We might be getting close to a point where the Phillies need to make a decision on rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis. Tonight, he is out of the lineup for the fifth time in the last nine games. As usual, Pete Orr is replacing him. The Phillies haven't seen anything out of Galvis that has surprised them thus far: most people figured he would struggle at the plate. If anything, his performance on defense has exceeded expectations that were lofty to begin with.
But is his defense worth keeping him at the big league level, even though it means sacrificing at-bats in the minor leagues that might help him develop into a player who can help at the plate in the future?
In Galvis' last 14 games, he is 5-for-39 with three doubles, one walk and seven strikeouts.
In 28 games overall, he is hitting .190 with a .218 on base percentage and .298 slugging percentage for a .516 OPS. In 89 plate appearances, he has one home run, six doubles, three walks and 14 strikeouts.
Defensively, Galvis has committed just one error in 116 chances, turning 14 double plays while displaying excellent range.
Last month, the Phillies signed veteran utility man Mike Fontenot to a minor league deal. The 32-year-old left-handed hitter has gotten off to a hot start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, going 12-for-32 with five doubles, four walks and five strikeouts for an .872 OPS.
Of course, Galvis' defense is important to consider. Even when he does not start, he comes into the game as a defensive replacement in the final few innings. He's appeared in all 28 of the Phillies' games this season.
The Phillies could also replace Orr with Fontenot, since Fontenot provides a better mix of offense and defense. They could then keep Galvis around as a utility man, at least until Chase Utley is ready to return from the disabled list.
Here's tonight's lineup against Jordan Zimmermann:
- Jimmy Rollins SS
- Juan Pierre LF
- Shane Victorino CF
- Hunter Pence RF
- Laynce Nix 1B
- Carlos Ruiz C
- Placido Polanco 3B
- Pete Orr
- Cole Hamels