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7/10/1987 (29 y, 7 m, 11 d)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 3, Overall: 49, Team: Kansas City Royals
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Giavotella agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. (2/1/2017)
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"Scrappy" jokes aside, people want Johnny Giavotella to suceed, if for no other reason than a season of Chris Getz and/or Yuniesky Betancourt being the primary second baseman in Kansas City is too horrible to contemplate. Giavotella has actually hit well in the minors, at least in terms of batting average and contact. He's certainly done better as a hitter than the man who the Royals really want to take over at second soon, Christian Colon. But the scouts are not impressed with his hitting tool and even less impressed with his fieldling. Giavotella looks like he has the inside track on the starting second base job in 2012, and the Royals will probably give him a fair chance to succeed or fail, but this is not Eric Hosmer or Mike Moustakas, and they don't have that much invested in him if they feel like they have to pull the plug. The upside here is Alberto Callaspo. The downside is Callaspo's glove with Chris Getz's bat. (Matt Klaasen)
The Quick Opinion:
Johnny Giavotella, is short, scrappy, and defies the odds... he's the Royals' Dustin Pedroia, sans talent. But he's got the inside track on the 2012 starting job.
Giavotella missed a golden opportunity last year when he was tabbed the favorite for the starting second base job but failed to deliver any type of production during Spring Training. He began the season at Triple-A Omaha and, with strong play in the minors and an injury to Chris Getz, earned himself a call-up in May, but again, struggled to deliver at the big league level, batting just .217 through 21 games. He received another late season call-up but continued his struggles with too many strikeouts and not enough walks. He'll be given another opportunity to win the job heading into 2013, but if he fails to improve his plate discipline, then no matter how much he's improved his defense, he'll be nothing more than a platoon player at best. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Giavotella has improved his defense but continues to struggle with his plate discipline at the major league level. He'll be given another shot in 2013 to earn the starting second base job, but unless his bat comes around even just a little, he'll be nothing more than a part-time player. If he does win the job, then he'll be worth a late-round flier in roto leagues.
Johnny Giavotella has struggled to hit in the majors as his .240/.278/.335 career line in 424 plate appearances can attest. The struggles are a bit of surprise after he hit around .300/.400/.500 in the minor leagues. The big difference has been his change in plate discipline. In the majors he has walked at a 4.5% clip while it was at 10.2% in the minors. Additionally, he has struck out in 16.7% of his PA in the majors and only 11.0% of the time in the minors. While the 25-year-old may no longer be considered any kind of prospect, he has a small potential to breakout. Steamer projections currently have him near a league-average hitter (98 weighted Runs Created plus). With the addition of Omar Infante to the lineup in Kansas City, his chance to play for the Royals has probably passed. Johnny's best chance for increased playing time would be a trade. Another team could take the chance on him and see if his minor league production could translate to the majors. (Jeff Zimmerman)
The Quick Opinion:
Johnny Giavotella has hit the ball well while in the minors, but he has not been able to translate that production to the majors. He is fantasy-irrelevant unless the Royals trade him to another team.
Generally speaking, minor-league stats translate pretty regularly to the majors. If a batter records a 20% strikeout rate in Triple-A, he'll probably post something like a 25% rate in the majors. A walk rate of 10% at Triple-A, meanwhile, probably translates to something like 6 or 7% in the majors. The precise numbers are likely different, but the point remains: due to the increased level of competition, a player moving from Triple-A to the majors generally experiences some natural decline in his numbers. Of note regarding Giavotella is the
of that decline. After producing an above-average batting line at Triple-A Omaha in 2011 as just a 23-year-old, Giavotella failed to approximate anything like that success over nearly 200 plate appearances with the Royals in August and September of that year. Almost every year since has followed a similar pattern: above-average minor-league numbers coupled with dreadful major-league ones in a somewhat limited sample. The second baseman, who now enters his age-27 season having produced negative wins, was traded to the Angels over the winter, where he'll serve as insurance should Taylor Featherston and/or Josh Rutledge fail to play adequately. (Carson Cistulli)
The Quick Opinion:
Giavotella's minor-league success hasn't translated to the majors. Now in the Angels system, he'll serve as infield depth, with a chance at finding time eventually at the club's uncertain second-base spot.
Johnny Giavotella has put up some impressive seasons in Triple-A, but so far it hasn't really translated to his big league performance. In 967 career plate appearances, he has a .255/.299/.355 line -- and even for a middle infielder, that is not good. In particularly deep formats (AL-only or 20+ team mixed leagues), the simple fact of having a starting second base job makes him a potentially useful middle infielder, but you have to wonder about the grip he has on that job. The Angels now have the very versatile Yunel Escobar on the roster and have options, namely Kaleb Cowart and Kyle Kubitza, who could demand playing time at third base and shift the aforementioned Escobar to second base. (Chad Young)
The Quick Opinion:
In the deepest leagues, simply starting everyday at a middle infield position can be enough to make a player worth rostering. But that is about the most Giavotella brings to the table.
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Updated: Monday, February 20, 2017 11:40 AM ET
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