… Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies have begun the process of teaching Freddy Galvis second and third base, “making him a potential option as a utility infielder.”
“It is unclear if Galvis will play any games at those positions during the Grapefruit League schedule,” Zolecki writes in the wake of a two-error afternoon by Michael Martinez at second base. Martinez is considered the front-runner to head north as the Phillies’ utility man capable of backing up Jimmy Rollins at short, while Galvis is expected to return to Lehigh Valley for regular playing time. But Phillies’ officials continue to hint that Galvis’ time is coming.
Still, Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel was unfazed by Mini Mart’s tough afternoon in Tampa, telling Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com “He had a rough day, but it was only the second game we’ve played. At the same time, you’d like to catch those balls. … Michael did a good job defensively for us last season. One off day doesn’t mean he can’t play defense.”
Beerleaguer: The Phillies are crazy for treating Mini Mart like an incumbent. He's not a Rule 5 success story worth touting. He's deceptively old. He’s no better than average defensively at any position and the entire package is well below replacement level. The fact that he can run around the outfield does nothing for me. Even the best defenders need to hit. Meanwhile, Galvis is your reigning Phillies minor league player of the year and blocked at short for the next three seasons. The Phillies field Faberge eggs at second and third. I’d love to see the Phillies give young Freddy an accelerated education.
Be that as it may, here's an early prediction: Galvis heads to minor league camp in a few weeks while Martinez, Kevin Frandsen and Pete Orr battle until final cuts. Frandsen sneaks onto the team when the Phillies realize they mostly need a righty pinch hitter with infield credentials.