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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%: 9/5 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


Royals send down reliever for infield help


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) The Royals recalled infielder Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha Friday, using the roster spot cleared by Michael Mariot's option to Omaha.

Mariot had a 5.91 ERA in 10 2/3 innings for the Royals.  


Johnny Giavotella optioned to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) The Royals optioned infielder Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha Saturday.

Giavotella was brought up after second baseman Omar Infante was hit in the face by a pitch, but with Infante playing Friday after a few days off, Giavotella will be sent back down. He went 1 for 3 and recorded one RBI on a sacrifice fly in his only appearance with the Royals.


Johnny Giavotella up and starting for Royals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) The loss of second baseman Omar Infante to a sprained jaw has prompted the Royals to promote Johnny Giavotella from Triple-A Omaha. Giovatella is set to start at second base Wednesday against Tampa Bay.

Royals option Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) The Royals optioned infielder Johnny Giavotella to Triple-A Omaha Tuesday.

Giavotella turned in an excellent spring campaign, hitting .341/.391/.585 with one home run and seven RBI in 41 at-bats. The transaction could mean that Royals are optimistic Omar Infante's elbow injury won't linger into the regular season.


Johnny Giavotella in the lineup Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella is in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

Giavotella will replace Chris Getz at second. Giavotella is hitting .206/.289/.265 in just 34 at-bats. 


Royals make flurry of roster moves Tuesday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Kansas City Royals promoted the following six players to the roster Tuesday before a game against Seattle, the Kansas City Star reports. 

As expected, Louis Coleman and Wade Davis have rejoined the bullpen from Class A Wilmington. The Royals also promoted for Triple-A Omaha players as infielder Johnny Giavotella and reliever Donnie Joseph were recalled and Carlos Pena and Pedro Ciriaco had their contracts purchased. 

Kansas City cleared space on the 40-man roster by moving pitcher Noel Arguelles to the 60-day disabled list and designating infielder Edinson Rincon for assignment. Rincon was at Double-A Northwest Arkansas. 


Johnny Giavotella could return to Triple-A action Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Royals infielder Johnny Giavotella is tentatively scheduled to rejoin the Triple-A Omaha lineup Sunday, the Kansas City Star reports. Giavotella, who has been out since July 23 with a hip injury, was just 1 for 6 in two games after joining Omaha before going on the disabled list.

Johnny Giavotella will have an MRI Monday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2013) Royals second baseman Johnny Giavotella has not played at Triple-A since Tuesday due to a hip injury. Giavotella was demoted to Triple-A Omaha last week after hitting .206 in 34 at-bats in the majors. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, Omaha.com reports.