that he's just 19 years old and hasn't had the benefit of having great coaching as a kid, so there is some catching up to do. The bottom line is that he can improve his base-stealing and might even be able to get a little better defensively. The real issue is going to be just how much he can improve his offense, because being a .230-type hitter simply isn't going to be enough for him to be successful. All the signs that he's going to be able to provide enough offense are there, he just needs to pull everything together to put himself on the right track. This will be a very important season for Galvis; if he's back at Lakewood, the Phillies are going to expect much better offensive numbers. If they push him along to Clearwater - which might be a little risky - he's going to have to continue to show progress, but at a higher level of the minors, which won't be easy.

Freddy Galvis career stats

2007 Williamsport 0 7 .203 38 143 20 29 5 1 9 69% 10 20 .255 .252
2008 Lakewood 3 42 .238 127 458 59 109 21 1 14 67% 39 58 .300 .288
TOTALS 3 49 .230 165 601 79 138 26 2 23 68% 49 78 .289 .280

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