Freddy Galvis projects as a regular shortstop or second baseman in the major leagues but will open the season as a utility man on the Phillies’ roster. He will be the primary backup at shortstop, second base and third.

Team officials want to make sure he gets enough at-bats to continue his development. One way to create at-bats is to make him even more versatile than he already is.

Over the last few days, Galvis, 23, has played some outfield for the first time in his career. He made his first start – in left field – on Tuesday and acquitted himself well. He played the whole game and made two catches in a nasty Gulf Coast wind that turned several balls into adventures.

“I feel good out there. It was fun,” said Galvis, who borrowed an outfielder’s glove from minor-league prospect Carlos Tocci, a fellow Venezuelan. “The more positions I can play, the better.”

Galvis also homered in the game, a 10-1 win over Tampa Bay. He drove in three runs. He has three homers this spring and is hitting .300 (21 for 70). Twelve of Galvis’ 21 hits are for extra bases. He is tied with Ryan Howard for the team lead.

“He’s matured and gotten stronger,” said Ryne Sandberg, who oversaw the game while Charlie Manuel received a dental procedure. “That’s resulted in some pop. He also uses the whole field and it’s tough to defense a guy like that.”

The Phillies are still likely to carry a fifth outfielder - it could be Rule 5 pick Ender Inciarte or someone from outside the organization – so Galvis would likely play the outfield only in an emergency during the regular season.

Sandberg thinks he can do it.

“Freddy’s a baseball player,” Sandberg said. “He has great instincts. You could put him anywhere on the field and those instincts would come out.”