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Mike Moustakas | Third Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Mike Moustakas belted a solo homer in Sunday's loss to the Indians.
He also drew a walk, reaching base in two of three plate appearances. Moustakas' dinger in the fifth inning represented the lone run and one of just four hits for the Royals against Corey Kluber and Cody Allen. The third baseman now has 10 longballs on the year to go along with 35 RBI. Jul 6 - 4:08 PM

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Mike Moustakas belted a three-run homer on Friday, powering the Royals to a 7-1 victory over the Indians.

The sixth-inning blast off Josh Tomlin extended the Royals lead to 5-0. He also singled, finishing the night 2-for-4 which raised his season slash to .192/.254/.370 to go along with nine homers and 34 RBI.
Jul 4 - 10:34 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that the recently activated Danny Valencia will face "most" lefties.

In other words, Mike Moustakas has regained his status as the regular third baseman against right-handers. Moustakas got his job back by slugging four homers over the last 11 games, giving him a total of eight for the season. He's still hitting just .174/.243/.363 overall, though, and remains a dicey fantasy proposition.
Jun 22 - 11:48 AM

Mike Moustakas was 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored Saturday against the White Sox.

The three hits were a season-high. Moustakas had an RBI single in a five-run fourth inning and later added a solo homer in the eighth. The 25-year-old is hitting .238 (10-for-42) with two home runs and seven RBI in 12 games since returning from the minors. Saturday's performance was nice to see, but he needs to do more to earn his way back into relevancy in mixed leagues.
Jun 14 - 5:39 PM

Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and two runs scored against the Indians on Tuesday.

Moustakas launched the two-run shot off Indians reliever Josh Outman in the eighth inning. The home run was his fifth of the season, third-most on the Royals despite hitting .155/.222/.323 and having been demoted in the middle of May.
Jun 10 - 11:21 PM

Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with an RBI single in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Moustakas' RBI single in the second inning proved to be the winning run for the Royals, as they held on for a 2-1 win. Moustakas is just 4-for-27 (.148) since being recalled on June 1, and it seems to be only a matter of time before the club decides it's seen enough of the struggling third baseman.
Jun 8 - 6:19 PM

Royals recalled 3B Mike Moustakas from Triple-A Omaha.

Moustakas predictably mashed in his brief time back in the minors, hitting .355/.412/.548 with one homer over 34 plate appearances. That's all well and good, but the only reason he's back in the majors this soon is because Danny Valencia (wrist) has landed on the DL. Moose can't be trusted in fantasy leagues.
Jun 1 - 9:49 AM

Royals optioned 3B Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha.

The sword finally falls. Moustakas is a former No. 2 overall pick with excellent career minor league numbers, but he was batting just .152/.223/.320 over his first 139 plate appearances this season for Kansas City and owns a rough .669 OPS in 414 total games at the major league level. Danny Valencia and Jimmy Paredes will presumably share time at the hot corner for the Royals going forward.
May 22 - 11:04 AM

Mike Moustakas doubled twice and drove in three runs Wednesday against the Rockies.

The Royals for some reason have themselves convinced that they can't win without Moustakas playing well, even though their 20-19 this year while giving regular at-bats to one of the game's worst performers. It's not that Moustakas can't hit. He can, at least a little. But it certainly would have made sense to let him find his swing in the minors a couple of weeks ago. Maybe he's ready to start to turn it around anyway.
May 14 - 5:40 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost and general manager Dayton Moore on Tuesday said that Mike Moustakas will remain the team's starter at third base.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported over the weekend that the club was considering sending the struggling 25-year-old to Triple-A, but they've decided to stick with Moustakas for now. "I’m not doing it," Yost said. "Simple as that. I’m not really discussing it. He’s going to stay here right now." Moore offered a more realistic explanation of Moustakas' status, saying "What’s the alternative?" Well, the Royals don't really have any good ones, so they'll stick with Moustakas against righties while using Danny Valencia versus southpaws.
May 14 - 10:34 AM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are considering sending struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha.

The Royals need to add an arm to their bullpen, and Moustakas may indeed be the one to go to create the roster spot. He's been brutal in the early going, slashing .147/.215/.321 with four homers and 14 RBI.
May 11 - 7:49 PM

Even as the rest of the Royals combined for 16 hits, Mike Moustakas went 0-for-4 on Friday, dropping his average to .142.

The Royals will have to give serious thought to make Johnny Giavotella their primary third baseman once Omar Infante is healthy. Moustakas, who was so hot this spring, has been unfathomably bad, even by his previous standards. The highest batting average he's finished a game with this season is .159.
May 10 - 1:29 AM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 and hit his fourth homer in eight days Wednesday in the loss to the Indians.

Moustakas is still batting just .159, but on the other hand, he's already more than one-quarter of the way to last year's HR (4 to 12) and RBI (11 to 42) totals. We'll take the power at the expense of the average.
Apr 23 - 11:12 PM

Mike Moustakas smacked a two-run homer in Friday's win over the Twins.

After going homerless over his first 11 games this season, Moustakas has gone deep twice in the past three days. It's encouraging, but those fantasy owners who invested based on his red-hot spring training are still likely to be disappointed.
Apr 19 - 12:58 AM

Mike Moustakas homered in the top of the 11th in the Royals' 6-4 defeat of the Astros on Wednesday.

The struggling Moustakas sat against a lefty and watched Danny Valencia homer in his place, but he got his chance after replacing Justin Maxwell and hit a solo shot to give the Royals the lead in extras. The Royals really should platoon Moustakas going forward, but manager Ned Yost has refused to consider it up to this point. The homer tonight was Moustakas' first, and it gave him just his second RBI in 42 at-bats.
Apr 17 - 1:16 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Aaron Crow
5Francisley Bueno
6Bruce Chen
7Scott Downs
8Luke Hochevar
9Louis Coleman