Galvis Shows His Versatility

Freddy GalvisFreddy Galvis has played everywhere in the infield except first base, and everywhere in the outfield except center field.

Has he played catcher?

“PlayStation, maybe,” he joked this morning at Bright House Field.

Galvis, who essentially has made the Phillies’ 25-man roster as a utility player, will start today’s Grapefruit League game against the Rays at Bright House Field in left field. It is just another way for Charlie Manuel to get one of his favorite players on the field.

Galvis, who played a few innings in right field Saturday, is cool with that.

“I love baseball,” he said. “That’s what I have to say. Wherever they put me, I’m going to try to do the job.”

Galvis has played shortstop his entire life, so that is where he is most comfortable. He played second base last season, when Chase Utley missed nearly three months because of bad knees. He played like a Gold Glove winner there. He also played a little bit of third base in Winter Ball, but he regularly caught fly balls in the outfield during batting practice, using the left-hander’s glove of Phillies teammate Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who is a right-hander, has his own outfielder’s glove these days after using Minor League outfielder Carlos Tocci’s glove for a bit.

But Galvis is an infielder, first and foremost. So expect to see him in the infield more often. If Galvis shows an aptitude at third base like he has at shortstop and second base he could spell Michael Young on occasion.

“It’s good,” Galvis said of his limited time at third. “It’s a little bit harder than shortstop and second base because it’s quicker. The ball gets quicker to you. But I like it.”

He also will like making his second Opening Day roster. He is a lock at this point.

“It looks like,” he said. “They don’t tell me nothing yet, but it looks like it. I’m going to keep working and see what happens.”


LOVE this kid’s attitude! So glad he stayed up! I expect great things from him this year!

I agree, the kid’s attitude is great. I hope to see him on the filed this year as well.

Could Galvis be the Phils’ starting second baseman next year? The end of the Chase Utley era? I believe Utley is in the last year of his contract.

Brilliant move. Great decision. They somewhat solve the outfield problem, if temporarily, now that Young is Young and Ruff is learning how to catc and they put a fielder in there that can hit and run a little. All to the good. I love this Galivis kid.

Congratulations Freddy, you deserve to be on the opening-day roster. This year you made the team OUTRIGHT. You aren’t just on the team because Chase is on the DL, like last year. Keep up the great work! Keep growing and learning and loving the game!

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