This is completely unconfirmed and hasn’t been announced by any official team sources, but it’s also one of the worst kept secrets in minor league baseball: Mike Moustakas is very possibly potentially being promoted to Triple A Omaha. Very soon.
Earlier today, Rany Jazayerli tweeted that “sources” were telling him that Moustakas was headed to Triple A. How likely would that scenario be? Let’s dig deeper.
After Rany’s tidbit, another tweet from Greg Schaum about Jamie Romak, third baseman for the Wilmington Blue Rocks in High A, indicated that he’s being promoted to Northwest Arkansas in Double A. Romak hasn’t gotten much press at all, but he’s put up a .304/.388/.458/.864 line in 82 games, numbers that deserve the promotion.
Now wait, Mike Moustakas is the everyday third baseman for the Naturals, right? Correct. You see where I’m going with this. It’s mere circumstantial evidence, but if both Jazayerli and Schaum are correct (and while they have inside connections, Rany warns his word is not “gospel”), it’s more than logical, it’s necessary for Moustakas to make the jump.
Even without Romak’s promotion, Alex Gordon and Kila Ka’aihue are both worthy of another trip to Kansas City, opening a spot in the lineup for another power bat in Omaha. With Jose Guillen‘s potential hamstring injury (which we haven’t gotten a true prognosis on yet), Kila Ka’aihue may take his place. Then again that may be Rick Ankiel making his return from the DL. At any rate, Moustakas could slide into the everyday role at the hot corner in Omaha with ease, as he’d be in competition with Ed Lucas and Marc Maddox for the position. That wouldn’t even necessitate a move with the big league club, giving Omaha a ridiculous Gordon/Ka’aihue/Moustakas combination. Scary.
Moustakas is more than ready. Consider the case of Kila Ka’aihue in 2008. In 2008 Ka’aihue was promoted from Northwest Arkansas to Omaha on July 28 after hitting .314/.463/.624/1.086 with 26 HR and 79 RBI in 91 games. Moustakas’s numbers though today are sitting at .355/.417/.705/1.122 with 21 HR and 76 RBI. In only 64 games.
The pieces are in place and I see no reason to doubt Rany’s sources. But again, none of this is confirmed until announcements are made, and no specific date has been mentioned. If everything is true and correct, Moustakas would join a slew of other Royals prospects who have made a move up a level recently.
Moustakas will join fellow prospect Eric Hosmer in representing Team USA on July 11 in the MLB Futures Game in Anaheim.
Update: Schaum also tweeted about a Moustakas promotion coming next week. I missed it in the midst of the awesome win over the Mariners.