Ned Yost media session: August 5
Before opening up to a three-game series vs. the Detroit Tigers, Royals manager Ned Yost shared his mutual excitement along with Kansas City fans for infielder Johnny Giavotella’s Major League debut in tonight’s contest. The 24-year old infielder has been batting .339 with 72 RBI and nine home runs for Triple-A Omaha this season. He was leading all of minor league baseball with 153 hits. The decision to call up Giavotella was announced late last night and Giovatella will be batting sixth in the order as the second baseman in tonight’s contest.
“He’s a hard-nosed player, he plays the game with no flash, he just goes out and plays the game hard,” Yost said. “He does that same thing offensively as he does defensively, he gets the most out of his abilities.”
When it comes to a young infield with first baseman Eric Hosmer (21), second baseman Giavotella (24), third baseman Mike Moustakas (22), and shortstop Alcides Escobar (24), the Royals skipper explained that the Royals future is here but that the squad is looking to analyze what the rookies are capable of.
“Giving them an opportunity to play every day to show us exactly what they’re capable of doing is beneficial to not only them but to us,” Yost said. “I like having young guys, they play with a lot of passion and a lot of intensity.”
Yost discussed infielder Chris Getz explaining that Getz has performed outstanding this season and praised his ability to play well not only defensively and offensively but in clutch situations. Yost assured that the decision to call up Giavotella was to grant the 24-year old rookie playing time and will use Getz as a backup infielder throughout the season.