Jun 2, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) throws the ball to first base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Call Up Chris Getz and Kelvin Herrera, Option Johnny Giavotella and Everett Teaford

Jun 2, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz (17) throws the ball to first base during the game against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Royals announced two moves in preparation of starting the second half. They’ll recall second baseman Chris Getz and reliever Kelvin Herrera from Omaha and send Johnny Giavotella and Everett Teaford back down to Triple A.

Getz was optioned on June 22nd after opening the year with a .214/.276/.286 line in 157 plate appearances. A week later, Jeff Francoeur was designated for assignment and Johnny Giavotella was called up to play second base. Dayton Moore said Giavotella would be the regular second baseman at the time.

He played ten games. He never played more than four in a row.

At this point, I think most Royals fans are just exhausted with the up and down of Chris Getz vs. Johnny Giavotella. I’m tired of it, too. The Royals stated that Giavotella would get an the opportunity to play everyday, then got 38 plate appearances. He didn’t hit, though his defense looked much better than it ever has. I would rather see the Royals go a different route than Getz if Giavotella isn’t going to get a real look – or even half the opportunity Getz received – to evaluate him at the big league level. Bring up Irving Falu. Bring up Anthony Seratelli. Getz’s ceiling is to be worse than league average. At least make a move that says “we understand that this isn’t working, and we’re going to try a different route”.

The Royals can’t expect much of anything from their second base position. Elliot Johnson isn’t hitting. Johnny Giavotella didn’t hit, and Chris Getz wasn’t hitting.

Somewhat related: a few hours before the Royals announced this move, they also announced that Pedro Ciriaco, who had been claimed on waivers from the Padres, was placed on waivers, cleared, and assigned to Omaha outright. He was out of options but teams can place a player in their minor leagues one time without that player accepting it. Ciriaco had not been sent outright to the minors yet, so there he is in Omaha as infield depth.

Kelvin Herrera was sent to Omaha back in May to get his confidence back, returned on June 2nd, held opponents scoreless in six straight appearances, but then allowed runs in three of his next four and walked a batter in each game. The Royals sent him back to Omaha to start three games and work through lineups more than once so he would have to use his secondary pitches more often, then shifted him back to relief appearances.

In 13.2 innings back in Omaha (and in Northwest Arkansas during the Triple A All-Star Break), Herrera struck out 21, walked three, and gave up two runs. In his big league work this year, he has a 5.20 ERA in 27.2 innings. Teaford will go back to Omaha after one day with the big league roster as an extra arm on Sunday. He faced three batters, allowing one hit.

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  • Jeff Parker

    The Cartoonist is no doubt in hack heaven right now. Can’t wait until he praises Getz for doing something that he would have criticized Gio for. He’s shameless in his hypocrisy.

    • jimfetterolf

      If you’re going to rag Lee Judge at Judging the Royals, at least name him.

      I assume you are ref’ing the comp between a Jeter AB and a Gio one, which was handled pretty well in the thread, complete with quotes. That’s where the shrieks of “hypocrisy” originated that I know of.

      In general on Gio, I don’t see a hit tool and the Royals, who watch every breath he takes, don’t either. Too bad, I like the back story and the energy he has but he doesn’t do the big things, doesn’t do the little things, and is looking like mini-Kila, solid AAAA player. Maybe a genius GM will trade a lottery ticket for him. If he is a stats’ dream, Billy Beane will be all over it. Maybe that’s even the reason for the demo and signing Ciriaco, Gio’s about to be traded? He’ll go to a successful team and get thousands of PAs and be a star. Best of luck to him.

      • Jeff Parker

        I don’t respect him enough to name him. He’s a joke. The man once wrote the phrase “he didn’t do anything selfish, like try and get a hit”. That line told me all I needed to know about him and his “baseball knowledge”. He’s not posted anything on his blog to make me change my initial impression.

        • Kevin Scobee

          I’ve stopped reading after finding out the way he treats other people in the business.

          • Jeff Parker

            I’m probably done now. I think my self-loathing period is over with so there’s no reason to pollute my mind with his antiquated opinions.

      • GreatLeapForward

        That’s what kills me about the move. We don’t know. We do know that Getz is a below replacement level player. We do know if you are one of GMDM or Nervous Neddy’s pets you get 1200-1500 at bats to prove yourself a failure.

        It’s not just about Giavotella: it’s about the management’s constant hedging and post hoc justifications for moves fans know will fail in advance (Francouer) or have seen fail in the past (Getz).

        Moore told Jeff Flanagan they’re playing to win now. So how exactly does playing Getz advance them to that goal?

        Watching these clowns is exhausting.

        • Kevin Scobee

          You’re right, this have never been about Giavotella, even though the straw man counter-argument will always point to that. And everything with this organization has always been post hoc — a consistent line of results-based reasoning.

  • Kevin Scobee

    Chris Getz 2013: 47 games, 157 PAs = 0.0 fWAR.

    Johnny Giavotella 2013: 10 games, 38 PAs = 0.1 fWAR

    • Jeff Parker

      Meanwhile Mike Moustakas and his -0.3 fWAR continue to be ignored. I guess he’s still feeling confident.

    • Brian Henry

      38 plate appearances and back down. Why do they hate Gio so much?

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    • Kevin Scobee

      perfectly said.