It has been an excellent Spring Training for Mike Moustakas. He has been hitting the ball with authority, displaying the power stroke that tantalized so many scouts and prospect prognosticators during his minor league career. It finally appears as though Moustakas has finally become that player we have all been waiting for him to be.
With Moustakas’s production thus far in Spring Training, that above paragraph could potentially be applied to this year. However, that paragraph could have been applied to Moustakas prior to last season as well. He certainly appeared to have turned that corner in Spring Training in 2013, putting together a .389/.429/.718 batting line with five home runs. Of his 28 hits, thirteen went for extra bases. His strikeout rate was decent, and he drew five walks in 78 plate appearances. Despite not walking much, Moustakas was still fifth on the team in regards to the number of pitches he saw in Spring Training. It seemed as though Moustakas was about to build off of his promising 2012 season, and become the player that the Royals needed in the middle of their lineup.
Instead, as we all know, Mike Moustakas struggled from the onset of the 2013 season. Through April, Moustakas had posted an abysmal .195/.276/.299 batting line. A home run hit on April 30th kept him from being shut out entirely in the month of April. That first month set the tone for the rest of the season, as Moustakas finished his disappointing 2013 with a .233/.287/.364 batting line and only 12 home runs.
Now, after working on his swing in Venezuela and coming into Spring Training in the “best shape of his life,” Moustakas is once again tearing up the Cactus League. Yes, it is only four games into the Royals Spring Training schedule, but Moustakas already has four extra base hits. In today’s game, he hit two home runs. Could this finally be the year that Moustakas puts everything together?
For Mike Moustakas, it may have to be. Hunter Dozier and Cheslor Cuthbert are both getting closer to being ready for the major leagues, and Danny Valencia is waiting in case Moustakas falters. If Moustakas is ever going to prove that he can be a viable player for the Royals, this may be his last chance.
Right now, Mike Moustakas is off to a hot start in Spring Training. Maybe this time, it will carry over to the regular season.