The Kansas City Royals have identified various players that could hold the key to a successful second half of the MLB season, provided that these particular performers can turn up their game a few notches.
That would include Johnny Giavotella, who is getting another crack at the second base job. He’s been getting so many shots at second base that this may be his very last chance to keep it. The Royals are hopeful he can overcome the concerns they have with his defense at second base.
Quite simply, he has to prove that he’s a strong hitter. If not the Royals may have to look elsewhere for their second baseman.
For now, this is the direction in which they should be headed. Late last month, Giavotella was called up from Omaha where he had been hitting the ball very well, batting .411 in his last 16 games there, but in two previous stints with KC, he really hadn’t hit the ball much.
Late in June, Giavotella had three hits with two RBIs in a 9-8 win at the Minnesota Twins, but after 10 games, he’s batting .206 with four RBI and three runs scored.
That’s not why the Royals brought him up. They had anticipated his hitting stats would be better. Perhaps he’ll get there, but Giavotella can’t settle for where he is at right now with his bat. He has to figure out right now how to be a better hitter or the Royals might not give him another shot at second base.