The only thing stopping Freddy Galvis’ extra-base hit assault on Grapefruit League pitching is the Phillies’ off-day on Monday.
Galvis, who leads the state of Florida with five doubles, is hitting .308 this spring with a .564 slugging percentage in 40 plate appearances. He has one extra-base hit per game in his last five starts – a solo homer against the Orioles, a triple vs. the Twins and three doubles in the last three games against the Rays and Astros.
The only player in spring training with more two-baggers than Galvis is former Phillie Ben Francisco, who the Indians released this afternoon.
Galvis isn’t the only Phillie atop the spring leaderboards. Ryan Howard is tied for the spring lead with four home runs and is second to Aaron Hicks with 12 RBIs.
Domonic Brown is fifth in on-base percentage at .523. He’s 16-for-37 (.432) with six walks. Brown also has four more runs scored (15) than any other player this spring.
Cole Hamels has a 0.90 ERA in three starts. No other pitcher with at least 10 innings has an ERA lower than 1.80.
Hamels’ 0.70 WHIP and .167 opponents’ batting average rank third.
These are all very, very small samples and we're not suggesting Brown will hit in the mid-.300s or Galvis will double 40 times. Typically, numbers like these come with the “spring stats are meaningless” disclaimer.
But Howard and Brown were major question marks heading into the spring, many feared Galvis would never hit and Hamels is gearing up for his first Opening Day start.
So their exhibition performances through March 11 do have meaning. Brown has never gotten off to such a hot start and Hamels had a 5.75 career spring training ERA prior to this year.