Besides the San Diego Padres needing his bat to heat up for the betterment of the team, Freddy Galvis has other, possibly even higher-pressure worries on his mind.
Over the San Diego Padres’ first seventeen games, they likely figured they’d hit the offseason-jackpot by trading for shortstop Freddy Galvis.
Besides making very tough plays at shortstop look fairly pedestrian on a somewhat regular-basis, Galvis, 28, was tearing the cover off of the ball at the plate.
A lifetime .244 hitter with a .658 OPS didn’t exactly give any of us any kind of inkling as to what type of potential the Venezuelan native has with a bat in his hands.
Padres liked what they saw out of Galvis, for sure
Over the Friars’ first few weeks of regular-season play, we saw just how valuable of a player Galvis could be to a team.
Through the team’s first seventeen games, Galvis slashed .316/.435/.421 with a home run, seven runs batted in and twelve walks in just 57 at-bats.
While we all knew that these types of numbers wouldn’t ever be sustainable, but I’ll be the first to admit that a .280/.350/.400 season could be in the works. I don’t quite think that’ll be the case though.
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Galvis slump comes at a tough time
Since April 16, in 35 at-bats Galvis has hit .086/.111/.197 with thirteen strikeouts and one walk.
That could be the most dramatically quick offensive downturn I’ve seen in recent memory.
We can only hope that this is simply a really bad slump and that Galvis will snap out of it soon.
But unless Freddy Galvis can turn things around, and very soon, .244/.658 seems to be where he’s headed.
His pristine glovework at shortstop most certainly makes up for any deficiencies he may have as an offensive player.
Unfortunately, a literal golden glove with magic powers that attract baseballs won’t ever make up for a sub-.200 batting average.
The potential is clearly there for Galvis, as evidenced by his outstanding start to the season. As a free-agent-to-be, things really couldn’t have gone much better.
But if he can’t regain that form, or even something closely resembling it as the season wears on, he could find himself in a tough spot come this offseason.