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Another good prospect headed to Kansas City, as Royals call up Johnny Giavotella

Aug 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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The latest arrival in Kansas City’s season-long influx of young talent is second base prospect Johnny Giavotella, who was called up from Triple-A last night.

While not among the Royals’ historic stockpile of elite prospects, Giavotella would be one of the top few prospects in plenty of other organizations. He hit .322 with an .855 OPS in 134 games at Double-A last season and batted .339 with an .872 OPS in 109 games at Triple-A this year to earn the call-up.

Giavotella’s modest power matches his 5-foot-8 frame, but along with the .309 career batting average he’s struck out just 212 times in 1,967 plate appearances while drawing nearly as many walks (192) as whiffs. If things go well for Giavotella he projects as a potential leadoff man and if his development stalls a bit he should be a solid contributor at the bottom of the lineup.

And either way he almost can’t help but be an upgrade over the man he’s replacing at second base, Chris Getz, who’s hit just .247 with a measly .309 on-base percentage and .281 slugging percentage in 168 games since the Royals got him from the White Sox for Mark Teahen in November of 2009.

  1. seanmk - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    a royals player that doesn’t take a walk, what else is new. should be solid though

    • JBerardi - Aug 5, 2011 at 10:16 PM

      He walks roughly 10% of the time. That’s a fine rate.

  2. yankeesgameday - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Great old school picture. Kid looks just like a very very young mickey mantle there.

  3. Joe - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Let the David Eckstein comparisons begin, though the BA maybe suggests Dustin Pedroia.

  4. sportsdrenched - Aug 5, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    I would like to wish my fellow Royals fans a Happy Johnny Giavotella Day

  5. natstowngreg - Aug 5, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Kid wasn’t touted enough to have his own Watch, unlike Hosmer & Moustakas. But if he can hit well enough to hold down the 2B job for the long term, it won’t matter.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 5, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    How old is he, anyway? Good grief, judging from that picture you can’t even tell if that kid’s testicles have dropped yet.

  7. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 5, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    2013 here we come!

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