Now, by no means is he Chase Utley, but Freddy Galvis has quietly elevated his level of play. While he has always had a sharp glove in the field, the rookie is often criticized for his hitting (or lack thereof). But in the month of May, the Venezuelan native has tallied a .288 average with 11 RBIs and seven doubles. His surge this month (especially his .333 average the past seven days) has bumped his season average from .191 to .235 and he has also doubled his run production.
And the month is only halfway over.
Galvis’ improved at-bats have greatly helped the Phillies’ offense, and are one of the many reasons why they have won five consecutive games.
Among qualified Phillies’ players, Galvis is first in doubles, third in RBIs, and fifth in batting average. That’s pretty good for a player many fans wanted to cast off after his poor beginning to the season.
Even more impressive is where the rookie stands among his NL counterparts. To the surprise of none, his batting average sits near the bottom among second baseman, only ahead of Washington’s Danny Espinosa, the recently waived Orlando Hudson, and Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks. However, besides this, Galvis is sitting comfortably near the top of the charts in multiple categories.
He is tied for the lead in doubles with New York’s Daniel Murphy, second in overall extra base hits, and third in RBIs behind Omar Infante and Dan Uggla. And all of this is despite his brutal month of April.
If you take away his horrendous start in April and focus on the month of May, Galvis has a higher average than Uggla and Brandon Phillips, more RBIs than everyone but Infante, and more doubles than anyone at his position in the MLB, other than Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia.
Now whether or not Galvis (who has the most doubles by a Phillies rookie second baseman since 1940) is just in the midst of a hot streak or if this is an indication of what’s to come, the Phillies have to be happy with how he has handled everything and how he has responded to the pressure of filling in the void left by Utley.
Make no mistakes about it, seeing a healthy Utley return to the lineup is the highly-awaited dream of every Phillies fan, but Galvis has played himself into a position where he will more than likely still see some playing time when the All-Star second baseman returns. It’s always nice to have young, energetic talent coming off the bench.
And that’s exactly what Galvis can provide.