Sep 5, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella (9) warms up before the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The Kansas City Royals have been seemingly in search of a second baseman since the days of Alberto Callaspo in 2009. Although Mike Aviles performed well when he was given a chance the following year, but the Royals never really seemed to believe in his ability to produce at the levels he had. Now, heading into the offseason, the Royals still find themselves potentially in need of a second baseman.
As well as Emilio Bonafacio played in the last six weeks of the season last year, he has proven to be more of a utility player than an every day second baseman. In fact, Bonafacio seems to thrive in that role, and may be likely to resume that next season. Therefore, it appears as though the Royals are likely to look towards free agency to fill that void in their lineup.
However, there may have been an internal option for the Royals. Despite there appearing to be an opening at second, Johnny Giavotella has yet to perform well enough to take advantage of his opportunities. Unlike like Aviles before him, Giavotella has yet to do anything to force the Royals to carve a spot for him on the roster.
At that point, it would appear as though Giavotella has anything left to prove in the Pacific Coast League. Over the past three seasons for the Omaha Storm Chasers, Giavotella has produced at a .317/.388/.456 rate, making it seem as though he would be ready to produce for Kansas City. However, when given the chance, Giavotella has underwhelmed, producing a .240/.278/.335 batting line. Even more disappointing has been his lack of power, with only three home runs. Giavotella has also struggled with plate discipline, walking only 19 times in 424 plate appearances.
Although Giavotella is only going to be 26 years old heading into the 2014 season, it may be fair to wonder if he will ever prove to be more than a potential AAAA player. With Christian Colon on the cusp of possibly becoming a factor for the Royals, time may be running out for Giavotella to make an impact upon the Royals.
As a former second round draft choice, there were reasonably high hopes that Johnny Giavotella could be the future at second base for the Royals. Now, just six years later, he may be fighting for his baseball future.