Should Galvis Continue Starting At SS Instead Of Crawford?
One of the Phillies top prospects JP Crawford posted a strong month of July compiling a .281 Batting Average with Eight Home Runs, 18 RBI, and a .389 on-base percentage in 27 games. But at the Major League Level the Phillies' starting Shortstop Freddy Galvis is having arguably the best season of his career with 11 Home Runs, 46 RBI and .415 Slugging Percentage in 106 Games while being second in the National League in Fielding Percentage among Shortstops at .987 Percent. So who should be the Phillies starting Shortstop moving forward?
CSN Philly Pre/Post Game Phillies Analyst Ricky Bottalico joined The Sports Bash on Thursday and explained why he would keep Freddy Galvis playing at Shortstop:
"I like Galvis, I really do. I think he’s a very good ball player and he’s proven it at the next level. I guess pick your poison, Freddy Galvis is going to be a very good defensive Shortstop, a very average hitter that will pop out a couple here and there. Or do you want a guy in JP Crawford who you really don’t know anything about at the big league level? To me, I’m a Galvis fan. I like the way he plays, I like the amount of runs he stops per year. So to me, it’s Freddy Galvis and not JP Crawford. I see a guy who’s getting it in Triple-A, you are not getting it at the big leagues yet. Once he comes up and does that I’ll be proud of him and I’ll say, yeah, he belongs here.”
Checkout what Bottalico had to say about the state of the Phillies Post-Trade deadline and how the pitching has improved as the season has progressed