Just because Michael Martinez is starting in center field does not make him a starting center fielder.
But tonight, there he’ll probably be. Unless it’s John Mayberry or some other stupid thing. Really, there’s no viable option. You’d think with the way the Phillies seem open to experimentation in the outfield right now – career first baseman Darin Ruf and third baseman Cody Asche are getting shots out there, and infielder Cesar Hernandez was dropped down to Reading to make some starts in center not long ago – they’d be trying to see more than Martinez out there.
“I’m just putting him out there, letting him play some games.”
Yes. Yes you are.
One thing at a time, though. Ruf’s out there because if he proves valuable, he’s blocked at first. Asche’s out there because we don’t really have any outfield prospects, so I guess, you never know whose a natural.
I mean, we know one guy whose a natural fielder. But Freddy Galvis hasn’t seen the light of Major League day for weeks.
The Phillies wanted their hyper-talented defense specialist in triple A so he could get regular at-bats and maybe work up that batting average a tick. Galvis, a defensive improvement anywhere in the infield, was given a shot or two in the outfield during spring training, and he looked much better than lost out there.
But the Phillies, who have a gaping hole in center right now without Ben Revere and are unwilling at the moment to address that putting Michael Martinez in a hole isn’t filling a hole, it’s just a hole with Michael Martinez in it, are not going to be trying Freddy Galvis out in center, according to Charlie Manuel.
Charlie says that if Freddy’s going to make it, he’ll make it at one of his real positions – shortstop or second base. But again, and I have a known bias here, and it’s ridiculous, but whatever, Freddy seems like a natural everywhere on the field, except the batter’s box.
On the one hand, I get it. Why fill a 23-year-old’s head with more crap than it needs, have him focus on his own game, then get up here and contribute like a pro. Use Michael Martinez as a warm body, then toss his empty husk when there’s a real player available. On the other, though – this year is already a complete disaster, and we’re now using our time to develop talent and see what the future could hold. Why not give it a shot?
Eh, who knows. Is Freddy a good hitter, yet?
Eh. Not really.