Wednesday, March 27, 2013

2012 Phillies Team Issue 2 #13 Freddy Galvis

Phillies 10, Rays 1
Spring Training Game 30 - Tuesday Afternoon, March 26th in Clearwater
Record - 14-15-1

One Sentence Summary:  Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen drove in a combined six runs as the Phillies defeated the Rays, 10-1.

What It Means:  Enough already.  Let's start this season!

What Went Right:  For the first time in his professional career, Galvis started in left field and by all accounts he looked fairly comfortable out there.  The super utility player hit a two-run home run in the fifth.

Domonic Brown enjoyed a three-hit day, and he's now hitting .373 this spring.  Led by Raul Valdes, the Phillies bullpen combined to allow just one Rays run on three hits.

Featured Cards:  At the start of the 2012 season, Galvis was forced into a starting role at second baseChase Utley's lingering knee issues.  In 58 games through early June, Galvis was hitting .226 and playing excellent defense when a back injury landed him on the disabled list.  A few weeks later, it was announced that Galvis had tested positive for a banned substance and he was suspended for 50 games.  When he suits up for the Phils in April, it will be his first Major League action since last June 6th.
2013 Chachi Almost #3
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Even though he was the team's opening day second baseman last year, Galvis received no cardboard appreciation from Topps.  Other than a few cards in the non-licensed Panini sets, Galvis' only 2012 baseball cards can be found in the team issued postcard-sized sets.

Camp Head Count:  32 minus 1 = 31.  Pitcher and non-roster invitee Aaron Cook was released yesterday morning.  Cook had a decent spring (3.38 ERA in six appearances) but the Phillies appear to have more confidence in their young pitchers at Triple-A than they did in Cook in terms of starting pitching depth.  Elsewhere, infiedler Yuniesky Betancourt, released a few days ago by the Phillies, signed a Major League deal with the Brewers.

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