Freddy Galvis in Philadelphia on May 5, 2013
|Philadelphia Phillies – No. 13|
November 14, 1989 |
Punto Fijo, Falcón, Venezuela
|Bats: Both||Throws: Right|
|April 5, 2012 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Runs batted in||43|
Galvis began his professional career in 2007 with the Williamsport Crosscutters, with whom he hit .203 with nine stolen bases in 38 games. In 2008, with the Lakewood Blue Claws, Galvis hit .238 with 14 stolen bases in 127 games. He split 2009 between the GCL Phillies, Clearwater Threshers and Reading Phillies, hitting a combined .240 in 86 games. He hit .233 with 15 stolen bases with Reading in 2010.
In 2011, at age 21, Galvis had his best year to date. Always known as an excellent defender, but mediocre hitter, he was finally able to gain some ground at the plate, thanks in part to a much more rigorous off-season conditioning regimen. Starting the year in AA with the Reading Phillies, Galvis hit .273, with 35 RBI, in 464 plate appearances across 104 games. After an especially torrid stretch at the plate in May, Galvis was promoted to the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs. While there, he hit .298, with 8 RBI, 126 plate appearances across 33 games. Between AA and AAA, his combined line for the year was .278/.324/.392 with 8 home runs, 43 RBI, 78 runs, and 23 stolen bases in 137 games. His excellent numbers were enough to earn the 2011 Paul Owens Award, which is given to the best position player and pitcher, respectively, in the Philadelphia Phillies minor league system. At the end of the 2011 season, Galvis was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League, and despite a brief ganglion cyst injury, played there until December 1.
Major league career
On March 19, 2012, with Chase Utley scheduled to miss time due to a knee injury, Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. announced that Galvis would be the team's starting second baseman on Opening Day. Galvis recorded his first Major League hit in his fourth career game on April 9, a 2-RBI double off of Miami Marlins pitcher Aníbal Sánchez.
After spending two months as the Phillies' starting second baseman, Galvis injured his back on June 8 and was placed on the Disabled List five days later. On June 19, Galvis was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs.
In 2013, Galvis hit two walk-off home runs. The first one came off Aroldis Chapman on May 19, and the other came off Freddy Garcia on September 7. He ended the year with a .234 batting average, 6 home runs and 19 RBI.
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