Philadelphia Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis suffered a foot contusion and is day-to-day, the team announced. Galvis is penciled in as the team’s Opening Day starting second baseman with Chase Utley dealing with lingering knee problems.
The 22-year old Galvis has never officially played in the major leagues, although he was a fine prospect in the minor leagues. Galvis was projected by many to be the team’s heir apparent to Jimmy Rollins at shortstop, although when the team re-signed Rollins, it seemed to stall Galvis’ path to the major leagues. Utley’s injury opened up a door for Galvis, a slick-fielding infielder who should be able to handle either middle infield position with ease.
Galvis is just a .246/.292/.321 hitter in over 2,100 career minor league plate appearances, and he has just 18 home runs to his total. He did post his best offensive season in Triple-A last season, hitting .298 in 126 plate appearances. Galvis, a five-year minor league veteran, began his professional career back in 2007 with the Williamsport Crosscutters.
When Utley returns later in the 2012 season, Galvis will likely stay in the major leagues as a utility infielder and backup to Utley/Rollins. He can play the field like a Gold Glover, and he hits substantially better than the light-hitting Michael Martinez, a Rule 5 draft pick that batted just .196 in his 2011 debut season with the major league club. The Phillies also traded Wilson Valdez to the Cincinnati Reds during the offseason, making Galvis’s value to the club all the more important, especially considering he offers more projectability than career minor leaguer Pete Orr.