Friday, August 5, 2011

The future starts now (again)

Yet another piece of the process fell into place last night as Dayton Moore finally saw fit to promote Johnny Giavotella. The Chris Getz era appears to be in its final throes, which it should be, since Getz owns the worst slugging percentage in team history (min. 600 PAs).

Rk Player SLG PA
1 Chris Getz .281 639
2 Jackie Hernandez .282 811
3 Angel Salazar .285 645
4 Onix Concepcion .293 1130
5 Tony Pena .298 824
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used

So now the infield of the future that we all dreamed about in spring training is the infield of the present - Hosmer at 1st base, Giavotella at 2nd base, Escobar at shortstop and Moustakas at 3rd base. Giavotella hit .339/.391/.481 for Omaha with 44 extra base hits. To put that into proper context, Getz has 41 extra base hits for his entire big league career (1061 PAs).

I suspect that Giavotella will have a shorter leash than Moustakas so if he struggles, and I mean really struggles, he'll find himself in a platoon situation with Getz. That would be unfortunate.

The only annoyance I have with the move is it appears Yamaico Navarro will be the one demoted instead of say Everett Teaford or, dare I dream, Getz. Navarro is a true utility infielder and looks to have a playable bat, something Getz of course lacks. Getz also lacks the ability to play shortstop and 3rd base so the Royals are in the same position they were in earlier this year when Wilson Betemit was the utility infielder.

In the grand scheme of things it's not really a big deal who is backing up the infielders because Hosmer/Giavotella/Escobar/Moustakas should play everyday. "Should" being the operative word there.

Giavotella's minor league stats:
Year Age Tm Lev PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2008 20 Burlington A 310 50 83 18 2 4 26 10 25 34 .299 .355 .421 .776
2009 21 Wilmington A+ 561 84 123 24 8 6 52 26 66 54 .258 .351 .380 .731
2010 22 Northwest Arkansas AA 597 92 168 35 5 9 65 13 61 67 .322 .395 .460 .855
2011 23 Omaha AAA 499 66 152 33 2 9 72 9 40 57 .339 .391 .481 .872
4 Seasons 1967 292 526 110 17 28 215 58 192 212 .305 .375 .437 .812

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