May 15, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella (9) flips the ball to second base against the Baltimore Orioles in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Johnny Giavotella Failed in his Final Chance with the Royals

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There was a potential opening for Johnny Giavotella to become a major league regular. Mike Moustakas has struggled at third base this season, and Danny Valencia looked as though the Royals had considered him no more than a platoon option. Even though Giavotella was playing primarily at second base with the absence of Omar Infante, he had been playing third base in the minors. A position change once Infante was healthy would not have been out of the question.

Instead, Giavotella, aside from his game winning home run against the Seattle Mariners, once again failed during his audition. In his ten games, Giavotella had produced a .176/.216/.265 batting line. That home run was his only extra base hit, and Giavotella only walked once in his 37 plate appearances. Yet again, Giavotella failed to impress during his time in the majors, and was optioned back to Omaha yesterday, clearing room for Francisco Pena to be brought up.

This most recent failure may prove to be Johnny Giavotella’s last chance to establish himself with the Royals. For as much grief as the Royals and Ned Yost receive for their continued insistence to play Mike Moustakas despite his failures, Moustakas can at least provide value defensively. While Giavotella is not nearly as bad defensively as he is made out to be, his glovework is just not good enough to justify his continued playing time.

With Giavotella being sent down, the Royals have kept Pedro Ciriaco at the major league level, at least for now. With Ciriaco, the Royals not only have that utility infielder, but also can have someone to play in the outfield if needed. Although Ciriaco may not be anything special, his versatility and speed can be assets at the major league level. Giavotella, at this point, has not displayed a single major league asset.

As the Royals were seemingly loath to give Johnny Giavotella his chance, he needed to perform well in this trial to get an extended chance at the major league level. Once again, Giavotella failed to do so. Now, his fate appears to be sealed as a AAAA player, someone that could shuttle back and forth between AAA and the major league level based on injuries. Chances are, Giavotella will need to head elsewhere to have another chance at the major league level.

Johnny Giavotella likely had his last chance to be a regular contributor with the Royals. Now, if he is to carve out a major league career, it is likely going to be somewhere else.

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  • Stan Colbert

    One home run in 40 at bats! Not bad for this team.
    Have you ever seen a mgr. so tie himself to a player as Ned and Moose? Last year all through the second half, ’14 is the year we go to playoffs! Here we are, seemingly with a vital piece of the puzzle floundering as bad as I have seen. Yet Yost doesn’t seem to think improving either the player or the team a significant goal.

    • Tyler_KC_Fan

      Who are you replacing Moose with? Valencia maybe, but Moose is a far better defender. Valencia can hit LHP and Moose can hit RHP. When the media asked Moore about Moose, Moore really didn’t sugar coat it. He basically said, Moose isn’t playing to his potential at all and isn’t doing well at all, but we have no one to replace him. Which is accurate. We don’t have anyone that can replace Moose full time at 3B.

      Gio is always the same. He kills it in Omaha and then has some solid games to start when he’s called up and then he just can’t hit the ball at all. Gio is a 4-A hitter. Dominant in Triple-A, not very good in the majors. Gio isn’t better than Moose either, so having Gio play 3B in Omaha is kind of pointless.

      What it boils down to is finding the one thing that Moose needs to do differently to help his hitting. It can’t be something huge, it has to be something small. Once that happens, Moose could be one of the best 3B in the league. That is the reason Yost and Moore don’t want to let him go. He has a ceiling to is ridiculously high, and if we let Moose go and he figures it out, we look like complete idiots.

      • Stan Colbert

        Everything you say about Moose I completely agree with. Moose presently is playing against rightys, pinch hitting and playing defense in latter parts of games. His BA is about .150. Contrast that schedule with one that allowshim to play every day. The chance he is able to get on track quicker would seem to be with the second schedule. To me, if having him performing at a high level is vital to the success of the team the highest priority should be what is best for him

  • Larry Devore

    You might want to include Moose in the failed category also. What is the reluctance from Royals management to send moose down. Obviously he hasn’t learned up here in the bigs, they sent Gordon down, why not Moose.

    • Dave Hill

      I would, if the Royals would actually cut bait with him. At this point, I think I have a better chance of winning the lottery.

  • dremus

    Well the Moose has played 3 games in Omaha is hitting .25 with 1 home run. He has not dazzled anyone with his bat and in his first game down, was completely off balance the entire game. He did hit a home run on Sunday, so perhaps he is coming around. We all have to hope he will.