Freddy Galvis surprised everyone with a near 20/20 season last year, falling just three stolen bases short of reaching that exclusive club. Don't be fooled; there was hardly any growth in Galvis' game. In fact, he struck out more and walked less while his groundball, line-drive and flyball percentages remained in line with rates from 2015. The noticeable changes were the increased HR/FB rate, which may not be sustainable, and a near six-percent increase in the number of balls he hit to the middle of the field in the second half of the season. He did have favorable splits against righties and awful splits against lefties, but he is unlikely to be platooned to begin the year thanks to his elite defense at shortstop. Whether Galvis moves to a reserve role or over to second base when top prospect J.P. Crawford is deemed ready will depend on if Galvis is still producing at the plate.
Galvis is batting second in the Phillies' Thursday contest against the Marlins, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports. After hitting either seventh or eighth in every previous game this year, Galvis gets a shot near the top against Miami's Edinson Volquez -- not a bad thought considering he's riding an eight-game hit streak. This sudden move up the order gives Galvis, who has the platoon advantage in this matchup, a little more juice in DFS contests.
Galvis went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer, two runs and three RBI on Friday against the Nationals He blasted a two-run homer off Nationals closer Blake Treinen in the ninth inning, but the Phillies came up a run short in their attempt to tie the game. Although Galvis has struggled to post strong batting averages over his six-year career, it wouldn't be a surprise if he matched his production from last year, when he blasted 20 homers while stealing 17 bases. At age 27, the Phillies shortstop is certainly in the prime of his career, and a strong fantasy option.
Galvis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, a double and two runs scored in Monday's 4-3 Opening Day win over the Reds. Galvis' 20 home runs and 17 stolen bases last season were a big surprise to fantasy owners. He's off to a good start, but expecting that kind of power display again while hitting near the bottom of the order is foolish. In reality, Galvis is a low-average, low-OBP guy who should only be owned in deep mixed and NL-only leagues as middle-infield depth.
Galvis will play shortstop and bat eighth in the order Monday against the Reds, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports. Galvis quietly put up 20 homers and 17 stolen bases last season to emerge as a surprise fantasy asset, but his .274 OBP made him less useful in real-life terms. After failing to make much of a splash at the plate in spring training, Galvis will likely have to settle for a spot in the bottom third of the lineup as long as the rest of the Phillies' regulars are at full strength. On a positive note, his stellar defense should keep him in the lineup on an everyday basis, so he could continue to pile up the counting stats.
Galvis is hitting .226 (12-for-53) with one home run and seven RBI during his 18 spring training games. Galvis, who is known more for his defense, is coming off of a meager 2016 campaign in which he slashed just .241/.274/.399. He did pop 20 home runs, but that was supported by a likely unsustainable 12.5 percent HR/FB rate. He's set to man the Phillies' starting shortstop role to open the season but will likely be displaced by top prospect J.P. Crawford when he makes his debut sometime during 2017. If and when that occurs, Galvis may become a reserve infielder or see more playing time at second base.
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