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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman | #12

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8" / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: New Orleans
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (0) / KC
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Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI single in Thursday's loss to the A's.
Giavotella notched an RBI single off Kendall Graveman in the fourth inning. He would later uncork a leadoff ninth-inning double and come around to score on a two-run homer by Shane Robinson, but the Angels would fail to rage against the remainder of the dying of the light, ultimately falling 5-4. With a .272/.291/.412 triple-slash, six homers and 25 RBI over 228 at-bats, Giavotella's fantasy upside is pretty limited. Jun 24 - 1:16 AM

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Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's win over the Twins.

Giavotella unloaded on an Ervin Santana offering for a two-run dinger in the second inning. It put the Angels up 3-1 and while the Twins would make pushes on the scoreboard, the home team never relinquished the lead after Giavotella's homer. For the season, the 28-year-old second baseman is slashing .274/.298/.396 with four homers and 21 RBI over 197 at-bats. He has homered in back-to-back games. Monday's affair saw him not only homer, but also finish 4-for-4.
Jun 15 - 2:40 AM

Johnny Giavotella went 4-for-4 with a double and a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Twins.

Giavotella didn't pick up the home run until the ninth inning. It did not have any tangible effect on the outcome of the game. The 28-year-old infielder is hitting .269/.294/.378 with 11 doubles, three homers and 19 RBI over 193 at-bats.
Jun 14 - 1:38 AM

Johnny Giavotella went 0-for-4 on Monday and is hitting just .169/.183/.237 in 59 at-bats.

The Angels are certainly regretting never bringing in any real competition for Giavotella over the winter. He'll bounce back some offensively, but once defense is factored in, he's still not going to be a very good regular.
May 2 - 11:41 PM

Johnny Giavotella is not in Monday's lineup against the Athletics.

He'll take a seat against A's ace Sonny Gray. The switch-hitting Cliff Pennington will make the start at second base and bat ninth.
Apr 11 - 6:36 PM

Mike Giavotella plated two runs Thursday in a tie with the Mariners.

He doubled to left field in the first inning and reached base again with a single in the fourth. Giavotella has had a steady spring with 11 hits in 34 trips to the plate. He’s the favorite to start at second base over Cliff Pennington.
Mar 17 - 7:55 PM

Johnny Giavotella clubbed a three-run homer off Anthony Ranaudo in the Angels' 7-3 Cactus League victory over the Rangers on Sunday afternoon in Arizona.

He also had a big game Saturday against the Giants. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said back in mid-February that second base would be an open competition this spring, but Giavotella is the clear favorite. He has the potential to offer some production in AL-only leagues.
Mar 13 - 8:06 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that the starting second base job is an open competition.

Giavotella is the incumbent and the favorite, but Rey Navarro, Gregorio Petit, and Cliff Pennington will all get looks this summer in Cactus League play. Giavotella showed promise at times last season, but he finished with a rough .272/.318/.375 batting line and four home runs in 129 total games. Scioscia might do well to work a platoon at second base this year.

Johnny Giavotella delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning on Saturday, capping off an incredible comeback as the Angels topped the Rangers 11-10.

The Angels jumped out to an early 5-1 lead in the ballgame, before their defense and bullpen imploded to allow the Rangers to take a 10-6 advantage. That was the score entering the final frame, when Erick Aybar and Kole Calhoun started with solo homers to pull them to within two runs. Several timely two-out hits later, Giavotella came through with the biggest knock of the season, plating the go-ahead run in an absolute must-win game. The Angels now sit just 1/2 game back of the final Wild Card spot, pending the Astros result on Saturday.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:15:00 PM

Angels activated 2B Johnny Giavotella from the 15-day disabled list.

Giavotella missed a month of action while battling fourth-nerve palsy. He's at second base and hitting ninth Friday.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 05:39:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) could return to action as soon as this weekend.

Giavotella, who has missed a month with fourth-nerve palsy, took live batting practice Tuesday and wasn't experiencing any double vision. He'll take BP again Wednesday and could be activated in a few days. "If he’s physically able to go and he’s swung the bat, I’m sure we’ll get him in there at some point," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 09:46:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) could face live pitching in the instructional league on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy. There remains no timetable for his return, but he's making progress.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) continues to take batting practice but is not close to being cleared to face live pitching.

Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy, which affects his vision. It's looking like a long shot that he'll make it back this season. "He’s feeling better, but there’s no Eureka moment where he’s ready to play," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He’s not day to day. This is still a process."
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 09:42:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella (illness) will take batting practice on Tuesday.

He'll then face live pitching after that. Giavotella hasn't played since August 20 after being diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy, which has caused him to have double vision when looking to the left or down. He's getting better, though, and it looks like he'll make it back before the end of the season.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 07:08:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella said his vision is "95 percent better" than when he was first diagnosed with fourth-nerve palsy.

The diminutive second baseman is nearing a return. The Angels have been mixing and matching at second base during his absence. Giavotella last played on August 20.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 07:25:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Geovany Soto
2Jett Bandy
3Juan Graterol
1B1C.J. Cron
2Ji-Man Choi
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Gregorio Petit
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Yunel Escobar
2Jefry Marte
LF1Daniel Nava
2Craig Gentry
3Shane Robinson
4Todd Cunningham
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
DH1Albert Pujols
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2Hector Santiago
3Matt Shoemaker
4Nick Tropeano
5Tim Lincecum
6C.J. Wilson
7Andrew Heaney
8Garrett Richards
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Fernando Salas
4Cam Bedrosian
5Jhoulys Chacin
6Cory Rasmus
7J.C. Ramirez
8Deolis Guerra
9Jose Alvarez