KoK Prospect #3: Mike Moustakas


Mike Moustakas checks in at #3 on the 2010 Kings of Kauffman prospect list.

Who: Michael Christopher Moustakas
DOB: 9/11/1988  Los Angeles, California
Position: 3B
Height: 5’11″
Weight: 230
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Acquired: 2007 Draft (1st Round)

Rankings:
~ Baseball America #4
~ Diamond Futures #3
~ Royals Review #5
~ The Royal Tower #4
~ John Sickels B
~ Baseball Prospectus #3
~ Scouting Book #1

Stats:

PA 2B HR SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
2007 Idaho Falls (Rk) 47 4 0 0 4 8 0.293 0.383 0.439
2008 Burlington (A) 549 25 22 8 43 86 0.272 0.337 0.468
2009 Wilmington (A+) 530 32 16 10 32 90 0.250 0.297 0.421
2010 NW Arkansas (AA) 256 21 18 0 23 37 0.338 0.406 0.676

Moose has justified my faith in him during his struggles last season.  I took on all doubters from all directions including friends, family, coworkers and other Royals fans.  I dedicated a fair amount of space on this very site asking everyone for patience and understanding.  Now we are three months into the 2010 season and even though he missed much of April with an injury, Mike Moustakas has a real chance to earn Minor League Player of the Year honors.  Talk about turning things around.

Thanks to a drastic improvement in his BB/SO rate his OBP, which had been dropping steadily as he has moved up, is now over 0.400.  Consider that trend smashed.  He has the quickest bat in all of Double-A and it has been on display all season.  Now up to 75 hits on the year, 39 of them (52%) have gone for extra bases.  The only “negative” thing anyone can say about Mike’s 2010 season is that he is yet to steal his first base of the season after notching 10 last season and 8 the year before.  At 5’11″ and 230 I don’t think anyone is too worried about his thievery on the basepaths.

I said it last year and I will say it again this season, “in Moose we can trust.”  The only difference is that now some of you might believe me.

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  • rbt

    My only concern with Moose is that Arvest Ballpark is very hitter-friendly, and he has hit like Babe Ruth at home…and like Betty White on the road.

    • Wally Fish

      That’s a very fair concern, but I think it is mitigated by the fact tat he showed the power in the Carolina League and Midwest League prior to this season. This year the environment is better yes, but you can also see from his stats and recent evaluations of him that the other aspects of his offensive game are catching up to his elite bat speed.

      Like, Billy Butler at this stage I have zero concerns about Moose being an offensive force at the major league level. His defense has improved and he’s working hard on that aspect, but where he will ultimately play is the only unknown for me.

      An impact bat at 3B is better than an impact bat at DH, but he’s going to be an impact bat one way or another.

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