The Kansas City Royals have had a tough time finding a long-term solution at second base for several years now. In the third part of a continuing series, we look at the Royals’ current depth at that position and how they will likely look next season.
Chris Getz – Getz finally became the unquestioned everyday second baseman for the Royals when Yuniesky Betancourt was designated for assignment and unconditionally released in early August. Barely a week later, Getz broke his thumb on an attempted bunt and his season ended early. It’s not clear what this bit of cruel fate will mean for his long term future with the Royals. He is not under contract after this season and is eligible for arbitration. Getz is an excellent defender and has very good bat control so he is certainly an asset to the club. Whether he is enough of an asset for them to bring him back remains to be seen.
Johnny Giavotella – The injury to Getz meant that Giavotella finished the year as the everyday second baseman. Giavotella projects to be the Royals second baseman of the future, but concerns about his glovework meant that he did not make the team out of Spring Training. He is much improved now, but his hitting has regressed slightly and there is a suggestion that he might still have to prove himself in Surprise next March.
Irving Falu – After nine years in the minor leagues, Falu finally made his major league debut in May. He went up and down a couple of times and hit .341 in 85 at bats. Falu is a versatile infielder and whilst he does not look like everyday material he is a valuable backup and may be a trade chip over the winter.
Tony Abreu – Abreu is in a similar position to Falu, though he arrived in the Royals system as a minor league free agent ahead of the 2012 season. He was called up to replace Betancourt on the roster and had a decent couple of months, though without the batting success of Falu. He is essentially Falu’s direct competitor for the reserve infielder position. Also like Falu, if he doesn’t win the position he is a trade candidate.