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12 Johnny Giavotella 2B
Height/Weight: 5-8/185 | Birthdate: 7/10/1987 | Birthplace: Metairie, LA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 9/6 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Angels INF Grant Green gets start at second base Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Angels infielder Grant Green is getting the start at second base for Wednesday's contest with the Padres. Green was just recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday after starting the year with the big club.

"It’s nice," Green said, per the Orange County Register. "I feel comfortable there. I have felt comfortable there for a long time. It’s nice to get back in the infield and play kind of where I want to play."

Green is at the keystone position and batting ninth for manager Mike Scioscia, while Johnny Giavotella gets the day off. 


Collin Cowgill a late scratch from Angels' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Angels left fielder Collin Cowgill was a late scratch from Sunday's lineup. He was replaced by Matt Joyce

Cowgill has been bothered by a sore back and was unable to complete pregame batting practice, per MLB.com.

Also, with a lefthander facing the Angels, second baseman Johnny Giavotella is out of the lineup for just the fourth time this season.

"He's been in the air a lot the last part of this little dry spell," manager Mike Scioscia said to the Orange County Register. "His game is really line drives, hard groundballs, working counts. I don't think there's pressing. I haven't seen his demeanor change or his game change. We're looking to get our offense deeper, and he’s an important guy to lengthen our lineup."

He's replaced by Taylor Featherston.


Angels give second baseman Johnny Giavotella a breather


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella is out of the starting lineup for the first time since April 25. Giavotella had started each of the last 21 games for manager Mike Scioscia, hitting a .247 clip with three doubles and eight RBI over that stretch.

Scioscia decided to give him a day off, however, and will give Taylor Featherston the start at the keystone position. Featherstone was also in the lineup at third base on Tuesday, and has just one hit in 16 at-bats this season. 


Angels 2B Johnny Giavotella making the most out of opportunity


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/7/2015) Angels infielder Johnny Giavotella has never had more than 181 at-bats in any single season. So far in 2015, he has 84, and is likely in line for many more this season. 

Giavotella has become the starting second baseman for manager Mike Scioscia, as he has started all but two of the team's 28 games this season. And he has rewarded his skipper's faith by hitting a clean .286 with 12 RBI, including a walk-off double in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over the Mariners. It was his fifth game-winning RBI of the season.

"He's just a tough out," Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "He's been a tough out his whole life, at every level in the Minor Leagues. Now he's getting an opportunity in the big leagues, and he's shown that he gives a tough at-bat every time. It's important to our club. We talk about the guys that we need to get into their game, but Johnny Giavotella has been one of the bright spots."

As long as he stays healthy and productive, Giavotella should easily surpass his career-high of 181 at-bats, among other offensive categories.


Angels' Johnny Giavotella hits walk-off double Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella drove in the winning run during Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Mariners.

With the game tied at 3-3 in bottom of the ninth inning, Giavotella hit a double to drive in Erick Aybar for the game-winning run. The double was Giavotella's only hit in four at-bats during the game. He has now hit safely in three-consecutive games.


Angels' Joyce, Giavotella swap places in batting order Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia swapped left fielder Matt Joyce and second baseman Johnny Giavotella in the batting order for Monday's game against the Mariners. Giavotella hit sixth, while Joyce, who has just one hit in 21 career at-bats against the M's starter Felix Hernandez, is now batting seventh.

Joyce is also struggling at the plate recently. He has just four hits in his last 10 games and only one RBI. Giavotella, meanwhile, has been a bit of a sparkplug for the Angels. He's hitting .250 (8 for 32) with three RBI over his last 10 games. 


Albert Pujols (hamstring) returns to Angels' lineup on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) First baseman Albert Pujols (hamstring) will return to the Angels' lineup Saturday in San Fransico after missing two games with a hamstring issue.

Pujols exited Wednesday's game with the injury and sat out Thursday's and Friday's contest.

The move will shift center fielder Mike Trout back to the second spot in the lineup while Kole Calhoun stays in the cleanup role.

During Pujols' two-game absence, second baseman Johnny Giavotella moved from ninth to leadoff but will bat seventh on Saturday for the first time this season.

Angels shuffle lineup, moving red-hot Kole Calhoun to cleanup spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) With Albert Pujols sidelined Thursday, the Angels moved Kole Calhoun to the cleanup spot, according to MLB.com. Mike Trout was moved from second to third, while Erick Aybar was inserted to the leadoff spot, with Johnny Giavotella moving from ninth to second.

Calhoun, who was the team's leadoff hitter 17 of the first 21 games, is hitting .406 (13 for 32) with six runs scored, two homers, five RBI four walks and six strikeouts over his last his last eight games, raising his batting average from .222 to .309 over that span.


Angels' Grant Green starting at second base Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) The Angels will start Grant Green at second base Saturday, giving Johnny Giavotella just his second day off of the season, the team announced.

Green, who was called up by Los Angeles Friday, lost out on the position battle in spring training to Giavotella and is hitting .328 with four doubles and three triples in 61 at-bats so far this season for Triple-A. 

Also in the starting lineup Saturday is Matt Joyce and Drew Butera, giving Collin Cowgill and Chris Iannetta the day off. The Angels are currently the favorites Saturday (-160) against the Rangers.


'Babe' Giavotella continues to tear it up for Angels


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Angels infielder Johnny Giavotella has never caused pitchers to tremble on the mound. His batting average peaked at .247 in 2011 and has dropped every year since.

But he sure has been hot to start this season.

Giavotella continued to rake Tuesday night in a thrashing of Oakland. He ripped a three-run homer off Drew Pomeranz in the second inning and added a run-scoring single in the sixth before crossing the plate himself. He finished with a career-high four RBI and now boasts a fine slash line of ..317/.383/.439.


Angels' Johnny Giavotella doing damage from No. 9 spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella is in the midst of a four-game hitting streak that has boosted his season line to .314/.359/.371 in 35 at-bats.

Batting in the No. 9 spot in six straight games over the last week, the second baseman has been able to find some offense, going 7 for 19 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs. He's rewarded manager Mike Scioscia's decision to give him the starting job over Josh Rutledge before the season so far.


Angels' Kole Calhoun not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals.

Calhoun went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and three RBI Saturday. The Angels will use shortstop Erick Aybar as the leadoff man with Calhoun on the bench, and Collin Cowgill will play right field and bat seventh Sunday. The Angels are also starting Taylor Featherston over Johnny Giavotella at second base.

The Angels are favorites (-115) against the Royals Sunday.


Johnny Giavotella hopes to make better impression with Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella is hoping to make a better impression with his new club than he did with the Royals, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Giavotella, who was acquired by the Angels from the Royals in exchange for right-hander Brian Broderick this offseason, beat out Grant Green and Josh Rutledge for the second base job. He is hitting .444/.500/.444 through three games. He entered 2015 with a .238 average in 125 big-league games.

"Any time you're called up to the big leagues, it's an opportunity to show them what you can do at this level," Giavotella said. "If it's 10 at-bats or 100 at-bats, you have to utilize that to your advantage.

"Unfortunately, in Kansas City, I don't think I made a big enough impression for them to feel confident enough to put me in the lineup every day at second base, so they chose to go with other guys."


Giavotella wins Angels' second base job over Green, Rutledge


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Johnny Giavotella was awarded the starting second base job after the Angels optioned infielders Grant Green and Josh Rutledge down to Triple-A Salt Lake following Friday's exhibition game against the Dodgers, according to the Orange County Register.

Giavotella hit .315 (17 for 54) with one home run and seven RBI in 25 spring training games. He has slashed .238/.277/.334 over 437 big-league at-bats.


Angels' Johnny Giavotella: 'I think I've opened some eyes'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella has appeared to win the second-base competition, though he's not getting ahead of himself, MLB.com reports.

"Whether I'm in Triple-A or the big leagues," Giavotella said, "I'm going to prepare myself the same way and make sure I'm ready."

Giavotella is out of minir-league options and has hit .366/.422/.634 with four doubles, two triples and one home run in 41 spring at-bats.

"I think I've opened some eyes that I am capable of being a big leaguer; that I'm a quality option to be that guy to fill the void of Howie Kendrick," Giavotella said. "I think I showed them that I bring a lot of energy to each game, help the lineup out offensively. Even my defense; I feel like I've given them confidence that I can go out and make any play out there."

Giavotella is in the team's starting lineup Monday and batting ninth in what could be a preview of the Angels' regular-season lineup.


Johnny Giavotella scheduled to play Sunday for Angels


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella, who jammed his thumb on Friday, was scheduled to return to the field for the team on Sunday. 

X-rays on Giavotella's thumb came back negative on Sunday, and he was slated to play in the second half of Sunday's game, per the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher


Angels' Johnny Giavotella undergoes X-rays for finger injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Angels infielder Johnny Giavotella went for X-rays on Saturday after jamming his finger sliding into third base during Friday's spring game against the Indians, per The Orange County Register. X-rays were negative and he is considered day to day.

Giavotella is batting .280 (7 for 25) with one triple, three doubles, one home run, three RBI and seven runs in 14 spring games.


Angels' Scioscia weighing second-base options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is weighing how much emphasis to put on spring-training performance as he decides how to approach the second-base position this season, MLB.com reports.

"A lot of it is to see what the best fit is for your group of guys, what your lineup needs are," Scioscia said. "There's an absolute to people winning jobs at spring training. Probably not at the analysis you're looking at -- 'Oh, he hit .340 in spring training' -- but there are a lot of things we're looking at as to how a guy fits in our lineup. You can make the team in spring, for sure, with the things that you show."

Scioscia hasn't ruled out the option of using multiple players at the position as the situation dictates.

"That's one of the options," he said. "There are guys that have the ability to go out there and do what we need to do on the defensive end and the offensive end, and we'll see who emerges and who gives us the best look."

Josh Rutledge highlights a second-base competition that also includes Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston.


Angels could use combination of players at 2B


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted that the second base job is wide open, and did not close the door on the possibility of using a combination of players, including Josh Rutledge, Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston for the position, per the Orange County Register.

"If it's a combination, it's a combination," Scioscia said. "If it's one guy, it's one guy."


Report: Angels no longer in play for Gordon Beckham


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) The Angels are no longer in play for second baseman Gordon Beckham, reports MLB.com on Friday. The team is now set on having Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Grant Green and Taylor Featherston compete for second base/utility at-bats moving forward.

Beckham was non-tendered by the Angels on Dec. 2. He managed a slash line of .227/.271/.348 in 2014.


Angels, Royals trade bit players


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Angels and Royals have completed a minor swap in which the latter acquired right-hander Brian Broderick for veteran infielder Johnny Giavotella.

Giavotella, who was designated for assignment Thursday, has earned just 78 at-bats in the last two seasons combined. The 28-year-old Broderick pitched in 11 games for Washington in 2011, but has otherwise not hurled in a major league game.


Royals designate Johnny Giavotella for assignment Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2014) Royals infielder Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment Thursday. Giavotella appeared in just 12 games for Kansas City in 2014 and has a .238/.277/.334/.612 slash line over four MLB seasons (125 games).

Royals announce September additions


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Royals announced a slew of roster moves on Monday. The team selected the contracts of outfielder Carlos Peguero and left-hander Brandon Finnegan and recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella, catcher Francisco Pena, outfielder Lane Adams and right-hander Casey Coleman from the minors.

Additionally, Kansas City designated pitchers Chris Dwyer and Blake Wood for assignment. The Royals also reinstated first baseman Eric Hosmer from the disabled list.


Johnny Giavotella heading back to the minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2014) The Royals have optioned second baseman Johnny Giavotella to the minors Tuesday.

Giavotella hit .176 over 34 at-bats in the majors. The club opted to call up Francisco Pena to take his place. 


Johnny Giavotella cracks three-run shot


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/12/2014) Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella smashed a three-run, seventh-inning homer that lifted Kansas City to a 9-7 win over the Mariners on Sunday. It was Giavotella's first homer since being called up last week, and it traveled 393 feet.

Giavotella went 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and three RBI and has upped his average to .214.