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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Brookover: Freddy Galvis remains an option at shortstop for Phillies

Joe Jordan, the Phillies’ new director of player development, recently watched the 22-year-old Galvis play for Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League and turned in a favorable scouting report to Amaro.

“I really liked the reports I have gotten from Joe Jordan on Galvis,” Amaro said. “The reports were good on how he has progressed offensively.”

...Amaro said he was still in discussions with Rollins and other free-agent shortstops. He also conceded that there would be some risk in starting a rookie shortstop with no big-league and limited triple-A experience on a team with World Series aspirations.

“You never know how a guy is going to react, but we like his maturity level and makeup,” Amaro said. “But, of course, there is a risk, especially when you’re talking about replacing a guy who has arguably been the most steady shortstop in the game for many, many years.

“But I’m not afraid to take a risk. I look back at Kevin Stocker and think about how steady he was defensively and how much better offensively he was than anticipated.”

Neat. I look forward to a Freddy Galvis/Bobby Abreu-type deal.


Repoz Posted: December 03, 2011 at 12:12 PM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: December 03, 2011 at 03:59 PM (#4005685)
I had forgotten that Stocker hit .324 as a rookie in 1993 in 302 PA, with a 124 OPS+.

He was quite useful in 1994 (92 OPS+), 1996 (89) and even 1997 (82), assuming his fielding held up, plus 1999 (90).

Stocker dragged you down, hard, in 1995 (55), 1998 (54), and 2000 (64).
   2. Dr. Vaux Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:21 PM (#4005714)
He's not afraid to take a risk, but he wants Domonic Brown to start the year in AAA. That makes a lot of sense.
   3. a brief article regarding 57i66135 Posted: December 03, 2011 at 05:36 PM (#4005725)
if the team goes into the season with galvis penciled in as their starting SS, i think that's fine (not ideal, but fine), but that's mostly becomes i have confidence that if amaro sees that galvis can't cut it, he'll go into the trade market around the deadline and pull hanley ramirez or starlin castro or ichiro (who could definitely play shortstop if he really wanted to).
   4. bfan Posted: December 04, 2011 at 02:54 AM (#4006201)
ichiro (who could definitely play shortstop if he really wanted to).

While hitting 30 HRs a year, because he could, if he wanted to.

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