Now, I am in now way praising Giavotella’s play in 2011, but I would take his “youth” and potential over the known *cough* commodities of Chris Getz and Yuniesky Betancourt.
While with the big-club in 2011, Giavotella only hit .247 with a .273 OBP and an OPS of .649, while striking out 32 times in 44 games, with 5 errors, to boot.
I will still take Gio’s numbers, with power and RBI potential over Getz’s .255 BA, .313 OBP, .600 OPS, knowing Chris has ZERO chance to leave the park or drive in a run.
Rob Neyer (link below), asks why the Royals are giving struggling Mike Moustakas such a long leash, but not giving the same considerations to Giavotella. On the spring, Moose has a .211 batting average with one extra-base hit in 38 at-bats.
Well, sorry Johnny, life isn’t fair; Moose is younger, was drafted #2 overall and is (was?) projected to be a big-time power hitter in this league.
Either way, Royals fans were just dealt more hard-luck in 2012…