Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has performed brilliantly in a limited number of at bats for the Phils. That brilliance shone brightly today when he hit a screaming line drive home run off of arguably the game’s nastiest closer in Cincinnati Reds‘ Aroldis Chapman.
Galvis has always had a great glove at shortstop and second base, but the question was always could he hit for power and average. Galvis has improved greatly in both of these areas, and the 23 year old Venezuelan can only get better as his ceiling is very high for the Phils. He really is hitting his way into the lineup at this point as every time Charlie Manuel writes his name on that starting lineup card he is making positive things happen both on the diamond and at the plate.
Fellow infielder Jimmy Rollins is on a bit of a down tick in terms of his batting average, power, and range at shortstop. I believe now is the time to make the transition to Galvis full time at shortstop. He gives the Phils more range in the field as Chase Utley‘s double play partner and is swinging the bat miles better currently than Rollins.
This will ultimately be a tough decision for Manuel to make as Rollins has been a lifetime Phillie and a bright spot for so many years, but the youngster has forced his way into a starting role with the way he has been playing. If wins and not hurting a veteran’s feelings are ultimately the most important thing, it’s a no brainer; Galvis is the way to go.