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Mike Moustakas | Third Baseman | #8

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (2) / KC
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Mike Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to the Angels.
Moustakas opened the game promisingly enough, burning Angels starter Jered Weaver for a solo home run in the first inning. It would be his only hit on the evening, though, and an ineffective Edinson Volquez would ensure that the four runs scored by the Royals in the contest would fall in vain. Moustakas is hitting a shiny .267/.337/.613 with five doubles, seven homers and 11 RBI over his first 75 at-bats. Apr 27 - 2:10 AM

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Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run homer, driving in three runs in Friday's win over the Orioles.

It's five or six years after it was supposed to have happened, but Moustakas has asserted himself as a quality big-league third baseman at the plate. He's now hitting .290/.343/.661 with six homers, and his strikeout rate (10.4 percent) has dropped for the third-consecutive season. All in all, the 27-year-old has shown that his breakout performance a year ago wasn't all smoke and mirrors and, now, maybe the prodigious is finally arriving.
Apr 23 - 12:22 AM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a home run in Thursday's win over the Tigers.

Moustakas hit the home run, a solo shot, off Tigers starter Mike Pelfrey in the fourth inning. That seems to be the only way he gets them this year -- all five of his home runs this season have come with the bases empty. Moustakas is hitting .259/.317./569 with six RBI and seven runs scored in total.
Apr 21 - 10:33 PM

Mike Moustakas clubbed his fourth home run of the season in Sunday's loss to the Athletics.

His solo shot off A's starter Chris Bassitt gave the Royals an early 2-0 lead in the second inning, but that would wind up being the extent of their offense. Aside from the power, he's off to a slow start at the plate in 2016, slashing .217/.280/.522 with four homers and five RBI.
Apr 17 - 6:57 PM

Mike Moustakas (hamstring) went hitless in five plate appearances in his return to the lineup Saturday.

Moustakas sat out Friday's game with a minor hamstring injury but was back out there for an afternoon contest Saturday. He's expected to be fine.
Apr 17 - 8:18 AM

Mike Moustakas (hamstring) is not in the Royals starting lineup on Friday.

Moustakas suffered the injury during Thursday's victory over the Astros and will sit out on Friday as a precautionary measure. Christian Colon will fill in at the hot corner and bat eighth for the Royals against Rich Hill and the Athletics on Friday.
Apr 15 - 7:59 PM

Mike Moustakas could sit out Friday's game with a slight hamstring injury.

It's unclear when he suffered the injury, but Moose homered and reached base three times during Thursday's win over the Astros. Either way, it doesn't sound like something that would keep him out for more than a day or two. Christian Colon would fill in for Moustakas at third base.
Apr 15 - 8:12 AM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a home run in Thursday's win over the Astros.

Moustakas took Astros starter Doug Fister out in the first inning to start the scoring, later adding a single and a walk. He's now got three home runs through nine games, although they've only counted for four runs. The third baseman is batting .243/.317/.541 overall.
Apr 14 - 10:56 PM

Mike Moustakas hit his second home run of the season in the Royals' 4-3 comeback win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon in Kansas City.

Moustakas went deep for a solo shot off Twins starter Ricky Nolasco in the bottom of the sixth inning to finally put the Royals on the board. Kansas City then mounted a big comeback in the ninth inning against Twins closer Glen Perkins and won it in the 10th off young setup man Trevor May. Moustakas also homered Saturday in the Royals' defeat of the Twins. He's batting .250/.318/.600 in five games.
Apr 10 - 5:52 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Saturday's win over the Twins.

The multi-hit game was the second consecutive for Moustakas, and the homer -- a solo shot off Tommy Milone in the fourth inning -- was his first of the year. The third baseman is slashing .250/.294/.500 through the first four games of the season.
Apr 9 - 10:34 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with an RBI single in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.

Moustakas is off to a sizzling start this spring, hitting to a .423 average (11-for-23) so far. The 27-year-old third baseman posted career-bests across the board last season with a .284/.348/.470 slash line, 22 homers and 82 RBI. It will be interesting to see if he can come close to matching those numbers in 2016. Prior to 2015, he had never hit higher than .242 in a full campaign.
Mar 16 - 7:52 PM

Mike Moustakas smacked a two-run homer Monday in a loss to the Athletics.

Moose's two-run shot off of Jesse Hahn in the top of the first inning gave the Royals an early lead, but they were outscored 6-2 the rest of the way and compiled just four hits on the day. Moustakas is slated to hit second for the reigning champs this season.
Mar 7 - 7:56 PM

Mike Moustakas doubled and walked in Thursday’s loss to the Rangers.

Moustakas batted second Thursday, which is where Ned Yost is thinking of using him when the regular season begins. The 27-year-old was the team’s primary No. 2 hitter last season before the acquisition of Ben Zobrist. Alex Gordon is another possibility to hit second.
Mar 3 - 7:11 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost said Sunday that Mike Moustakas is "probably" the most likely candidate to hit second.

Alex Gordon is also a candidate, but it appears he's more likely to hit sixth. Moustakas batted second for the first four months of last season before eventually moving down in the order. He has a career on-base percentage of .303, which obviously isn't a good fit for the top-third of the order, although Moose's OBP was a career-high .348 in 2015. That .348 mark happens to be Gordon's career OBP, and he boasted a .377 OBP last season.
Feb 28 - 10:47 AM

Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $14.3 million contract.

The deal buys out the final two years of Moustakas' arbitration eligibility. The third baseman had requested $7 million when the two sides exchanged figures last month, with the Royals offering $4.2 million. It's a worthy raise for the 27-year-old after he batted .284/.348/.470 with 22 home runs and 82 RBI last season.
Feb 11 - 9:52 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Drew Butera
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Terrance Gore
RF1Jarrod Dyson
2Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Edinson Volquez
3Ian Kennedy
4Chris Young
5Kris Medlen
6Dillon Gee
7Mike Minor
8Jason Vargas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Kelvin Herrera
3Joakim Soria
4Luke Hochevar
5Danny Duffy
6Chien-Ming Wang
7Tim Collins
8Miguel Almonte