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Johnny Giavotella | Second Baseman

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 184
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Recent News's Alden Gonzalez writes of Johnny Giavotella that the Angels' second base job is "pretty much his, for now."
Josh Rutledge entered camp as as the presumed favorite for the gig, but Giavotella has outplayed him this spring by batting .343 to this point. The former Royals' prospect has always hit in the minors but has been dinged for his defense and was never given a real shot in Kansas City. He could have some AL-only league value. Mar 26 - 8:39 PM

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Johnny Giavotella (thumb) will play in the Angels' Cactus League game Sunday.

That's good news on Giavotella, who had X-rays taken on his hand after injuring it during Friday's game. Giavotella will play the second half of Sunday's tilt. The infielder is battling with Josh Rutledge, who will also play Sunday, for the Angels' starting second base job.
Mar 22 - 12:49 PM

Johnny Giavotella is having precautionary X-rays taken of his hand to rule out a potential fracture.

Giavotella injured his hand while sliding in Friday's Cactus League game and the team wants to make sure that no serious damage was done. The 27-year-old has impressed thus far in Angels camp, hitting .280/.357/.600 with a homer and three RBI in his first 25 at-bats.
Mar 21 - 3:47 PM

Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 02:54:00 PM

Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Royals recalled INF Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha.

Giavotella will give the Royals some additional infield depth for the final month of the regular season. He is a .235/.273/.329 career hitter in the major leagues.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Royals optioned INF Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals have called up catcher Francisco Pena as some insurance while Salvador Perez nurses a hand injury. Giavotella is hitting .176 (6-for-34) with one home run and five RBI at the major league level this year.
Tue, May 20, 2014 03:04:00 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run against the Mariners on Sunday.

Giavotella also walked and scored in the game. But the big hit came in the seventh inning, as Giavotella took reliever Danny Farquhar deep to give the Royals the lead. It was his first home run in 14 at-bats this season.
Sun, May 11, 2014 09:14:00 PM

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

He'll give the Royals some second base depth while Omar Infante (back) is banged up. Giavotella's stay could be short, as Infante is not expected to need a trip to the DL.
Fri, May 9, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals plan to promote Johnny Giavotella prior to Friday's game.

He'll provide some infield depth while Omar Infante (back) is banged up. Infante is not expected to need a trip to the DL, so Giavotella's stay could be a short one.
Fri, May 9, 2014 04:48:00 PM

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.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 12:56:00 PM

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.
Wed, Apr 9, 2014 11:08:00 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.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 09:06:00 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.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 07:11:00 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

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Drew Butera
3Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2Marc Krauss
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Josh Rutledge
3Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Grant Green
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Matt Joyce
2C.J. Cron
3Efren Navarro
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S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
7Nick Tropeano
8Adam Wilk
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R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Cam Bedrosian
8Vinnie Pestano
9Ryan Mattheus
10Matt Lindstrom
11Drew Rucinski
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