Freddy Galvis and Kevin Frandsen hit 1-2 in the Phillies’ lineup Friday against the Rays. It was a top of the order the Phillies likely never will see this season, or hope to. Both are familiar faces, having contributed much to the maligned 2012 campaign, though at different times. Each has a vastly different skill set than the other. Yet, both have been mentioned in the same breath countless times over the spring and winter. Both, however, could be in competition for one spot. It all depends on how the opening 25-man roster shakes out. But as of now, Galvis, Frandsen and Yuniesky Betancourt are fighting for one, possibly two, slots as utility bench players. Galvis is an elite defender, who has drawn raves from Phillies manager Charlie Manuel and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. alike. He can play second base, where he filled in for Chase Utley last year, shortstop – his natural position – and he’s picking up a feel for third base, where he could give Michael Young a breather this season. Frandsen also can play all three spots. But that’s where the similarities end.
Phillies: Three-way battle for utility players
Courier-Post | Mar 9