By Ray Boyd
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Freddy Galvis has been seen as mostly just a player with potential since 2012. Phillies fans have gotten on and off glimpses of the defensive standout, but now Galvis is the man at shortstop for the Phils everyday.
Galvis entered the season for the first time as the team’s starting shortstop after the Phillies off-season trade of Jimmy Rollins.
There are not a lot of bright spots when it comes to the Phillies at this point in the season, but Galvis is worth paying attention to if you consider yourself an optimist.
Through 18 games, Galvis is batting .361 with a .409 on base percentage. He has also posted a .459 slugging percentage and an .868 OPS. All of those numbers are above Galvis’ career average.
In 61 at-bats, Galvis has 22 hits, one double, one triple, one home run and eight runs batted in. At just 25 years old, Galvis is the type of young piece that Phillies fans are hoping the team develops as they go through this rebuild.
Galvis is proving that opportunity can lead to results. While Galvis has played with the major league club in each of the last four seasons, this is the first time he is consistently playing everyday and he’s taking advantage of the chance he is getting.
The Phillies would be smart to learn from Galvis’ resurgence. Maybe the key factor in seeing your young pieces reach their potential is to give them consistent opportunities. The proof is right in front of the Phillies’ brass and he wears #13.