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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 184
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.
It was a very brief stay with the big league club for Giavotella, as he was merely an insurance policy in case Omar Infante was forced to miss any time. He'll continue to function as organizational depth at Triple-A. Apr 12 - 12:56 PM

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Royals recalled 2B Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella will provide some help at second base while Omar Infante (jaw) recovers. He's at the keystone and hitting second Wednesday versus the Rays. Giavotella is a career .240/.278/.335 hitter over 424 plate appearances at the major league level.
Apr 9 - 11:08 AM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella wasn't going to win a starting job with Omar Infante around, and the Royals decided they'd rather have him starting at Triple-A than as a bench option in the majors. He hit .341/.391/.585 with a home run in 21 games this spring.
Mar 25 - 9:06 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-2 with a home run and three RBI against the Cubs on Saturday.

Giavotella hit his first spring homer off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the third inning. The second baseman won’t be the Royals’ starter with Omar Infante in town, but Giavotella could win a bench job with a strong spring. He’s batting .333 through 27 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 15 - 7:11 PM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella batted only .206/.289/.265 over 10 contests in a truncated second base audition earlier this summer. Kansas City has fallen all over themselves trying to keep Giavotella out of the lineup, marching out the likes of Chris Getz, Emilio Bonifacio, Jamey Carroll, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada at second. The 26-year-old Giavotella posted a .777 OPS at Triple-A in 2013, exactly 100 points less than he accrued last season at the same level.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella (hip) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday.

Giavotella was optioned to Triple-A Omaha last week, but hasn't played since Tuesday due to a hip injury. The results of the MRI will determine whether or not he'll be placed on the disabled list.
Sun, Jul 28, 2013 08:28:00 PM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella was recalled less than three weeks ago and installed at second base, but he batted only .206/.289/.265 over 10 contests. It's a little surprising that the Royals didn't give him a longer audition, but it appears that they'll go to a combination of Chris Getz, Elliot Johnson and Miguel Tejada at second.
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 06:21:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-4 with two RBI in his first game back with the Royals on Sunday.

Giavotella was finally promoted from Triple-A Omaha this weekend and will serve as Kansas City's starting second baseman going forward. The 25-year-old was hitting .289/.376/.425 with seven homers and seven stolen bases through 77 games at the Triple-A level before his promotion and is worth scooping up in mixed leagues.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 08:33:00 AM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

The 25-year-old was hitting .289/.376/.425 with seven home runs and seven stolen bases in 77 games for Omaha. He will serve as the Royals' regular second baseman and could hold some value in deeper mixed fantasy leagues.
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 08:12:00 PM

Royals optioned 2B Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

The writing was on the wall after Giavotella batted just .267 in 21 games this spring. Chris Getz will open the season as the Royals' starting second baseman.
Sat, Mar 23, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-4 with four RBI in the Royals' 13-2 stomping of the Giants on Saturday.

All of Giavotella's hits were singles, but they came at opportune times. The 25-year-old should get regular time at second this season and may carry value in AL-only fantasy leagues. He's batting .318 this spring.
Sat, Mar 9, 2013 06:05:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella and Chris Getz will both be used some in the outfield this spring.

"It’s not an experiment, but we want guys to be versatile, and those guys, we think, can handle it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Both Giavotella and Getz, who are competing for the second base job, have some limited outfield experience from the minors. They're probably not going to be much more than emergency guys there during the regular season.
Fri, Mar 8, 2013 09:49:00 AM

Johnny Giavotella singled and drove in a pair of runs in Thursday's 5-4 win over the Padres.

Giavotella had an RBI single in the third and knocked in another run on a groundout in the fifth. Chris Getz, his competition for the second base job, delivered an RBI single of his own in the seventh. The position battle is worth watching this spring, but we see Getz as the favorite.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella hit an RBI single on Saturday, plating the Royals’ lone run in a loss to the Twins.

Giavotella has struggled in two stints with the Royals this season, hitting .223 with no homers and nine RBI over 112 at-bats. He has displayed a strong offensive skill set in the minor leagues, but it’s taking longer than anticipated for it to translate at the major league level.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 07:05:00 PM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella appeared in 21 games with the Royals earlier this season, and will see semi-regular starts at second base. He should get an extended look with Chris Getz (thumb surgery) on the disabled list.
Fri, Aug 17, 2012 10:57:00 PM

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