Minor League stars Galvis, May honored

Minor League stars Galvis, May honored

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday honored Freddy Galvis and Trevor May as their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Galvis, 21, hit .278 with 28 doubles, five triples, eight home runs, 43 RBIs and, 23 stolen bases and 78 runs in 137 games between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley. May went 10-8 with a 3.63 ERA in 27 games for Class A Clearwater. He struck out 208 in just 151 1/3 innings, third-most in the Minors.

The Phillies have said Galvis has been big league ready defensively for years, but he struggled offensively until this season. Galvis said a rigorous offseason training program in which he added muscle, which included pushing and pulling cars in Clearwater, helped him improve at the plate.

The Phillies will have to decide if Galvis has improved enough offensively to possibly replace Jimmy Rollins, who is a free agent following the season.

"We've talked a lot about Freddy over the last several months," Phils general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I'm pretty comfortable with how he's developed. Is he ready to be the shortstop for a team that's supposed to be contending for a World Series? We don't know that yet, but he's certainly made a lot of progress. If we had a perfect world, we'd probably have him play a full season at Triple-A and then kind of go from there. But sometimes timing doesn't work out that way."

The Phillies could be forced into a decision if Rollins goes elsewhere.

But could the club handle lesser production offensively at shortstop with offensive questions elsewhere on the diamond, including second base, where Chase Utley's .776 on-base-plus-slugging percentage is the worst of his career since he became an everyday player in 2005?

"Omar Vizquel couldn't hit at all," Amaro said. "I watched him. He was awful. But he made himself a better offensive player. And I got a chance to watch him, and he was the best defensive player I've ever seen. That position may not need all that much offense on our club. I think that's what's important is somebody who can pick it up and throw it across [to first base]."