By the time April was over, his dazzling display of defense awed fans.
When the request this spring for him to take reps at third base arose, he did it with ease. Things went so smoothly that he already started a game there this year.
Then when manager Charlie Manuel told Galvis he was throwing him in the outfield for a Grapefruit League game in March, Galvis' only concern was getting an outfielder's glove. He walked over to the minor-league complex to borrow one from prospect Carlos Tucci. Galvis used that same glove in his first three regular-season starts this month in left field.
Not knowing what position he's going play is a trend Galvis is growing accustomed to. In a five-game span last week, he started at four positions: second base, third base, shortstop and left field.
Phillies third-base coach Ryne Sandberg, who managed Galvis when the two were with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, is all too familiar with the challenges playing multiple positions can bring. He was a shortstop in the minor leagues, broke into the majors as a third baseman and then won nine Gold Gloves at second base.
But helping teach Galvis the proper footwork and positioning has been a breeze from Day One.
"He's the type of player that you mention something once to, and it sinks in and he immediately applies it to his game and then it's on to the next thing," Sandberg told me. "Now you can coach him on something else."
Maybe if it were a different year in Philadelphia, Galvis wouldn't be playing in the outfield. Maybe if he were on another team, he wouldn't even be a candidate. But considering Phillies outfielders were hitting just .217 (36-for-166) in their first 15 games before Galvis made his first start in left field, Manuel needed to shake things up.
"We started looking for people we thought could play in the outfield and I always thought Freddy was a candidate for that," Manuel said. "I always look at the guys' stride, and Freddy's got a good running stride: balanced and smooth. I always thought watching him run, I thought he could play about anywhere you wanted to put him."
Hearing that, I couldn't help but ask Galvis if he was planning on getting a first baseman's glove and keeping it in his locker, just in case.
"I'm too small for that," he said with a smirk.
Well then, since he's shifted around the infield with ease, he started three consecutive games in left field and made an impressive diving catch there during Friday's game, Galvis sounds like just the candidate to be the team's emergency catcher.
"No, no catcher. Thank God," Galvis said as he made the sign of the cross in the air.
The 23-year-old doesn't have to worry about his manager pulling a fast one and sending him back there one day. Manuel already has made up his mind about that one.
"Not going to make a catcher out of him," Manuel said. "Might hurt his hands."
That may be one of the only things that worries Manuel about Galvis.
Manuel, who's been in professional baseball for more than 45 years, appreciates old-school players. He hates hearing about the little aches and pains players have. He has little tolerance for guys who aren't baseball smart. And not knowing the fundamentals drives him crazy.
Galvis doesn't fit into any of those categories. In fact, Manuel thinks so highly of him, he hesitated to talk about him — You know those old-school guys always believe in jinxes.
"I like Freddy to be who is he," Manuel said. "Freddy don't gloat. He don't brag. He don't need attention. He just goes out and plays baseball because he likes it and he loves it. And you don't have to go talk to him. You don't have to write his name in the paper. He knows how to play baseball and he's determined he's going to be the best player he can possibly be. And I think the less I talk about him, the better off he's going to be."