If you talk to anybody that is a Phillies fan or even follows the team from time to time and ask them who the future shortstop of the team is, what would the answer be? J.P. Crawford. While we continue to wait until Jimmy Rollins' heir arrives, Freddy Galvis has done a nice job being a placeholder in between the two. Frankly, Galvis' defense combined with recent offensive power has put him in a position to win the National League Gold Glove award for shortstop.
Stop thinking about Galvis' batting average and on-base percentage for a second and let's look at the defensive side of the game. In his second full season as the Phillies starting shortstop, Freddy has a fielding percentage of .989, 16 points higher than 2015 and highest among qualifying National League short stops. Yep, you read that right. Galvis has a better fielding percentage than Asdrubal Cabrera of the Mets (.987), Brandon Crawford of the Giants (.981), Zach Cozart of the Reds (.980) and Addison Russell of the Cubs (.978) among others. The Major League Baseball average fielding percentage for shorstops is .975. Galvis ranks third in all of baseball in fielding percentage, behind only Detroit's Jose Iglasies and Baltimore's J.J. Hardy.