MLB: ‘El Toco’ knocks on the doors of the Phillies and is back after four years

MLB El Toco knocks on the doors of the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies are taking their first real shot at a NL East title since 2011. Acquired shortstop Freddy galvis in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles and the Triple-A pitcher, Braeden Ogle, in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates before the trade deadline. Galvis improves a porous infield and Ogle replenishes the organization’s pitching depth.

The Phillies sent minor league pitcher Tyler Burch to the Orioles and minor league catcher Abrahan Gutierrez to the Pirates:

Phillies fans know Galvis, who played in Philadelphia from 2012 to 2017. He’s a stellar defender, so he should help the Phillies do something they haven’t done enough: make routine plays. Galvis has a .720 OPS and 97 OPS +, which compares favorably with Didi Gregorius, who has a .645 OPS and 75 OPS + and has struggled defensively.

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Galvis is on the disabled list with a quadruple strain, but the Phillies hope he can return soon. Dombrowski stopped short of defining Galvis’s role, other than saying he provides depth in multiple positions. But there is a chance that he could play regularly at shortstop, if Gregorius continues to fight.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. BA in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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