KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 15: Johnny Giavotella #9 of the Kansas City Royals in action during the game against the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium on August 15, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
I really don't know what I expected from Johnny Giavotella this season, which is utterly pathetic, because he's precisely the kind of player who would be low variance. We know he isn't going to go Albert Pujols on the AL, and we also know that he's not going to fall flat on his face. Maybe. I guess.
I do know that he isn't Chris Getz.
In any case, Giavotella had three hits today, including a double, raising his triple slash line to .255/.291/.378. It isn't a great line, but he's still slugging 80 points higher than Mike Burroughs Moustakas. Then again, is he really any different than Getz? The BA/OBP is roughly the same, although over much more playing time, Getz managed an amazingly low .307 SLG (which again, is better than Moose has done).
Getz showed vague doubles power for a time as well, posting a memorable .347 SLG in 2009 with the White Sox. These things can happen, even with tiny guys like these two. And again, we're talking about slugging .350-.370, which is a low bar.
So... here we are. I'm glad Giavotella was called up, I'm glad there's less Getz in our lives. Have the Royals made a huge upgrade? Eh.