SURPRISE AZ - FEBRUARY 23: Johnny Giavotella #73 of the Kansas City Royals poses for a portrait on February 23 2011 at Suprise Stadium in Surprise Arizona.. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Given that he was lauded as a character pick of sorts on draft day, Johnny Giavotella was an unlikely internet hero, at least from an "he's putting up numbers" angle. Nevertheless, the player who was praised as a gritty winner at the college level has had a remarkably smooth time as a professional, progressing through the system in an orderly fashion.
At A ball in 2008, he posted a .776 OPS. The next year at high-A Wilmington he was at .731 (a mild step back, but it is a tough park in Delaware). At NWA in 2010 Giavotella established himself as a serious prospect with a .855 OPS, and took it to the next level this season with a surprising .339/.391/.481 line.
Earlier this week Jeff wrote about Gio's numbers translated to the Major League level, projecting a line of .308/.349/.428.
This is an open-ended, information-gathering kind of post, so I'll stop here. What do you expect from Gio in 2011?
Johnny Giavotella's 2011 OPS Will Be:
Under .700 (68 votes)
.701-.750 (266 votes)
.751-.800 (183 votes)
.801-.850 (59 votes)
.851 or higher (49 votes)
625 total votes