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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 25)
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Birth Date9-11-1988
Height6' 0"
Weight195 lbs
Age26 years, 0 months, 5 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2010
0.82011
3.42012
0.52013
1.32014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2011 KCA 22 89 365 338 26 89 18 1 5 124 22 51 1 2 2 30 2 0 .263 .309 .367 .246 6.2 1.3 0.8
2012 KCA 23 149 614 563 69 136 34 1 20 232 39 124 7 5 0 73 5 2 .242 .296 .412 .252 14.1 17.9 3.4
2013 KCA 24 136 514 472 42 110 26 0 12 172 32 83 5 4 1 42 2 4 .233 .287 .364 .234 1.0 3.8 0.5
2014 KCA 25 127 458 418 43 88 19 1 15 154 32 69 3 4 1 51 0 0 .211 .269 .368 .234 4.0 6.5 1.2
Career50119511791180423973526821253271615419696.236.290.381.24225.329.65.9

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2007 IDA Rk 11 47 .244 .282 .340 .424 .271 .364 94 -1 1.7 0.3 0.6 -0.0 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2008 BUR A 126 549 .294 .253 .327 .374 .263 .291 96 20.4 16.3 3.6 11.4 0.3 42.0 5.5 42.0 5.5
2009 WIL A+ 129 530 .271 .259 .332 .386 .261 .276 92 6.4 16.0 1.8 0.3 2.4 26.5 2.7 26.5 2.7
2010 NWA AA 66 298 .351 .258 .341 .391 .264 .352 112 28.6 8.5 0.6 5.2 -0.3 40.3 4.6 40.3 4.6
2010 OMA AAA 52 236 .292 .272 .343 .434 .266 .276 93 8.7 7.3 1 1.2 -0.3 19.4 2.0 19.4 2.0
2011 KCA MLB 89 365 .246 .260 .319 .406 .260 .296 106 -4.9 9.8 1.4 1.3 -1.0 6.2 0.8 6.2 0.8
2011 OMA AAA 55 250 .289 .286 .360 .444 .268 .314 106 8.4 7.8 0.6 6.6 -3.7 14.7 2.0 14.7 2.0
2012 KCA MLB 149 614 .252 .255 .317 .407 .260 .274 103 -4.6 16.8 2.3 17.9 -2.4 14.1 3.4 14.1 3.4
2013 KCA MLB 136 514 .234 .257 .319 .401 .265 .257 100 -12.6 13.5 1.8 3.8 -3.0 1.0 0.5 1.0 0.5
2014 KCA MLB 127 458 .234 .258 .318 .398 .262 .216 105 -11.3 11.9 1.6 6.5 1.5 4.0 1.2 4.0 1.2
2014 OMA AAA 8 34 .325 .277 .338 .435 .270 .417 99 2.5 1.0 0 0.4 0.1 4.9 0.5 4.9 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2007 IDA Rk 47 6 12 4 1 0 10 4 8 0 0 .293 .383 .439 .146 .244 0.9 0.6 0.1
2008 BUR A 549 77 135 25 3 22 71 43 86 8 4 .272 .339 .468 .196 .294 42.0 11.4 5.5
2009 WIL A+ 530 66 123 32 2 16 86 32 90 10 6 .250 .298 .421 .171 .271 26.5 0.3 2.7
2010 OMA AAA 236 36 66 16 0 15 48 8 25 2 0 .293 .318 .564 .271 .292 19.4 1.2 2.0
2010 NWA AA 298 58 90 25 0 21 76 26 42 0 1 .347 .421 .687 .340 .351 40.3 5.2 4.6
2011 KCA MLB 365 26 89 18 1 5 30 22 51 2 0 .263 .309 .367 .104 .246 6.2 1.3 0.8
2011 OMA AAA 250 38 64 15 1 10 44 19 44 1 1 .287 .347 .498 .211 .289 14.7 6.6 2.0
2012 KCA MLB 614 69 136 34 1 20 73 39 124 5 2 .242 .296 .412 .171 .252 14.1 17.9 3.4
2013 KCA MLB 514 42 110 26 0 12 42 32 83 2 4 .233 .287 .364 .131 .234 1.0 3.8 0.5
2014 OMA AAA 34 3 11 3 0 1 5 3 6 0 0 .355 .412 .548 .194 .325 4.9 0.4 0.5
2014 KCA MLB 458 43 88 19 1 15 51 32 69 0 0 .211 .269 .368 .158 .234 4.0 6.5 1.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 1374 0.5022 0.4898 0.8539 0.6449 0.3304 0.9258 0.7124 0.1461
2012 2399 0.4819 0.4942 0.7789 0.6497 0.3492 0.8695 0.6221 0.2211
2013 1948 0.4764 0.4908 0.8230 0.6627 0.3333 0.8911 0.7000 0.1770
2014 1867 0.4590 0.4834 0.8370 0.6826 0.3139 0.8786 0.7603 0.1630
Career75880.47850.48990.81810.66030.3330.88750.69250.1819

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-09 2014-07-10 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness -
2013-08-27 2013-08-30 DTD 3 3 - General Medical Illness Strep Throat - -
2013-08-13 2013-08-17 DTD 4 5 Left Lower Leg Strain Calf - -
2013-05-26 2013-05-29 DTD 3 3 - Thigh Tightness Quadriceps - -
2013-03-12 2013-03-13 Camp 1 0 Right Foot Contusion - -
2012-10-02 2012-10-04 DTD 2 2 Left Groin Strain - -
2012-09-30 2012-09-30 DTD 0 0 Left Groin Tightness - -
2012-07-29 2012-07-31 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Sprain - -
2012-05-12 2012-05-14 DTD 2 2 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-05-10 2012-05-11 DTD 1 0 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2012-03-13 2012-03-16 Camp 3 0 - General Medical Illness GI - -
2012-03-13 2012-03-15 Camp 2 0 Right Knee Contusion HBP - -
2011-05-13 2011-05-15 Minors 2 2 - Upper Arm Contusion Biceps HBP -
2010-08-09 2010-08-13 Minors 4 0 - Foot Contusion Foul Ball -
2010-04-08 2010-04-22 Minors 14 0 - Abdomen Recovery From Strain Oblique -
2010-03-22 2010-04-08 Camp 17 2 Abdomen Strain Oblique -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 KCA $
2014 KCA $549,000
2013 KCA $524,500
2012 KCA $487,250
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,011,750
2011Current$549,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,560,750
3 yrTotal$1,560,750

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 111 dScott Boras1 year/$0.549M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.549M (2014). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/22/14. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.5245M (2013). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/20/13.
  • 1 year/$487,250 (2012). Re-signed by Kansas City 2/18/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Kansas City 6/10/11.
  • Drafted by Kansas City 2007 (1-2) (Chatsworth HS, Calif.). Signed 8/15/07, $4M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .219 .272 .331 .218
11 vs R (Multi) .246 .299 .398 .246
18 Split (Multi) .027 .027 .067 .028
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .196 .256 .290 .198
31 vs R (2013) .244 .295 .386 .237
38 Split (2013) .048 .039 .097 .039
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jon Singleton: Waste of 10 million or just a overmatched rookie?
(Liver RAW D from Cali)
I think he'll be a bit worse than average big-league regular through his arb years, which makes this at most a waste of $1 million or $2 million. Mike Moustakas has produced 5.6 WARP in his career, if you can believe it. (Sam Miller)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are organizations like BAL, ARI just bad at developing pitching prospects like how KC is bad with hitting prospects? Or is it just bad luck with bust prospects?
(norwun from NYC)
In general, I would say that most of those sorts of reputations are vastly overblown. There is a ton of luck involved and sometimes you hit a bad stretch for a long period of time. Sometimes organizations have strange philosophies that make you scratch your head - like Baltimore's refusal to let any of their pitchers throw a cutter but drafting of a pitcher whose best pitch is a cutter (Bundy), but I don't think that's why Bundy got hurt. There's just bad luck involved.

Some reputations are just flat out wrong, too. KC has developed Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Billy Butler, and Sal Perez, and they even get credit for Wil Myers. Just because Mike Moustakas stinks doesn't mean they can't develop hitters. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you feel Mike Moustakas is salvageable at this point - for this year, and for his career?
(Bill from Bozeman)
Ugh, sure he's salvageable long-term. Too much pedigree and youth to end his career, but any surge he has will be on someone else's team. I'm done. (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Have a couple AL only guys to try and buy low on at this point?
(russellj90 from Iowa)
How about Trevor Bauer, Jonathan Villar and Craig Gentry? Not Mike Moustakas, unfortunately. Stay away. (Ben Carsley)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Moustakas: Is his valuation moving up? I have a keeper decision to make - he was definately a throw away, but now I' not so sure.
(rsambrook from Sacramento)
He's not moving up for me. I'm still not convinced he can hit left-handed pitching, and haven't seen or heard any evidence that he has made an adjustment. He's feasting on early ST pitching. He might improve a little bit this year, but I'm not expecting a breakout. Maybe Moustakas will prove me wrong, but I'm not going to place a big bet on that possibility. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Moustakas .... primed for an Alex Gordon-like emergence or more of the same frustration? Do you like Michael Choice in the Texas OF picture?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Moustakas was so so bad last season. How do you look at his stats and expect him to be an above average player? The Royals can't (and won't) give up on him yet, so that's a good thing in that we get to find out the answer to this novel, but wow yuck.

As for Choice, Texas is a great place to hit, but where's he going to play? Rios, Choo, and Martin in the outfield doesn't leave much room. He can't platoon with Rios because they're both right-handed and you don't give the money to Choo that the Rangers did and then platoon him. So, fourth outfielder? Depth is good though. It's a long season. (Matthew Kory)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm looking at three third basemen on my team, and they all have question marks for the upcoming season: Mike Moustakas, Xander Bogaerts, and Nick Castellanos. What are your thoughts on these three for 2014 and beyond? Do I need to try to get someone more experienced by opening day?
(Jim from Detroit)
I don't think you need more experience. Bogaerts is going to be valuable immediately, and I believe in Castellanos' bat as well. I'm not a Moustakas fan, but with that amount of depth at/near the major leagues I think you're ok. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-10-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Mike Moustakas can ever find his groove and become a relevant fantasy player? Thanks!
(Mitch from The Toilet)
At this point, almost 1,500 plate appearances into his pro career, it's hard to project a breakout. He's still young, relatively at 25, so there is absolutely still a chance that he turns into something more than what he is, but with the Royals in win-now mode (for some reason) I'm not sure that's the best organization for him to try and figure things out.

To answer your question more specifically, I'd guess no. But with the caveat that I could be wrong! (Matthew Kory)
2013-07-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Zach thanks for the chat! Should I be getting excited at all about how Mike Moustakas is stringing along multi-hit games or is this just a fluke?
(Nathan from Kansas City)
I think there's been a Moustaks question in every chat I've done, so think of this more as an update and updates are always dangerous. Players don't really change that much month to month. I'm going to say fluke in that any several-game sample from any player is a fluke.

OPS by month
April: .575
May: .545
June: .664

This still isn't telling me a lot of good news. (Zachary Levine)
2013-05-22 18:00:00 (link to chat)Should I give up on Mike Moustakas? Or will he rebound in your opinion?
(Derek from Kansas City)
I do not like what I see from him. If you can find a believer, feel free to move (Jason Collette)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Moustakas. Ugh. Time to cut bait if there are other options?
(Bob from Kansas City)
It depends on the other options. I watched a lot of Moustakas during the first week and he looked miserable. At the same time we all know he's better than what he's played so far.

I guess it comes down to this: Do you need him to break out this season in order to feel satisfied with his production? (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! I had high hopes for Brandon Belt and Mike Moustakas at the beginning of the season. Should I finally give up on these two?
(Derek from St. Louis)
Of the two, I had a stronger pull toward the Belt fan club and I'm trying to find an escape route where nobody will notice me slip out the back door of the meeting.

But these things shouldn't be binary yes-no type of things. Every bit of additional information should adjust your expectations, and there's no question that this start lowers mine even if only a bit.

By the way, Giants first base has been a black hole for a decade with the exception of Aubrey Huff's quickly-corrected 2010. (Zachary Levine)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should the Royals send Mike Moustakas back to the minors? He's a decent defender but is giving them nothing on offense. He's got one RBI on the year. One.
(Jim from Kansas City)
Always two ways to look at the question of sending a player, especially a top prospect, back to the minors.

1. The effect on the player. Will he learn from it, settle down, etc? Or is it something that can only be learned from facing major league pitching day after day? I don't know Moustakas' personality type well, but I tend to lean toward the latter. If they determine he needs a mental break or to gain confidence, I wouldn't argue with that.

2. The effect on the team. Can they put somebody there that you know or expect will be better. I'd be inclined to let it ride with Moustakas. In 62 plate appearances, he has 5 walks, 8 strikeouts and a .184 BABIP. Not to say that BABIP is entirely luck, but a lot of it is, and I'd expect that to go up. Not sure where the power is, though. (Zachary Levine)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Some of my fantasy guys are really struggling early. What's your short and long term prognosis for Mike Moustakas? Will Aaron Hicks relax and stick around? Does Lorenzo Cain have what it takes to be a star? Leonys Martin?
(Jim from Seattle)
I like Moustakas, although he's taking his time to develop. Then again, he's only 24, so he's got time. Hicks we've covered, Cain is useful but not exciting. Martin seems like a high-risk/high-reward type, but the sample is so limited at the big-league level, I don't have a good feel for him yet. (Geoff Young)
2013-04-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Through 250 MLB games, Mike Moustakas' 162-game average is a pathetic .246 batting average with 16 homers and a .685 OPS. He pops up to third so often teams would be smart to shift their second basemen to the left side when he bats. Even worse, he seems to be regressing. I know the Royals are invested and don't have better options, but is it too soon to give up on him for fantasy purposes?
(Paul from Kansas City)
It's worth being patient with Moustakas a little longer, because he's only 24, but the popups to third and occasional struggles with left-handed pitching are definitely legitimate concerns. On the other hand, he's walking a bit more and striking out less in the early going, so if he can find a way to square up more balls, a breakthrough could be coming. If his defense is as good as it graded out to be in FRAA and UZR last year, he'll always be more valuable to the Royals than to fantasy owners, but I would wait another year before cutting bait. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! Could you rank these following players on chances of a breakout season: Kyle Seager, Brandon Belt, Todd Frazier, Ben Revere, Matt Harvey, and Mike Moustakas?
(Derek from Kansas City)
Harvey
Belt
Moustakas
Revere
Seager
Frazier (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Mike Moustakas will finish the year__ ranked 3B?
(MerleDixon from PA)
I'm pretty "meh" on Moustakas for this year in mixed leagues. You'll get your .260 average with 20-25 home runs. I see him as the 14-15th third baseman. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)In my AL-only Dynasty Lg, I acquired Mike Moustakas, Addison Reed, Byron Buxton and the 6th overall pick for Justin Verlander & my 10th, 11th and 12th round picks. Was this a good pick-up, considering that I have Matt Moore, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland and Tommy Milone as my top starters
(jlarsen from Chicago)
Hard to say considering I don't know what those picks would typically fetch in your league. That seems like a lot to give up since it's an AL-only. Your staff looks deep, but this isn't a mixed. I do like Buxton a lot, but I don't like the idea of giving up Verlander without getting a top hitter back. I have been burned in the past dealing an ace pitcher for a package of players rather than one big hitter in return. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! Pick your breakout candidate this year out of the following: Todd Frazier, Brandon Belt, Mike Moustakas, and Kyle Seager.
(Derek from KC)
I like this question. I feel like Frazier and Belt are closest to their ceilings; Belt, especially, has some fundamental mechanical stuff to address if he ever wants to reach his power ceiling. I like the little power boost Seager displayed last year, but I can't help but feel like Moose is the only superstar in the bunch. Yeah, he's scuffled some the past two years, but he's going to be 24 for the entire '13 season. He's still CRAZY young. Gotta go with him. And even if he doesn't figure it out this year, he'll definitely be the guy over the long haul. (Ian Miller)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! In my keeper league I kept Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier, Brandon Belt, and Kyle Seager. Smart move?
(Derek from Kansas City)
Derek, it depends on the opportunity cost. I can see reasons for keeping all four of those players in a vacuum, but we both know that's not how this thing works. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Expecting a big bounce back year from Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer? Thanks for the chat!
(Bill from Kansas City)
I remain hopeful that they are experiencing the usual growing pains. Both of those guys are incredibly young. Of course, I'm still waiting for Ruben Rivera and Sean Burroughs. Any moment now, I can feel it. (Geoff Young)
2012-07-25 13:30:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Ben! No talking fantasy here, but real life baseball: if you had to choose between Brett Lawrie and Mike Moustakas from now until the end of their respective careers, either as a hitter or complete package, which do you take?
(smallflowers from live from the delino deshields sr. fanclub)
I like Moustakas a little more as a player. Slightly higher draft pick, slightly better prospect, more than slightly better makeup (supposedly) and production this season. Then again, Lawrie is almost a year and a half younger. That difference in age might make up the difference in career production right there. Tough call, but I think I still give the edge to Moose. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Dustin Ackley and Mike Moustakas will have effective enough traditional 5 category numbers to be solid starters at their positions in a deep 11 team keeper league? Very encouraging late 2011 numbers by both guys.
(Honey Badger from NYC)
Honey Badger don't give a shat... Ok, out of my system... If that's a mixed league, they might be solid enough, but they're not guys I'd be thrilled to have starting for me in 2012 in a 5x5, 11-team mixed league. I'd rather have Moustakas than Ackley for 2012, though. (Derek Carty)
2011-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Lawrie, Jennings, Ackley... Are you high on any prospects likely to be called up soon?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
Yup, I like all three. You can also keep an eye on guys like Mike Moustakas, Jemile Weeks, Yonder Alonso, Anthony Rizzo, Lonnie Chisenhall, and a number of others. (Derek Carty)
2011-05-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Aside from Harper, Trout, Montero & Brown, and with Hosmer, Hellockson, Chaoman & Teheran now in the majors, who occupies the remaining spots in the Top 10 at this point.
(commish from nyc)
While I should defer to Kevin Goldstein on this question, I'd have to say Mike Moustakas is right there with those guys. That's five. Then let's say John Lamb, Jameson Taillon, Matt Moore and Shelby Miller. (John Perrotto)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Could Mike Moustakas be the opening day 3B for the Royals, with a great spring?
(Markus from NYC)
Sure. (Jason Parks)
2011-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I have the 1st overall pick in this years draft out of a 16 team, H2H, 7 holdover league. I'm debating over which minors prospect might be the best one to select. I'm currently looking at: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Mike Moustakas, Dustin Ackley, Julio Teheran. I also realize that some of these are obviously closer to the Majors than others, or should that not be my only requirement?
(Bill from New York)
I'm far from the fantasy expert here, having given that up years ago (too much of a good thing), and you don't need Kevin Goldstein to tell you those are all great prospects. Harper is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent, but obviously he has no real track record as of yet. I love Trout because of his range of skills and would probably go for him just on that basis even if you won't see him for awhile, and I figure Ackley to be the most speculative of the bunch. Moustakas is probably the safest short-term play, even though I'm certain that the Royals will delay/screw up/botch his promotion in some way. They'll probably block him by luring Ruben Sierra out of retirement, or something like that. (Steven Goldman)
2010-11-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Why would the Royals be interested in Chris Davis? They have a logjam at first base / DH as it is, Eric Hosmer is waiting in the wings, and third base will belong to Mike Moustakas starting some time in 2011.
(chris from MN)
They wouldn't be. I used them to illustrate how there aren't going to be many takers for Davis, and even then, a usual suspect in similar situations like the Royals wouldn't give anything up to get him. Then again -- why do the Royals do anything they do? (Eric Seidman)
2010-10-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)From an overall hitting standpoint who has a better career... Mike Moustakas, or Lonnie Chisenhall? Mike Moustakas is one of the best power hitting minor leaguers while a lot of people like Lonnie's overall game... what do you see for a future for both of these players? Thanks
(Colin from Longmeadow, MA)
Obviously, this is more a KG question than a CK question, but I'm more enthusiastic about Moustakas while liking both. The problem is whether or not the Royals fall into another way to handicap the kid's career and achieve incremental growth instead of greatness, a la Gordon or Butler or Ka'aihue or... (Christina Kahrl)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Let's talk dynasty leagues.... Long term, Gordon Beckham or Mike Moustakas, assuming I have nothing useful at either position going forward.
(achaik from Maine)
I'm not 100% on how good Moustakas is going to be, but I know with Beckham I have had to mull this over for one of my own teams. His second half has been excellent, and he worked on his swing midseason with the hitting coach and got immediate results, so it should be safe to keep him. (Marc Normandin)
2010-09-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think the next "Moose" will be Mike Moustakas...
(Chris from cube farm)
You're probably right. It's too bad he isn't Canadian, eh? (Marc Normandin)
2010-06-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following in the order in which you think they will make their big league debuts: Mike Moustakas; Pedro Alvarez; Logan Morrison; Freddie Freeman; Madison Bumgarner; Jeremy Hellickson. Does anyone in this group make a significant fantasy impact in 2010?
(Chillin' from Waiver Wire)
I'm not terribly good at this kind of thing, but what the heck:

Alvarez, Moustakas, Hellickson, Morrison, Bumgarner, Freeman

I think the first three will see at least a sprinkling of big league time this year. The others I'm not so sure about. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I like the line about Joba in K.C., but what's the series of events that you think lands him there? It's a little hard to imagine what K.C. has that Cashman would want/need. David DeJesus?
(Dan from Brooklyn)
Oh, I don't know. Maybe Cashman has a mancrush on Aaron Crow and is convinced that Mike Moustakas is the heir apparent to Derek Jeter after he tears up Double-A pitching this year while moving back to short. Plus he thinks that the George Brett statue would look great in his office. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any reason Mike Moustakas wasn't sent to the instructional league? Is there a better third base prospect?
(Corey from L-Ville)
He played a long year, was healthy all year, had a great second half and there are only so many spots, even for instructs. Don't read too much into it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)whats your take on royals 3B Mike Moustakas?solid regular? All-star?
(nick from albuquerque)
The more I see him, the more I like him, and after a slow start, he's be arguably the most dangerous hitter in the Midwest League. I think he's a stud. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-08-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, there's been plenty of talk about Mike Moustakas lately, but are you intrigued by either of his teammates at Burlington, Johnny Giovatella or Jason Taylor?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
Taylor does pretty much nothing for me. 20 years old, kind of a dumpy body, and a lot of lunging at the plate. Obviously, Giavotella doesn't have a ton of tools, but you really only need one game to fall in love the way he plays. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-07-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Royals appear to have moved Mike Moustakas to third base, and he has hit the ball better in the last two months. What do you see from him offensively as he advances through the system?
(BL from Bozeman, MT)
I saw him at third last week here at Kane County and while he wasn't tested there, he looked more comfortable during BP there and of course, the arm is huge so it's worth a try. He still needs to make some adjustments offensively, especially with breaking stuff, but the power and bat speed are massive. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-06-06 13:00:00 (link to chat) As a Royals fan it is hard for me to be patient for high school guys. Mike Moustakas looks like a great talent, but I believe the Royals need to take a college bat (Posey/Alvarez). What are the chances and upside of the Royals selecting Eric Hosmer?
(jeffn411 from Lawrence, KS)
Be patient. Hosmer is a special player, but yes, Posey also would have been a defendable pick there. You can complain about Alvarez though, because he wasn't there for them. You also can't complain about not getting a college bat last year, as remember, that was a different animal. Only two college bats went in the first 12 picks, and one of them (LaPorta) was a surprise. (Kevin Goldstein)


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