Batting Average - .194
On Base % - .229
Slugging % - .299
OPS - .527
No amount of defensive wizardry can make up for that. That's not good. That's not okay. That's not mediocre. That's not slightly below average. That's not bad. That's really f'n bad. We here at WSBGMs are fond of Todd Zolecki and appreciate the love he's shown us over the years, but his excuses and defense of Freddy Galvis are inexcusable. Maybe he's walking the company line, much like organization brown-noser Chris Wheeler, or maybe he just truly believes Galvis can hit. I, on the other hand, look at his poor minor league offensive numbers and watch him at the plate against MLB pitchers that make him look weak and silly and am pretty damn confident when I make a proclamation like this- Freddy Galvis is not a MLB capable batter and will never be. I don't have a crystal ball. I don't have a Delorean to visit the future. Sure, he might develop into an acceptable utility infielder, because his glove is that good, but his bat will never be.
I'm not trying to throw Zolecki under the bus. He's a good guy and has the balls to defend Galvis, just as I have the cajones to slander him (Galvis, not Zolecki). For the record, he's not the only blogger drinking the Galvis Kool-Aid.
I am also not trying to pin all the offensive woes on Galvis. Watch the games and you know that's a collective
Some of Zolecki's gems over the past week:
*Freddy Galvis has no reason to hang his head. He has played brilliant defense, and is hitting .214 with four doubles, one home run and five RBIs through 17 games. Those five extra-base hits are tied with Carlos Ruiz for the team lead. Not bad for a guy that had just 121 at-bats above Double-A Reading before this season. It’s the rest of the offense that has played terribly. From- April 24.
*That is a small sample size, much like Freddy Galvis‘ 0-for-12 start was a small sample size (although there were folks who absolutely knew Galvis could not play in the big leagues based on those 12 at-bats.) From- April 27.
*Freddy Galvis has hit eighth 14 times. He started his career 0-for-12, but is 13-for-51 (.255) since. Remove the first three games of the season and Galvis has a .650 OPS. That would rank fifth on this list. From- April 28.