Freddy Galvis is hoping that in his case, the second time’s the charm. For the second straight season, the Phillies shortstop has been nominated to win a Gold Glove Award. Galvis is up against last year’s winner, Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Corey Seager of the Dodgers for the honor, which will be announced November 17th.
Galvis upped his fielding percentage from .987 last season to .989 this season, while ironically, the major league average fielding percentage for a shortstop went down from .975 last season to .973 in 2017. Galvis played in one fewer game at short (155) this season than he did in 2016 when he played in a career-high 155 games at short, but had 12 more fielding chances and one less error. While the 27-year old played exclusively at shortstop in 2016, he played one game in center field and one in left field for the Phillies this past season.
Crawford had a fielding percentage of .982 and Seager had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop this season, with both players playing 138 games at short.
The Phillies are debating what to do with Galvis this winter, with shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford pushing for a major league job out of Spring Training in 2018. Second base prospect Scott Kingery is also starting to push for a job in the majors, but the Phillies have Cesar Hernandez encamped at second base in the big leagues. It’s possible that Crawford could be shifted to third if the Phillies were to deal Maikel Franco, or that they could open the season with him back at Triple-A Lehigh Valley as they look to make a move closer to the July trade deadline.
Galvis is eligible for arbitration this winter and could file for free agency following the 2018 season if he’s not signed long-term.