Johnny Giavotella & Jarrod Dyson: Deep League Wire

Excitement! Intrigue! Royalty! It’s a an all Royals edition of the deep league waiver wire which I am positive is the best thing you learned all day. A bad offense creates opportunities and has opened up playing time for two interesting names.

Johnny Giavotella | KC 2B | 3% Owned

Look who’s back for his seemingly eighth chance to run away with the starting second base job! He has seemingly been given an opportunity forever, but Giavotella has only racked up 380 career plate appearances. The Royals have predictably grown tired of Chris Getz and Elliot Johnson and have once again given Johnny the call. In the minors, Giavotella has made good contact, shown above average walk rates, and acceptable power from a middle infielder. He has also displayed some decent wheels, stealing as many as 26 bases back in 2009.

Unfortunately, the 26-year-old’s minor league skills have yet to translate to the Majors. His plate patience has disappeared, contact ability deteriorated and power non-existent. And to add salt to his wounds, his defense at second base has been poor according to UZR. But he still owns those decent offensive skills that if they could ever translate, would make him a fairly useful fantasy player for deep league owners. Ned Yost has shuffled his lineup several times this season, so if Giavotella gets hot, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him moved up to the two hole in the order to replace the OBP black hole Alcides Escobar.

Jarrod Dyson | KC OF | 7% Owned

As alluded to above, Yost likes to play the hot hand like the finicky fantasy owner who is always benching the slumping hitter and starting the hot one. That’s bad news for Lorenzo Cain owners and good news for Jarrod Dyson owners. After Cain opened the season in strong fashion, he wOBA’d .290 and .272 in May and June, respectively, opening the door for a rotation between he, Dyson and David Lough. But the thing with Dyson is that even if he doesn’t start, he will likely pinch run. And with his speed, that means many opportunities to rack up the thefts.

Of course, Dyson owns a career .297 wOBA, so when he returns to his slap hitting ways rather than continuing to exhibit his best Miguel Cabrera impression with that .278 ISO, he’ll probably find himself as the fourth outfielder again. But he already has 10 steals in just 56 plate appearances. That extrapolates to a ridiculous 107 swipes over 600 plate appearances, which is truly Billy Hamiltion-esque. As the overused phrase goes, if you have the need for speed, he’s your man.




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Mike Podhorzer produces player projections using his own forecasting system and is the author of the eBook Projecting X: How to Forecast Baseball Player Performance, which teaches you how to project players yourself. His projections helped him win the inaugural 2013 Tout Wars mixed draft league. He can be heard live every Wed. night at 9 PM EST on the Fantasy Baseball Roundtable Show. He also sells beautiful photos through his online gallery, Pod's Pics. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikePodhorzer and contact him via email.

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  1. Mister says:

    The Royals drive me nuts with Giavo. The minor league track record is good enough that he deserves a longer leash in the majors than they’ve ever given him. It’s stupid that they kept demoting him after a bad 150 PAs, especially when Getz and Johnson are the other options.

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    • FeslenR says:

      a lot of teams do this kind of crap though. Although Royals seems to specialize in it. They gave Frenchy all that leeway, after all.

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    • Dan Greer says:

      Agreed. Getz has the skillset of a utilityman without enough arm to play shortstop or 3B particularly well, yet they stuck with him as a starter for this long. Gia might only be a 1.5 win 2B (at best), but it’s considerably more upside than who he replaces.

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  2. maguro says:

    You’d better be playing in a really deep league if you can’t find a better second base option than Johnny G. He’s just a little tiny guy with a slider speed bat. Pass.

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