Kansas City Royals: The Mike Moustakas Era Begins in Kansas City

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Kansas City Royals: The Mike Moustakas Era Begins in Kansas City
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First it was Aaron Crow out of spring training, then it was Eric Hosmer and Danny Duffy in May and now it’s Mike Moustakas in June.

If you follow the game’s top prospects, then the Kansas City Royals are the team for you.

The Royals called up Moustakas on Thursday and he is expected to be their everyday third baseman moving forward. In a corresponding move, the Royals sent Mike Aviles down to Triple-A.

Moustakas is red hot at the plate and the Royals are hoping he can provide the same offense as Hosmer has this season.

After a slow start to the season, Moustakas as really turned it on over the last month or so. He was hitting .287/.347/.498 with 10 home runs in 55 games this season at Triple-A. However, he is batting .321 in 34 games since May 1 with six homers.

The Royals now have their future playing first and third on an everyday basis. By the end of 2012, the Royals could have their future infield set. There’s a good chance that 2B Johnny Giavotella could get the call soon (hitting .302/.363/.412 with three HRs in Triple-A) and SS Christian Colon has started to figure things out in Double-A.

Despite the wins not being there lately, things are really starting to come together in Kansas City. I am also personally excited for Moustakas’ call-up because I had predicted he would win the AL Rookie of the Year award this season. Now there is a small possibility of that actually happening.

Here are some other things you should know about Mike Moustakas:

Age: 22

Bats: Left

Throws: Right

College: None. Went to Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, CA

Drafted: Second pick of the first round of the 2007 June Draft by the Kansas City Royals

Minor League Stats:

Year Lev PA H 2B HR SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2007 Rk 47 12 4 0 0 4 8 .293 .383 .439 .822
2008 A 549 135 25 22 8 43 86 .272 .337 .468 .805
2009 A+ 530 123 32 16 10 32 90 .250 .297 .421 .718
2010 AA-AAA 534 156 41 36 2 34 67 .322 .369 .630 .999
2010 AA 298 90 25 21 0 26 42 .347 .413 .687 1.100
2010 AAA 236 66 16 15 2 8 25 .293 .314 .564 .878
2011 AAA 250 64 15 10 1 19 44 .287 .347 .498 .845
5 Seasons   1910 490 117 84 21 132 295 .282 .337 .503 .840
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 486 130 31 25 3 27 69 .290 .331 .531 .862
A (1 season) A 549 135 25 22 8 43 86 .272 .337 .468 .805
AA (1 season) AA 298 90 25 21 0 26 42 .347 .413 .687 1.100
Rk (1 season) Rk 47 12 4 0 0 4 8 .293 .383 .439 .822
A+ (1 season) A+ 530 123 32 16 10 32 90 .250 .297 .421 .718
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/11/2011.

 

Keith Law Ranking and Analysis

Ranking: No. 23 out of 100 prospects in baseball for 2011.

Analysis:

“I said last January that 2010 would determine whether Moustakas projected as an impact bat or just as solid-average, and I think he answered that question pretty clearly, even with the knocks on his performance this year. Moustakas destroyed Double-A, in part courtesy of a home park very friendly to left-handed power hitters, and maintained his power with a promotion to Triple-A but lost some selectivity and struggled against left-handed pitching.

"He has one of the best-looking swings on any prospect in the minors, and has big line-drive power, including power out to left-center. At third base, his best tool remains his plus-plus arm; he’ll make the plays there but won’t show much range, and I doubt he’ll be more than average even with his work ethic. Even a grade-45 glove at third with his bat is a very good player who’ll make All-Star teams and hit in the middle of the Royals’ lineup for years.”

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