02/19/12 7:00 PM EST
Yost speculating early on top of lineup
Giavotella could bat No. 2; manager likes Gordon at leadoff
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
"He fits the spot because he has the ability to take pitches, he drives the ball the other way and he's a guy that can hit," Yost said. "This kid has hit everywhere. And if it works out, he's the best candidate for it."
Giavotella first has to win the second-base job over Chris Getz. Melky Cabrera, traded to San Francisco, was the Royals' No. 2 batter last season.
Yost still sees left fielder Alex Gordon as the likely leadoff batter, a spot he filled 89 times last season.
"We'll see what develops," Yost said. "I like Gordy leading off. I like somebody with some pop in his bat coming up when the lineup comes back around. He was our best on-base guy last year, and he can do a lot of things -- drive the ball out of the park, drive the gaps, .300 hitter, takes his walks, works the pitcher. He does everything you want a leadoff guy to do."
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.