Freddy Galvis
Freddy Galvis
30-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Cincinnati Reds
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Galvis has now been an everyday player for the past five seasons, and while he contributes across the board, he does not do any one thing particularly well. He is now two seasons removed from a double-digit steals effort, but the 23 homers and 70 RBI last season between two friendly environments in Toronto and Cincinnati were career bests for the versatile infielder. The switch hitter is a better run producer from the left side but a better tablesetter when hitting from the right side against southpaws. Everything in the advanced numbers are bearish on Galvis continuing the production from this past season, though he will remain in a friendly home park after the Reds picked up his $5.5 million club option for 2020. There's a good chance he opens the year as the Reds' starting shortstop, replacing Jose Iglesias. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2019. Waived by the Blue Jays in August of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Reds in August of 2019. Reds exercised Galvis' $5.5 million option for 2020 in October of 2019.
On bench for Game 1
2BCincinnati Reds
September 30, 2020
Galvis is not in Wednesday's Game 1 lineup against Atlanta.
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Kyle Farmer, who is a career .291/.336/.425 hitter against lefties, will start at shortstop and bat eighth with Max Fried on the hill for Atlanta. Galvis could be used as a defensive replacement.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .750 418 45 10 40 8 .284 .309 .441
Since 2018vs Right .690 983 102 33 113 5 .235 .296 .394
2020vs Left .763 34 4 2 4 0 .250 .294 .469
2020vs Right .716 122 14 5 12 1 .217 .320 .396
2019vs Left .717 183 16 4 19 2 .283 .295 .422
2019vs Right .742 406 51 19 51 2 .249 .296 .446
2018vs Left .778 201 25 4 17 6 .291 .323 .455
2018vs Right .635 455 37 9 50 2 .228 .289 .346
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+62%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+12%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .678 657 66 19 72 7 .239 .288 .389
Since 2018Away .731 745 81 24 80 5 .259 .308 .423
2020Home .890 74 12 5 10 0 .262 .351 .538
2020Away .549 83 6 2 5 0 .176 .265 .284
2019Home .662 256 24 9 24 1 .237 .262 .400
2019Away .790 333 43 14 46 3 .279 .322 .468
2018Home .642 327 30 5 38 6 .236 .294 .348
2018Away .716 329 32 8 29 2 .258 .304 .412
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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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.43
 
BB Rate
8.2%
 
K Rate
18.9%
 
BABIP
.231
 
ISO
.184
 
AVG
.220
 
OBP
.308
 
SLG
.404
 
OPS
.712
 
wOBA
.309
 
Exit Velocity
81.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
27.0%
 
Barrels/PA
3.9%
 
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The durable Galvis has missed only four games since 2016. He's the only player to appear in all 162 games the past two seasons. A below-average hitter, Galvis' volume had made him an asset in deeper formats. His contact is a little better than average, but limited power and speed keep his BABIP, hence overall average, in check. He has reached double-digit homers the last three seasons, with 2016's 20 the outlier as he's swatted 25 total the past two years. In 2018, Galvis snapped a three-year run with double-digit steals, falling a pair short as his success rate fell for the third straight season. Galvis' slick glove has kept him in the lineup despite middling offensive production. Galvis should continue to play close to every day after signing with Toronto, because while his fielding slipped some in 2018, he still represents a significant defensive upgrade over Lourdes Gurriel at the shortstop position.
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.
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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Sitting for Sunday's finale
2BCincinnati Reds
September 27, 2020
Galvis is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Twins.
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Pops seventh homer
2BCincinnati Reds
September 25, 2020
Galvis went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and one run scored in Friday's 7-2 win over the Twins.
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Not in lineup
2BCincinnati Reds
September 22, 2020
Galvis will sit Tuesday against the Brewers.
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Making second straight start
2BCincinnati Reds
September 21, 2020
Galvis will start at shortstop and will bat eighth Monday against the Brewers.
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Back to bench
2BCincinnati Reds
September 14, 2020
Galvis will return to the bench for the first game of Monday's doubleheader versus the Pirates.
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