Moustakas and Eric Hosmer came through the Royals organization as prospects 1A and 1B and Kansas City has long been envisioning them as cornerstones to their Rays type youth movement.
Of course Hosmer came through in a big way last season, posting numbers equaling the hype. Because of this Moustakas has in some ways become the forgotten man, which is good for you because it may be his turn for a breakout season.
The first thing that jumps out of last year’s stat line is that Moustakas has above average plate discipline for a young power hitter, only striking out 51 times in 365 at bats and never having struck out 100 times in a minor league season.
This is important in fantasy terms because it means he projects to hit for a relatively high average and is less likely to go through as many prolonged slumps, common problems for young power hitters.
Secondly, he has historically shown consistent power for his age. Remember that many Major league power hitters do not develop that power until they are a year or two into their big league stints. Young power hitters are more easily evaluated based on doubles. Once the players get stronger around 25-26 years of age, those doubles start going over the wall.
Moustakas had 36 home runs in only 118 games as a 21 year old. The power could be scary good, again without the Brandon Wood-type red flags for contact.
Couple this with the likelihood of a lot of playing time in 2012 and you have the possibility of getting Ryan Zimmerman type production near the end of your draft.
That’s a chance worth taking.