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Blue Jays mid-term report card: Grade Freddy Galvis’ first half

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When the Blue Jays signed Freddy Galvis I’ll admit I was a bit confused. We had unceremoniously dumped Troy Tulowitzki and we had traded off Aledmys Diaz (as it turned out Trent Thornton looks like a nice return), in an effort to clear room for Lourdes Gurriel at short or perhaps (we could hope) Bo Bichette. And, speaking for myself, I hoped that we would find a spot for Richard Urena. We seemed to have a surplus of middle infielders. Why Galvis? I thought the plan would be to have Galvis be back up at short, but that isn’t what happened.

The good part seemed ot that Galvis didn’t seem to be someone that should stand in the way of Bichette, when the team felt he was ready. I’m not sure when that will be.

He had a very hot start the the season. April 15 he was hitting .339/.369/.645 with 5 home runs. He was pretty much the only one in the lineup who was hitting at all.

Since then he’s not been as good, .239/.279/.374 with 7 home runs in the 61 games since.

In all, he has a .247/.297/.430 line, with 12 home runs, 16 walks and 73 strikeouts. FanGraphs has him at a 0.8 fWAR to the halfway point of the season. That’s right in line with his career numbers. So maybe we were right about one thing, he shouldn’t stand in the way of Bo when the team feels Bo is ready.

He has been a steady performer on defense, when everything around him has been changing. I’m old enough to think there is a value to having one infielder we can count on to be in place everyday. He’s worked with 6 second baseman.

Freddy has a -2.7 UZR/150. It does seem that a lot of ground balls are just out of his reach, but he makes all the plays he gets to and rarely makes an error.

I wonder if the team is hoping to trade him at the dead line. He’s a solid shortstop. He plays everyday. A contending team could do worse. If he gets on another hot streak he could really help push a team into the playoff, and if he doesn’t, he won’t be the reason why a team doesn’t make the playoffs.

He seems like a good teammate. There is always video of him helping out when other infielders are working on their defense. He seems very likeable.


For the first half I would grade Freddy Galvis an

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