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Royals 40-Man Bios: Johnny Giavotella

Royals 40-Man Bios: Johnny Giavotella

 

Johnny Giavotella by Gage Matthews

 

Johnny Giavotella/2b

Bats: R      Throws: R

Height: 5’8”      Weight: 185 lb.

Born: 7/10/87 (24), Metairie, LA

College: N/A

Drafted: 2008, 2nd round by the Kansas City Royals.

 

After averaging a stat line of: .305 AVG/.375 OBP/.812 OPS over the span of about 3 ½ minor league seasons, Johnny Giavotella was summoned to the Kansas City Royals on August 5, 2011.

Giavotella went on to hit .247 in 178 at-bats with the Royals, and was their regular duty second baseman from that point forward.  Two days after being called up to the Royals, Giavotella hit his first professional homerun off Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer.

2012 Outlook:  The 2012 second base job for the Kansas City Royals is Johnny Giavotella’s to lose this spring.  His numbers in limited duty weren’t all that impressive last year, and his defense is/was a concern.  His minor league numbers suggest he has what it takes to be more of an offensive-minded second baseman, and he’ll benefit from having light-hitting competition in Chris Getz.  It is sounding as though Royals Manager Ned Yost is leaning toward inserting Giavotella into the second spot of the lineup.  If the Royals get something closer to what Giavotella did in the minors, they’ll have a solid 1-5 in their lineup.  I’m no baseball scout, but even I can see that Giavotella’s defense is a weakness as he appears to be somewhat stiff, and lacks range.  Simply put, Giavotella must hit, and he should be in a good position to do so, hitting between Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer or Billy Butler.

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About The Author

Thanks to Greg and the rest of the Pinetarpress.com crew for welcoming and allowing me to contribute to their stellar site. I jumped at the opportunity to become a contributor. Baseball, and more specifically, Kansas City Royals baseball is a deep rooted passion for me, and I look forward to being able to write about various Royals topics. When reading my material, keep in mind that I’m just a fan. I’m no insider, and I’m no seam-head. I appreciate advanced statistics, but don’t necessarily buy into all of them. I’m still “old school” in that I think you can still get a good evaluation through watching a player and whatever is offered on the back of his baseball card. I played small time college baseball in Kansas, and coached at the high school level. That is the extent of my baseball experience, but more appropriately those are the eyes through which I watch the game of baseball. I’m a KCK resident—a Dotte, if you will. I’m married and have a son who is itching to begin tee work, soft-toss, and a long-toss program (he’s 10 months old at the time of this writing). I’m active on Twitter. Follow me at @pyork_10. Go Royals!

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Comments (1)

  • jim fetterolf

    I’m more optimistic about Gio since hearing about the hip problem and repair, that labrum impacting both agility and the swing. I think we’ll have an impressive 1-7 lineup and we can hope Cain is for real and pretend that Escobar is just a pitcher batting 9th:)

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