Will infielder Jonathan Galvez take over once Chase Headley is dealt? Mandatory Credit: MiLB.com

Is It Jonathan Galvez’s Time In San Diego?


For a player that is listed at 6’2″, 200 lbs, and has yet to get a chance to play in the big leagues, he becomes an intriguing topic. Jonathan Galvez according to Baseball-Reference.com, is listed as a second baseman, a shortstop, and a left fielder. Here’s the thing, the San Diego Padres have Jedd Gyorko, Everth Cabrera, and a combination of Carlos Quentin, and Seth Smith. Here’s another fact, Chase Headley will be dealt by the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline. This is where Galvez comes into the picture.

While he has plenty of infield experience, is he ready at 23-years-old to take over the hot corner when Headley is dealt? How’s he been doing at Triple-A El Paso you might ask? In 165 plate appearances so far, he’s hitting .303, with 7 home runs, 25 runs driven in, is slugging .497, and has an OPS of .867. Sure, he’s struck out 37 times, but the rest of his numbers are impressive. If Jace Peterson can be shuttled through the Friars farm system, why not give someone who has played at the upper levels of that same system a shot to prove himself at the big league level? 17 of Galvez’s 50 hits on the season have been of the extra-base variety, so he’s definitely primed to be a run-producer. Then again, anyone that can hit their body weight should be getting a looksy in San Diego.

The Padres most likely won’t be getting what they had hoped for from a player of Headley’s caliber, but with time spent on the disabled list with a strained calf, and now with a herniated disc, the return will be minimal for a player who will hit the open market this winter. The New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly the most interested in acquiring Headley, which once he’s dealt, should swing the door wide open for a rebuilding franchise vision of the San Diego Padres, and in turn present Jonathan Galvez with a shot to take over third base.

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  • ballybunion

    Are you SURE Headley will be traded at the deadline? The Padres are winning, and the new GM will take over before the season is over. Could the team play Headley the rest of the season and let the new GM have a shot at signing him? His trade value has dropped the last two years, he and his agent may realize he’s not a $15 million player and be more realistic in what they expect. That might be more productive gamble than what they’ll likely get in trade, and there will be a hole at third with Gyorko out the rest of the season. Keeping Headley to play out the string would give Galvez a chance to acclimate in Spring Training, instead of put pressure on him by calling him up the last two months. With Smith signed, Mike Dee saying Street won’t be changing uniforms, and only Denorfia the other free agent (and possibly re-signable), it looks like the Padres are standing pat until they get a new GM.