The Phillies offense has been lackluster at best so far this season, and much of that can be attributed to a sub-par outfield. The highest batting average among the Phillies outfielders this season belongs to Dom Brown, who also walks about as much as a two-legged dog (and no not that awesome one who walks on two legs). No member of the outfield has produced what the organization had hoped for up to this point, as Ben Revere is hitting only .237, but has been hitting much better as of late. Delmon Young, recently back from the disabled list has hit only .242, albeit in a small sample size. This is where Galvis makes complete sense, something Ruben Amaro Jr. and Charlie Manuel often seem opposed to.
Galvis in his sparing appearances at the plate this season (50 AB's) had looked solid, hitting .280 and also has a higher OBP, SLG, and OPS (.345, .460, .805) than all other members of the Phillies ragtag outfield. At this point it has come time for old Chuck to take a chance and give Galvis more opportunities in the outfield. Yes, it would still be wise to use him as a substitute for the aging core of the infield in order to rest them, but Galvis needs to be given more at-bats if the Phillies hope not to stunt his growth as a player.
With the exception of Ben Revere, Galvis is probably an upgrade defensively over every other option in the Phillies outfield, and looking at the statistics, which yes I know Ruben is opposed to, he is also an upgrade offensively. So before its too late this season, maybe Charlie will begin to give Galvis the playing time he has earned. If not and the Phillies find themselves out of contention late in the season, they will then have an even bigger decision to make as they look to the future and consider moving Galvis to the outfield while he awaits his role as a starting infielder.
By: Kyle Babcock
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