Freddy is Fun

Freddy Galvis has a .279 wOBA, the third-worst mark on the team and among the 20-worst in all of baseball. Yet he has been the most exciting player to watch in baseball in the first two months, at least in this writer’s humble opinion. He has been making Ozzie Smith-style plays routinely throughout the season, filling in for Chase Utley, who had been the best defensive second baseman in baseball going back to 2005. And Galvis was brought up as a shortstop!

Yesterday afternoon, Galvis made two plays that stuck out in my mind. The first was on a Justin Turner line drive single to center.  You can see what  unfolded afterwards in the .gifs below. Note the simultaneous defensive wizardry and field awareness of Galvis.

The second great play came in the fourth inning when Galvis turned a 4-3 double play. It is not a particularly difficult play, as most second basemen would turn a 4-3 double play here. What struck me was how nonchalantly Galvis makes a strong, off-balance throw to first base, and how accurately he does so. Note the subtle footwork as well.

I have not bothered to look up the defensive stats he has compiled thus far, as the sample size is so small as to be completely irrelevant. (UZR takes 2-3 seasons to stabilize.) Simply from a fan’s perspective, I have not enjoyed watching another player more than Galvis, and this is coming from Chase Utley’s biggest fan.

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  1. BradInDC

    May 29, 2012 07:23 AM

    That first play is sick. He has no right making that catch or that throw, let alone making the quick decision to leave his relay position to cover first on the wide turn/bad base running decision. This is why the Phils remained so high on him despite mostly lousy, and at best, lackluster minor league hitting numbers.

  2. Noah

    May 29, 2012 08:05 AM

    Freddy = Fun. That running catch on schneider’s throw was amazing. Him looking the runner back to third from the ground before throwing a strike to Jimmy double amazing. Game saving. His offensive numbers obviously still need some improvement but he’s come through in a lot of clutch situations so far.

  3. RSS3rd

    May 29, 2012 09:06 AM

    I don’t know if the numbers back this up but Freddy seems impressive in the field and his offense appears to be improving. Where does he fit on the team in the future? I’d hate to lose him but if Chase gets healthy, and with Jimmy locked up a few years, is there a spot on the team? Can he play 3rd? Is he just a late game defensive replacement?

  4. Dante

    May 29, 2012 11:56 AM

    RSS3rd – utility guy

    Bill – generally, an unassisted double play includes no throws to another defender. it was simply a 4-3 double play. Well turned tho.

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