By all accounts, the San Diego Padres’ shortstop had a pretty good first day of work at his new job. Besides making a few outstanding plays in the field, he also added the game-tying base hit in the ninth inning.
The San Diego Padres and their fans are all hoping that Freddy Galvis‘ wonderful Opening Day showing was a sign of good things to come for the team’s new shortstop.
During his first few seasons in the major leagues, there was some buzz surrounding the Venezuelan native at times, but his fielding skills consistently outweighed his perceived offensive ceiling.
He would piece together stretches that he would be absolutely dominant on both sides of the lines for the Phillies, but never became the consistent hitter that Philadelphia’s front-office had in mind as they moved him through their farm system.
In the second inning of yesterday’s game against the Brewers, we got a glimpse of the types of plays we can expect to see from Freddy Galvis at shortstop this season. Check out this gem of a play, courtesy of @JohnnySilva619:
If that wasn’t enough, Galvis also had the game-tying hit in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings, via MLB:
Padres might as well enjoy Galvis while he’s a Friar; may not be for long
After coming to the Padres in a trade this past offseason, few had Galvis pegged as more than a place-holder for the bevy of middle-infield prospects that the team currently has, bubbling to the upper-crust of their organization.
Sure, this season may be Galvis’ only year in San Diego. That’s a completely conceivable scenario considering that he’s a free agent after the season and the potential he has to showcase his skills this season for the Friars.
Never in his career has the 28-year-old had so much protection around him in the lineup. If he continues to make plays in the field like the one he made yesterday, plus his bat comes to the forefront of his game, this could be yet another lightning in a bottle situation for the Padres.