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Johnny Giavotella 2BRoyals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 26)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .269 3 28 21 3 .257 0.5
Birth Date7-10-1987
Height5' 8"
Weight185 lbs
Age27 years, 3 months, 11 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
-0.12011
-1.02012
-0.02013
0.72014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 KCA 23 46 187 178 20 44 9 4 2 67 6 32 1 2 0 21 5 2 .247 .273 .376 .226 -1.0 -0.0 -0.1
2012 KCA 24 53 189 181 21 43 7 1 1 55 8 35 0 0 0 15 3 0 .238 .270 .304 .210 -4.5 -5.1 -1.0
2013 KCA 25 14 48 41 4 9 3 0 0 12 5 4 2 0 0 4 0 0 .220 .333 .293 .253 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2014 KCA 26 12 41 37 8 8 1 0 1 12 1 5 2 1 0 5 0 1 .216 .268 .324 .258 1.4 0.8 0.2
Career12546543753104205414620765304583.238.277.334.225-4.3-4.3-0.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 BUR A 68 310 .305 .255 .327 .378 .265 .325 96 15.9 9.6 -0.5 -2.0 1.2 26.3 2.5 26.3 2.5
2009 WIL A+ 133 561 .288 .258 .330 .387 .259 .274 92 17.2 16.9 -0.8 -6.7 2.5 37.7 3.2 37.7 3.2
2010 NWA AA 134 597 .293 .264 .340 .402 .266 .351 110 22.4 18.4 -1.1 -0.4 -1.8 39.1 3.9 39.1 3.9
2011 KCA MLB 46 187 .226 .258 .317 .404 .258 .288 106 -6.2 5.0 -0.2 -0.0 -0.6 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2011 OMA AAA 110 503 .293 .286 .357 .446 .268 .367 102 19.8 15.6 -0.8 -2.7 -1.8 32.3 2.8 32.3 2.8
2012 KCA MLB 53 189 .210 .255 .314 .402 .256 .290 104 -9.3 5.2 -0.5 -5.1 0.3 -4.5 -1.0 -4.5 -1.0
2012 OMA AAA 89 418 .308 .283 .347 .440 .274 .339 100 22.5 12.4 -0.9 -1.5 0.1 35.3 3.3 35.3 3.3
2013 KCA MLB 14 48 .253 .260 .321 .406 .270 .243 100 -0.3 1.3 -0.1 -0.0 -0.6 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2013 OMA AAA 100 426 .286 .262 .329 .399 .261 .320 93 12.2 12.2 -0.8 -1.1 0.2 24.7 2.4 24.7 2.4
2014 KCA MLB 12 41 .258 .251 .318 .397 .267 .219 96 -0.1 1.1 0 0.8 0.8 1.4 0.2 1.4 0.2
2014 OMA AAA 114 493 .292 .276 .340 .435 .270 .321 99 17.7 14.8 -1.6 -8.2 0.5 35.0 2.7 35.0 2.7

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 BUR A 310 50 83 18 2 4 26 25 34 10 7 .299 .355 .421 .122 .305 26.3 -2.0 2.5
2009 WIL A+ 561 84 123 24 8 6 52 66 54 26 9 .258 .346 .380 .122 .288 37.7 -6.7 3.2
2010 NWA AA 597 92 168 35 5 9 65 61 67 13 7 .322 .392 .460 .138 .293 39.1 -0.4 3.9
2011 OMA AAA 503 67 153 34 2 9 72 40 57 9 5 .338 .390 .481 .143 .293 32.3 -2.7 2.8
2011 KCA MLB 187 20 44 9 4 2 21 6 32 5 2 .247 .273 .376 .129 .226 -1.0 -0.0 -0.1
2012 OMA AAA 418 67 117 20 2 10 71 46 40 7 1 .323 .404 .472 .149 .308 35.3 -1.5 3.3
2012 KCA MLB 189 21 43 7 1 1 15 8 35 3 0 .238 .270 .304 .066 .210 -4.5 -5.1 -1.0
2013 OMA AAA 426 48 106 24 0 7 46 51 59 8 4 .286 .369 .408 .122 .286 24.7 -1.1 2.4
2013 KCA MLB 48 4 9 3 0 0 4 5 4 0 0 .220 .333 .293 .073 .253 -0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2014 OMA AAA 493 66 136 33 2 7 61 47 36 20 4 .308 .373 .440 .132 .292 35.0 -8.2 2.7
2014 KCA MLB 41 8 8 1 0 1 5 1 5 0 1 .216 .268 .324 .108 .258 1.4 0.8 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 689 0.5443 0.4498 0.8414 0.6107 0.2548 0.9214 0.6125 0.1553
2012 729 0.5309 0.4527 0.8394 0.6124 0.2719 0.8903 0.7097 0.1606
2013 184 0.5054 0.4185 0.8701 0.6667 0.1648 0.9355 0.6000 0.1299
2014 135 0.5185 0.4593 0.8548 0.6000 0.3077 0.9048 0.7500 0.1452
Career17370.53260.44840.84460.61650.25660.90860.66270.154

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-10-20 2011-10-20 Off 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Labrum 2011-10-20 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 KCA $
2013 KCA $
2012 KCA $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 11 dMeister Sports1 year/$508,575 (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$508,575 (2014). Re-signed by Kansas City 3/1/14.
  • 1 year/$0.494M (2013). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/13.
  • 1 year/$483,600 (2012). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/24/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Kansas City 8/5/11.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2008 (2-47) (New Orleans). Signed 6/08 $0.787M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 312 36 88 18 2 5 35 27 42 5 2 .311 .373 .475 .297 20.1 2B -3 1.9
80o 291 32 78 16 2 4 31 24 40 4 2 .295 .356 .449 .284 14.9 2B -2 1.4
70o 276 30 71 15 1 4 28 22 39 4 2 .284 .344 .430 .274 11.5 2B -2 1.0
60o 262 27 65 13 1 4 26 20 38 4 1 .275 .333 .415 .265 8.8 2B -2 0.7
50o 250 26 59 12 1 3 24 19 36 3 1 .266 .323 .400 .257 6.5 2B -2 0.5
40o 238 24 55 11 1 3 22 17 35 3 1 .257 .313 .386 .249 4.4 2B -2 0.3
30o 224 22 51 10 1 3 21 16 34 3 1 .248 .303 .370 .241 2.3 2B -2 0.1
20o 209 19 46 9 1 3 18 14 32 3 1 .237 .290 .353 .231 0.1 2B -2 -0.2
10o 188 17 39 8 1 2 16 12 29 2 1 .222 .273 .329 .217 -2.3 2B -2 -0.4
Weighted Mean2562663131425193741.270.328.407.2617.52B -20.6

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
5% 48% 11% 30% 74%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201527364388816253323565.260.310.359.2490.46.8-0.82.49.5-4.2-3.1
2016286056214430275440917.258.309.356.2470.59.5-1.53.814.9-7.7-5.2
2017296106614627385746907.261.319.363.2520.812.2-1.63.614.9-4.8-5.2
2018306176414427275444946.255.310.345.2440.27.3-1.63.514.9-9.5-5.3
2019316166614427285744945.256.312.355.2480.59.6-1.73.314.9-7.0-5.3
20203262765140272856471054.247.305.344.2420.05.4-1.73.214.9-11.0-5.4
2021336066514327295844973.256.312.361.2500.510.1-1.62.914.9-6.2-5.2
202234631681442721060461062.250.307.356.2460.37.8-1.62.914.9-8.4-5.4
202335619671442811060431041.254.308.361.2470.48.6-1.42.614.9-7.5-5.3

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
7.84.84.660.70.623.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 85 Danny Richar 2009 .215
2 84 Chris Getz 2010 .211
3 83 Justin Turner 2011 .257
4 82 Chris Nelson 2012 .264
5 82 Matt Tolbert 2008 .247
6 82 Brian Dozier 2013 .263
7 81 Eric Patterson 2009 .293
8 81 Jason Bourgeois 2008 .307
9 81 Jim Negrych 2011 .000 DNP
10 81 Brian Dinkelman 2010 .000 DNP
11 81 Kevin Russo 2011 .000 DNP
12 81 Matt Long 2013 .000 DNP
13 81 Brad Emaus 2012 .000 DNP
14 81 Jon Jay 2011 .275
15 81 Darwin Barney 2012 .239
16 80 Steve Tolleson 2010 .291
17 80 Nate Spears 2011 .009
18 80 Alberto Callaspo 2009 .274
19 80 Cord Phelps 2013 -.017
20 79 Matt Downs 2010 .254
21 79 Callix Crabbe 2009 .000 DNP
22 79 Kevin Frandsen 2008 -.003
23 79 Scott Savastano 2012 .000 DNP
24 79 Jemile Weeks 2013 .170
25 79 Jarrett Hoffpauir 2009 .295
26 78 Peeter Ramos 2008 .000 DNP
27 78 Jason Donald 2011 .284
28 78 Matt Cusick 2012 .000 DNP
29 78 Daniel Descalso 2013 .243
30 78 Eric Young 2011 .228
31 78 David Adams 2013 .197
32 78 Logan Forsythe 2013 .234
33 78 Scott Sizemore 2011 .280
34 78 Justin Sellers 2012 .250
35 78 Brian Friday 2012 .000 DNP
36 78 Drew Sutton 2009 .226
37 78 Bryan Petersen 2012 .203
38 77 Jonathan Herrera 2011 .231
39 77 Dave Sappelt 2013 .199
40 77 Andy Gonzalez 2008 .253
41 77 Andy Dirks 2012 .297
42 77 Charlie Blackmon 2013 .273
43 77 Ryan Flaherty 2013 .247
44 77 Eric Sogard 2012 .185
45 77 Jason Kipnis 2013 .309
46 77 Diory Hernandez 2010 .196
47 76 Jayson Nix 2009 .248
48 76 James Cesario 2012 .000 DNP
49 76 Trevor Crowe 2010 .223
50 76 Dean Anna 2013 .000 DNP
51 76 Cliff Pennington 2010 .261
52 76 Luis Valbuena 2012 .237
53 76 Brock Bond 2012 .000 DNP
54 76 Alex Romero 2010 .000 DNP
55 76 Brett Dowdy 2008 .000 DNP
56 76 Craig Stansberry 2008 .341
57 76 David Murphy 2008 .262
58 76 Kenny Perez 2008 .000 DNP
59 76 Brandon Douglas 2012 .000 DNP
60 76 Brett Gardner 2010 .268
61 75 Russ Adams 2007 .251
62 75 Eduardo Nunez 2013 .255
63 75 Darin Holcomb 2012 .000 DNP
64 75 Alexi Casilla 2011 .252
65 75 Jed Lowrie 2010 .303
66 75 Chris Denorfia 2007 .000 DNP
67 75 Jeff Fiorentino 2009 .253
68 75 Zack Cozart 2012 .248
69 75 Brian Horwitz 2009 .000 DNP
70 75 Jordy Mercer 2013 .274
71 75 William Bergolla 2009 .000 DNP
72 75 J.R. Towles 2010 .194
73 75 Chase d'Arnaud 2013 .000 DNP
74 75 Ray Chang 2010 .000 DNP
75 75 Eider Torres 2009 .000 DNP
76 75 Ezequiel Carrera 2013 .181
77 75 Yung-Chi Chen 2010 .000 DNP
78 75 Trevor Plouffe 2012 .261
79 75 Tony Cruz 2013 .178
80 75 Ruben Gotay 2009 .000 DNP
81 74 Josh Wilson 2007 .218
82 74 Logan Schafer 2013 .219
83 74 Alberto Gonzalez 2009 .234
84 74 Luis Nunez 2013 .000 DNP
85 74 Ryan Cavan 2013 .000 DNP
86 74 Brendan Harris 2007 .260
87 74 Zelous Wheeler 2013 .000 DNP
88 74 Michael Morse 2008 .259
89 74 Brandon Phillips 2007 .270
90 74 Ivan De Jesus 2013 .000 DNP
91 74 Alden Carrithers 2011 .000 DNP
92 74 Peter Ciofrone 2010 .000 DNP
93 74 Brendan Ryan 2008 .226
94 74 Freddy Sandoval 2009 .146
95 74 Juan Gonzalez 2008 .000 DNP
96 74 Collin Cowgill 2012 .238
97 74 Daniel Mayora 2012 .000 DNP
98 74 Josh Johnson 2012 .000 DNP
99 74 Hernan Iribarren 2010 .000 DNP
100 74 Nathan Hanson 2013 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .206 .268 .298 .231
11 vs R (Multi) .252 .297 .331 .223
18 Split (Multi) .047 .029 .033 -.008
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.013 -.023 -.037 -.020
30 vs L (2013) .176 .263 .235 .212
31 vs R (2013) .250 .379 .333 .264
38 Split (2013) .074 .116 .098 .053
39 LgAvg (2013) -.011 -.021 -.036 -.019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Coming off a presidential election, it makes sense to poll Royals fans “Getz or Giavotella?” at second base. Giavotella has had a pair of limited auditions in the majors but has yet to translate his Triple-A success to Kansas City. Fastballs eat him up, and because he’s intent on looking for the heater, he becomes vulnerable to off-speed stuff, particularly on pitches breaking outside the strike zone. It’s frustrating because for the second consecutive season he has shown strong plate discipline in the minors, yet when called to the big club, his patience disappears. He doesn’t further his cause by playing second base with the grace and urgency of a three-toed sloth. Giavotella is running out of time to prove he can be a productive major leaguer.
2012 Giavotella has hit at every level of the minors and when the Royals couldn’t find a decent (or replacement level) solution for the second base position, they called him up from Omaha. Gio has plenty of bat speed and possesses gap power that translates well to the majors. He showed good plate discipline throughout his minor league career, but became way too aggressive when he made it to the big club, walking in just three percent of all plate appearances. The one thing that may hold him back is his defense. Lacking range up the middle and sporting an average arm for second base, he continues to be a work in progress with the glove. However, with his bat, he doesn’t need to be spectacular defensively, merely adequate.
2011 A second-round selection in 2008, Giavotella's stocky five-foot-eight frame doesn't resemble that of your standard high pick, and as a second baseman, the unfair comparisons to Dustin Pedroia are inevitable. Pedroia is as special they get, but Giavotella can really hit, consistently putting the barrel of the bat on the ball while smacking doubles all over the field. He's not a runner and he's not a good second baseman, but there are plenty of scouts out there who think he can be at least average, if not better, at the position in terms of overall value.
2010 The stumpy Giavotella was a surprise second-round choice in 2008. The Royals felt there was a chance he would turn into a Dustin Pedroia-style grinder. A lot of teams have taken this same chance with gritty, fundamentally sound college infielders over the last few years, but we still have only one Pedroia. Giavotella has a good eye at the plate and has the defensive basics down pat, but will have to hit enough to start if he's going to make it, as his inability to play on the left side closes off the utilityman's path.
2009 Slowly but surely, the Royals are infusing offensive talent into the system. Giavotella signed quickly for around $800,000 five days after he was drafted in the second round (49th overall pick) last year, and was therefore able to get in a solid chunk of time as Mike Moustakas's double-play partner. The diminutive second baseman handled the full-season league assignment with advanced bat control, which makes him the best middle-infield prospect in a system devoid of up-the-middle talent. However, Giavotella is an offensive-minded player; at this point his glove needs more work than his bat.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Johnny Giavotella, whatsa matta you?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
Poor Johnny, I just don't think it's ever going to work in KC. (Zach Mortimer)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Here's a scenario I've seen before: Chris Getz has a .250 OBP, Elliot Johnson .240. Johnny Giavotella is slashing .326/.396/.489. What gives? And if the Royals don't want him, can my team have him?
(Dan from NYC)
I somewhat share your frustration, but I've cooled on Giavotella over the last year. He's had a legit shot to grab the Royals' 2B job in spring training each of the last two years, and he hasn't been able to do it with very iffy performances in the spring. He's now in his third year of raking at Triple-A, but he didn't really perform in 50-plus games in MLB last season. I do think he deserves more of a shot given how weak KC is at the position, but I'm less confident on him being a passable everyday 2B now. With that said, it is a weird situation. You'd think he would've gotten more of a chance by now. (Jason Cole)
2012-07-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Derek- which rookies currently in the minors do you see having the biggest impact this season? Any do you see any of them as upgrades from say Cameron Maybin or Ted Lilly (bottom of my roster)? Thanks
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
At this point, it's pretty much all about opportunity. The Trouts and Harpers of the world are already here, and now it becomes a waiting game for a lot of guys. With Tabata getting demoted, that time could be now for a guy like Starling Marte. Some other names to consider: Wil Myers, Ryan Lavarnway (if traded out of Boston), Danny Hultzen, Jake Odorizzi, Jedd Gyorko, Johnny Giavotella, Mike Olt, Travis Snider. It's a gamble dropping an established big leaguer for one of those guys, but in a shallower league where they're just bench players anyway, gambling on some upside isn't a bad idea. (Derek Carty)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Name a handful of current bench players you see carving out a role and producing fantasy worthy numbers?
(Ridin'thepine from Splintersville)
Obviously things would have to break right for each of these guys, but here goes: Jeff Keppinger, Kosuke Fukudome, Brent Lillibridge, Tyler Flowers, Johnny Giavotella, Dave Ross, Juan Francisco, Tyler Moore, Adrian Cardenas, Chris Snyder, Allen Craig, Wilin Rosario, Nate Schierholtz (Derek Carty)
2011-12-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)What would you estimate for the number of times out of 100 the threesome of Dee Gordon, Jemile Weeks, and Jose Altuve has more productive careers than the threesome of Ruben Tejada, Johnny Giavotella, and Kyle Seager?
(goiter6 from MN)
98. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Derek. Callups such as Moustakas and Ackley have recently deposed primary starters for teams. Which other current players do you see as short-timers in their starting line-up? One specific Q: Johnny Gia for Getz anytime soon? Thanks...
(LoyalRoyal from LV, KS)
I think we'll see Johnny Giavotella this season, but the Royals may look to extract some value via trade out of a guy like Getz beforehand. Other guys to look for in the near-term include Trayvon Robinson, Jason Kipnis, and Dayan Viciedo. There's talk Wily Mo Pena will get the call this week to DH and could force himself into the OF picture in Arizona if he hits. (Derek Carty)


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