Goldstein on Galvis and Sampson

In his latest NL East Notebook, he hits on two of our better prospects at Lakewood;

Two players currently at the Phillies’ Low-A affiliate at Lakewood don’t have very good numbers, but that doesn’t mean the scouts aren’t impressed with them nevertheless. Freddy Galvis, an 18-year-old Venezuelan shortstop, is batting just .225/.289/.257, but one scout who recent saw him couldn’t help but be impressed. “Defensively, he’s what I call an extreme defender—he’s just a magician out there,” said the scout. “Every day you see him, he’ll make at least one play that a lot of big-league shortstops wouldn’t have a chance at. And he’s not just flash, all the routine plays are made as well.” As for his non-existent offense, the scout did see enough room for improvement to tag him as an everyday player. “Look, he’s definitely a bottom of the lineup guy, but he slaps the ball around and keeps his hands inside well. I think that small-ball situational hitting will be there for him in the end, as there are some offensive instincts there.”

Another player not exactly lighting up the stat sheet for the Blue Claws is 19-year-old right-hander Julian Sampson. A 12th-round pick last year who got third-round money, Sampson has a 4.98 ERA in 16 starts with just 41 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings, but a scout who saw him found him the most memorable arm on the staff. “There’s just a lot to like there—he’s athletic, powerful, and has really nice arm action,” recalled the scout. “I saw effortless 91-93 mph velocity that touched 95, an above-average breaking ball, and an interesting kind of palmball as a change.” So why the poor numbers with that kind of stuff? The scout offered a couple of theories. “His command is below average, so he’s currently centering the ball, and there’s no deception in his delivery, so batters get a good long look at it.

14 thoughts on “Goldstein on Galvis and Sampson

  1. very nice to see. i am very excited about sampson. i strongly believe that he will be good. i love freddy too, but am not convinced that his bat will ever make it. but heck ozzie smith didn’t hit above .260 for the first 7 years of his career and had a few sub .225 seasons in there. is freddy fast? can he steal a bag?

  2. good stuff to hear about Galvis… I can’t wait to see him in reading or allentown one day, will be a fun player to watch….

    as for Sampson, dare to say skys the limit?? athletic strong 19 year old with + velocity, a above average curve, and a developing changeup

    good stuff

  3. Galvis sounds to me like a great 1960s-70s player who just came around at the wrong time. He’s got time of course, but if he can’t hit better than, say, .230/.320/.300, how can you give him an everyday job in the bigs?

  4. Adam Everett is proof that a no hit player can hold down a job. Galvis has more speed than Everett did. If Marson develops into an above average catcher and can hit 7th, hitting Galvis 8th in 5 years certainly isn’t the worst option in the world.

  5. And obviously, Galvis is a guy that can at the very least be a utility infielder. From all accounts, he’s too good defensively to not make it to the majors, so even if he does wind up topping out at .230/.320/.300, he still has value as a pinch runner and defensive replacement making the major league minimum. All the more reason to spend $3.5 million on the draft and Latin American signings instead of signing Rod Barajas, but I digress…

  6. Scouts’ praise for sampson has been high all year despite the numbers. I remember seeing a reference earlier in the season saying that Sampson was working in the high 90s and that phillies scouts thought samspon might be the best arm to come out of the draft, not just for the phillies, but period.

    Obvious problem is the performance doesn’t match, and I don’t have much faith, but it beats following a short-on-stuff senior-sign type inevitably hitting the wall as he climbs the ladder. For instance, seeing Chance Chapmen get by in low A, there is just a general sense of doom as you think of him moving up.

  7. “His command is below average, so he’s currently centering the ball, and there’s no deception in his delivery, so batters get a good long look at it.”

    Is there a high probability that if these are Sampson’s issues, they will be resolved?

  8. No one can say with certainty that his command will improve. But he’s 19. His velocity is plus, he at least has a feel for 2 offspeed pitches. He has plenty of time to figure out the rest. The goal right now should just be getting him innings, but managing his workload and moving him slowly.

  9. Galvis is only 18, really, really young for full-season A ball. He’s younger than Hewitt, who is trying to get started in GCL.

  10. sampson seems like a pretty exciting prospect, but the inability to hide the ball would be a concern, is it not?

  11. I think it kind of depends. I can think of plenty of successful pitchers that don’t hide the ball. He can compensate for that with good movement on his fastball. The only place it could be an issue is with his grip on his changeup. If he is throwing something resembling a palmball, that might be easier to see if you’re a batter.

  12. These days, I’m not sure you can get away with a shortstop that has an OBP of less than .300 who also slugs less than .300. It’s a different game, and as Dajafi pointed out, Galvis has probably come around at the wrong time.

    Phuture Phillies, even with Everett’s great glove, would you really consider him to be an impact shortstop? IMO, he’s a fringe major league starter at best. Jimmy Rollins, whose glove is a notch or two below Everett’s, is head and shoulders above Everett from an overall player basis.

    I’m not going to get myself too worked up about Galvis.

  13. Freddy went 5-5 last night and had a couple of 2 hit games just before that. Goldstein might have given Galvis a big mental lift. He also got hot for about 15 games earlier in the year. If he could raise his hitting and have a little more consistency, we might be talking about him like we do Marson. If he grows into a nickname like “Steady Freddy”… watch out.

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