Freddy Galvis
Freddy Galvis
29-Year-Old ShortstopSS
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Outlook
A surprise 20-homer hitter in 2016, Galvis managed just 12 long balls last season despite playing in all 162 games and logging an additional 39 plate appearances. Galvis added to his walk rate (6.8 percent) and trimmed his strikeout rate considerably (16.7 percent), resulting in a 35-point boost in OBP. However, he posted a bottom-10 hard-hit rate among qualifiers and his HR/FB regressed to its normal level (6.3 percent). He still ran a decent amount, although Galvis' success rate fell in the second half to 66.6 percent (8-for-12). With Cesar Hernandez locked in at second base for now, J.P. Crawford having already arrived and Scott Kingery on his way, Galvis was expendable for Philadelphia. He was traded to the Padres in December, and while that does not help his power outlook, Galvis now stands a great chance of getting to 600 plate appearances for a fourth straight season. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $6.825 million deal with the Padres in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Doesn't receive qualifying offer
SSFree Agent  
November 2, 2018
Galvis did not receive a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Padres before Friday's deadline, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Galvis is set to hit the open market for the first time in his career after spending six seasons with the Phillies and one with the Padres. The soon-to-be 29-year-old appeared in all 162 games for San Diego in 2018, hitting .248/.299/.380 with 13 homers and eight stolen bases.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .663 552 54 9 43 10 .257 .284 .379
Since 2016vs Right .689 1391 140 36 152 29 .244 .299 .390
2018vs Left .778 201 25 4 17 6 .291 .323 .455
2018vs Right .635 455 37 9 50 2 .228 .289 .346
2017vs Left .638 202 19 2 12 3 .255 .289 .349
2017vs Right .714 461 52 10 49 11 .255 .317 .397
2016vs Left .544 149 10 3 14 1 .215 .224 .319
2016vs Right .715 475 51 17 53 16 .250 .290 .425
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .671 953 94 26 108 21 .237 .288 .383
Since 2016Away .692 990 100 19 87 18 .258 .301 .391
2018Home .642 327 30 5 38 6 .236 .294 .348
2018Away .716 329 32 8 29 2 .258 .304 .412
2017Home .748 327 41 10 38 10 .260 .319 .429
2017Away .635 336 30 2 23 4 .250 .299 .337
2016Home .617 299 23 11 32 5 .214 .247 .370
2016Away .726 325 38 9 35 12 .267 .300 .426
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Stat Review
How does Freddy Galvis compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
22.4%
 
BABIP
.304
 
ISO
.133
 
AVG
.248
 
OBP
.299
 
SLG
.380
 
OPS
.680
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
The Phillies traded Jimmy Rollins last offseason and turned over shortstop to Galvis. He worked on cutting down on his swing last spring, which seemed to help his offensive game. He got off to a scorching start at the plate, hitting .355 in April before tailing off in May and June. He rebounded in July with an .802 OPS, but finished with a .630 OPS over the final two months of the season. Galvis' best tool remains his glove. His defense will keep his bat in the lineup most days, and if he can maintain the lower strikeout rate he established last season, it won't be unreasonable to expect another season hitting .250 or .260. There won't be much else to go along with that average outside of a few home runs and maybe double-digit stolen bases. Galvis is ultimately just a placeholder at short until top prospect J.P. Crawford is ready for the majors. That might not be until 2017, which would give Galvis another full season as a starter before he likely shifts to a utility role.
Galvis missed a large portion of spring training last year while battling a MRSA infection. When he returned to the Phillies in mid-April, it was clear he did not get the reps he needed in camp as he got off to a 1-for-30 start at the plate. The Phillies sent him to the minors in May where he suffered a fractured left clavicle which cost him two more months of his season. He returned to the Phillies in late August and assumed a utility role with the club. He is a virtual lock to open this season as the team's top utility infielder, but Galvis will have a chance to take over the starting job at shortstop following the trade of Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers in December. Unfortunately, he has shown little improvement with his offensive game and would likely be a liability to the vast majority of fantasy rosters.
Galvis opened last season with the Phillies in a reserve role, but was sent to the minors in June when it was clear he was not getting enough playing time. Galvis makes decent contact with the bat, but he has a poor eye at the plate and his strikeout rate is too high for a player with minimal power. He has a little speed, but it has not been put to use in his stints in the majors. Galvis' calling card is his top notch defense. He has proven he can play second, third and short in the majors as well as left field. It is a good sign, because he profiles best as a utility infielder, though he could also start at short for a club that wants to focus on defense from the position. Galvis is still young enough to make some improvements at the plate, but there are no signs that a breakout is coming. Subsequently, there are better endgame investments.
Galvis got a surprise opportunity with the Phillies last season with Chase Utley sidelined for the first three months. Galvis' defense was as advertised. He made the move to second with little problem and was one of the best defenders in the league at the position. Unfortunately, he was also one of the worst regulars at the plate. With just over 100 career at-bats at Triple-A there is no doubt Galvis was being rushed in his development last year. He's just 23 years old and his bat had been showing some signs of improvement in the minors, so all is not lost with Galvis at the plate. That said, he doesn't ever figure to hit for power and he also doesn't steal a lot of bases, making his upside at the plate quite limited. A fractured back ended his season prematurely and he tested positive for performance-enhancing substances in June. Galvis returned to action over the winter, playing in his native Venezuela. He may get an opportunity to win a job as the Phillies' third baseman this spring if the team does not bring in a free agent option.
Galvis improved significantly last season, hitting a combined .278/.324/.392 with eight home runs and 23 stolen bases between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He had been considered an all-glove prospect when the season began and now he has shown signs of being something more than that. The offensive numbers aren't overwhelming, but if Galvis can hit around .260 in the majors, his glove is going to keep him in the big leagues for a long time. He will likely open this year back at Triple-A but he could see time in the majors later in the year. He'll need to continue improving with the bat to be of any interest to fantasy owners, however.
Galvis spent his age 20 season at Double-A. Typically, playing at such a level at a young age indicates that a prospect has the potential to be something special. Galvis does have the potential to be special, but unfortunately for fantasy leaguers, Galvis is going to be special with his glove and probably never will be special with his bat. He struggled to stay above the Mendoza line last year and his .222 OBP was horrendous. There certainly is time for Galvis to figure things out with the bat, but expectations for that happening are low. His defense is considered major league ready and the Phillies have added him to their 40-man roster with an eye toward having Galvis fill a utility role in a few years. He's expected to open 2011 back at Double-A.
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Tacks on four more hits
SSSan Diego Padres  
September 26, 2018
Galvis went 4-for-5 with a walk, a strikeout and a stolen base in Tuesday's extra-innings loss to the Giants.
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Continues hot hitting
SSSan Diego Padres  
September 21, 2018
Galvis went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a second run scored to help San Diego to a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers on Friday.
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Homers, drives in four
SSSan Diego Padres  
September 20, 2018
Galvis went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's win over the Giants.
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Tallies four hits
SSSan Diego Padres  
September 19, 2018
Galvis went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Giants.
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Homers in loss
SSSan Diego Padres  
August 22, 2018
Galvis went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.
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