Galvis, May named Phillies top minor leaguers

Freddy Galvis was named one of the top two minor league players for the Philles in 2011. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and righthander Trevor May are the winners of the Paul Owens Award for the best player and pitcher, respectively, in the Phillies minor league system.

The two players will receive their awards during a pregame presentation on Sept. 18 when the Phillies host the St. Louis Cardinals.

Galvis, 21, hit a combined .278 with 28 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBI, 23 stolen bases and 78 runs in 137 games between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley this season.

May went 10-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 games for Single A Clearwater this season. He struck out 208 batters in 151.1 innings (12.37 SO/9.0 IP), third most in all of minor league baseball, and held opposing hitters to a .221 average.

May is the first Phillies minor leaguer with at least 180 strikeouts in a single season since Mark Davis had 185 for Reading in 1980.

“We’re very happy with the seasons that both Freddy and Trevor had,” assistant GM Benny Looper said. “At only 21 years old, Freddy rose to the challenge of triple-A ball and improved his batting average. His defense was right where we expected it to be and his instincts on a baseball field are tremendous for a player of his age. Trevor’s strikeout totals in the Florida State League were very indicative of his progression in our minor league system. Both young men have very bright futures.”

Both Galvis and May were originally signed by the Phillies. Galvis was signed as an amateur free agent in July 2006 out of Punto Fijo, Venezuela, while May was selected in the 4th round of the June 2008 draft from Kelso High School in Washington state.

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