Recently, as De Los Santos has made his major league debut with the Phillies, the debate has raged on about whether or not this was a smart move.
One side says it was unnecessary to trade for a rental shortstop in a rebuilding year and the other side has had enough of bottom-of-the-barrel infielders attempting to impersonate a shortstop for the Padres for the past four or five years.
First of all, who says he is a rental? Who is to say there is 0% chance the Padres re-sign Galvis after this year? I am not so sure it’s a done deal that Galvis is one-and-done as a Padre.
Secondly, can’t we all just take a step back and appreciate what we are seeing from Galvis?
Granted, he is no Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa, but he has been pretty much what the Padres hoped he would be once he arrived in San Diego. He plays every single day (leads the MLB with 99 games played), plays a good defense and occasionally comes through with the bat, certainly more so than the previous shortstops the Padres have had.
We will take into consideration offense, defense and overall value using wRC+, Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) and Wins Above Replacement (WAR).
Defensive Runs Saved
Wins Above Replacement
I originally thought Galvis was the best shortstop the Padres have had since Khalil Greene. Defensively, that statement is true, in fact, Galvis might be even better than Greene with the glove.
With the bat, of course Galvis leaves something to be desired. He has dropped below Erick Aybar’s 2017 wRC+ but Galvis’ defense far exceeds Aybar’s. I don’t think there is much argument that Galvis is the best all-around shortstop the Padres have had since Everth Cabrera, but even he had poor defensive numbers. Cabrera made up for it with the bat as he hit .283 with 37 stolen bases in 2013, however we now know that was perhaps aided by performance-enhancing drugs as he was suspended as part of the Biogenesis PED investigation later that season.
Galvis has a black mark on his record from 2012, but that was a long time ago. He has learned from then. Take Cabrera out of the equation and Galvis certainly tops the list of the post-Greene era. Alexi Amarista was reliable defensively but never was a threat with the bat, averaging a wRC+ just under 62 in his four seasons in San Diego.
Let’s not even get into Alexei Ramirez.
Jason Bartlett was serviceable with the bat in 2011 but an eyesore on defense.
Having a good defensive shortstop is similar to having a good defensive catcher in a way that you don’t need that player to be a superstar at the plate. Of course, you would love both but there is value in having a good defensive shortstop, even if that means having to compensate for a punch-less bat. Galvis’ bat is not punch-less but it certainly has cooled off. He posted a wRC+ over 80 in April and June but is at a microscopic 37 in July.
I guess we can forgive him if he keeps making plays like these at short.
All in one motion. How?! ? pic.twitter.com/Jb3RHd6ePK
— MLB (@MLB) July 13, 2018
Galvis may not be the best shortstop since Khalil Greene as that title may still be with Cabrera but there is no denying Galvis has been the best since Cabrera and it is not even close. It’s just nice to have an everyday, competent, Major League-caliber shortstop on the Padres again and the people agree.
I haven’t said this about a Padres player in a very long time, but Freddy Galvis is good television
— Brotha⚾️ (@tokenbrotha) July 13, 2018
— Bob Scanlan (@heyscan) July 13, 2018
— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) July 2, 2018