The New Johnny Baseball

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Updated: June 17, 2016

Sorry Mr. Cueto… There’s a new Johnny Baseball in town and his name is Johnny Giavotella.  I’m going to take it back to the off-season of 2014 very quick to the departure of fan favorite second basemen Howie Kendrick who was traded to the dodgers for starting pitcher Andrew Heaney.

Now with a newfound hole on the right side of the bag the Angels took a less flashy approach on their search for a new second basemen. Johnny Giavotella was designated for assignment by the Royals on December 18, 2014 and on the very next day the Angels send RHP Brian Broderick in a trade for him. With a shot at becoming a starter for the first time in his career, he capitalized on his opportunity.

In 2015 he played 129 games only to miss about a month because of a lingering eye problem that caused him to have doubled vision. Last year he was pretty good offensively posting a .272 average with 4 homers and 49 RBI’s but defensively he wasn’t all that great, committing 12 errors on the season, which he himself wasn’t very happy about.

Following seasons end he took that responsibility into his own hands by working on his defense during most of the off-season with former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington.  He came into Spring Training this year with a purpose to show everyone that defensively he can be a good second basemen. Now with the season being almost half way over he has only committed 3 errors in 57 games so far this year and is making incredible plays on the right side of the infield almost everyday.

With the wizard-like defense in Andrelton Simmons at short stop it is easy to overlook just how good Johnny G has been with the glove. When Simmons went to the DL with a torn right thumb ligament for a little over a month there wasn’t anything real flashy about our infield anymore.

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With the call up of Gregorio Petit to play the new short stop void, Johnny flashed the leather almost every day with either game saving grabs or  just making harder plays look easy. Now offensively he was always a pretty good hitter, he’s posting .272 average with 12 doubles, 4 home runs, and 21 RBI’s and has come up with big hits when the Angels need him most.

This past week has been nothing short of awful for the halos but Johnny has been just the opposite posting a .385 average with 10 hits, 6 runs, and 2 home runs in his last 7 games and 6 for 8 in his last two games vs. Minnesota. Keep it rolling Johnny G, your fans are recognizing and loving what you’re doing.

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