Givens consistently pumped 96 mph off the mound in high school and many scouts believed he was a better prospect as a pitcher than as a hitter.
He is now equivalent to a college pitcher, and understands the rigors of a minor league season. The timing of his move to the mound seems like a good one.
Givens is currently in Sarasota at instructional league working as a pitcher. Depending on how quickly he progresses as a pitcher will determine whether he opens 2013 in Delmarva or participates in extended spring training.
With a power fastball and breaking ball combo, Givens has the kind of stuff you look for in a back end reliever. Givens progression as a pitcher is going to be something to follow closely over the next few season as he looks to show what made scouts believe he could have been a first round pick as a pitcher.