The Kansas City Royals might have one of the more interesting position battles this spring with Chris Getz trying to come back from a thumb injury and fend off Johnny Giavotella, who filled in for Getz last season. Giavotella, 25, swung a nice bat at Triple-A Omaha, hitting .323/.404/.472 with 10 home runs and 72 RBIs. He struggled a little in regular action after getting called up to Kansas City, posting a .238/.270/.304 line.
Getz was hitting .275/.312/.360 last season before hurting his thumb. He offers almost no power in terms of home runs with both of his career homers coming in 2009 as a member of the Chicago White Sox. He also has a propensity for getting hurt, boasting five stints on the disabled list in his five year career.
What Getz does offer is a much steadier glove. Giavotella was not exactly stellar with the glove, committing six errors in 183 chances. However, if he can show that his 2012 Triple-A season was no fluke, the Royals might not have a choice but to get him regular playing time at second base.
Manager Ned Yost has already said he expects this battle to be one of the more interesting ones in camp. It will be interesting to see how this battle ends. Even if Getz wins it this spring, he is one DL stint and hot streak from Giavotella away from losing the job.
Then again, Giavotella could win the job in the spring and lose it by May with a poor showing at the plate in the regular season. Either way, this might be something to keep an eye on this spring and beyond.