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Mike Moustakas | Third Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a homer and a walk as the Royals topped the Angels 6-4 on Friday.
Through five games, four Royals regulars have OPSs of at least 1.150, with Moustakas leading the way at 12.65. Only Alex Gordon and Omar Infante have struggled. It's hard to see Moustakas lasting as a successful No. 2 hitter, but it's certainly worked nicely so far. Apr 12 - 2:58 AM

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Mike Moustakas homered, singled, walked and dropped down a sac bunt as the Royals' No. 2 hitter Monday against the White Sox.

Well, that's certainly everything you'd love to see from your No. 2 hitter. Moustakas's shot to left-center was actually the first opposite-field homer of his career, suggesting he's taking this new role to heart. Ideally, he simply could have embraced becoming a more complete hitter from the bottom of the lineup, but this works too. It'll be interesting to see how it all plays out.
Apr 6 - 7:26 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost admitted Saturday that Mike Moustakas is likely to hit second in the lineup to begin the season.

Somehow Yost has found a way to look past his career .290 on-base percentage, and figures that he needs an extra at-bat in most games ahead of more proven and legitimate big league hitters. It would be a boon to his fantasy value if he sticks in that spot, though the likelihood of that is very low.
Apr 4 - 2:14 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a solo home run in a loss to the Brewers on Wednesday.

Moustakas homered in the second inning off of Wily Peralta, then added an RBI single in the fifth inning. "Moose" has pushed his average up to .321 (9-for-28). The Royals are hoping to see him display some power in the second half of the spring as he has posted a .364 and .361 slugging percentage in each of the last two seasons.
Mar 18 - 7:49 PM

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run double as the Royals toppled the Brewers on Monday.

Moustakas gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the third inning with a two-run double to left field. The Royals are hoping that Moustakas, the owner of a career .668 OPS, finally lives up to his billing with a breakout campaign in 2015.
Mar 9 - 7:48 PM

Mike Moustakas plans on bunting against the shift more often in 2015.

Moustakas was shifted regularly last year, which contributed to his .212 batting average. It should be a no-brainer for him (and many others) to drop one down every once in a while in order to keep teams honest. It's one thing to say it in spring training, but let's see if he actually does it when games get underway.
Feb 24 - 10:49 AM

Royals and 3B Mike Moustakas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.64 million contract.

Moustakas requested a $3.1 million for 2015 and was offered $1.85 million from the Royals when when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled a bit north of the midpoint. He'll receive an additional $10,000 if he reaches 550 plate appearances this season. The 26-year-old was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, so he's under team control through 2017.
Feb 3 - 10:56 AM

Mike Moustakas requested $3.1 million and was offered $1.85 million when arbitration figures were exchanged.

The 26-year-old slugger slashed .212/.271/.361 with 15 homers and 54 RBI for the Royals in 2014. MLBTradeRumors.com projects that he'll earn $2.7 million, which is much closer to his figure than the Royals.
Jan 17 - 12:42 AM

Mike Moustakas will bat eighth again in Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants on Wednesday.

Moustakas doubled and homered in Game 6 on Tuesday and he'll hope to come up big in the deciding game of the Fall Classic. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Nori Aoki RF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Jeremy Guthrie will oppose Tim Hudson.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 02:39:00 PM

Mike Moustakas doubled in a run and launched a solo homer in Tuesday's World Series Game 6 win.

Jake Peavy was able to escape a two-out rally by the Royals in the first inning, but things came unraveled in second, as Kansas City plated seven runs to break the game open. Moustakas was in the middle of it, doubling in the first run of the game before eventually coming around to score. He later added a solo blast off of Hunter Strickland, who has surrendered six longballs in 8 1/3 innings this postseason.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 11:38:00 PM

Mike Moustakas will bat eighth in Game 6 of the World Series against the Giants on Tuesday.

It's a slight change by Ned Yost, as Moustakas has batted ninth in his "standard" postseason lineup. Billy Butler and Nori Aoki both return to the lineup now that the Royals are back home under American League rules. The full lineup: Alcides Escobar SS, Aoki CF, Lorenzo Cain CF, Eric Hosmer 1B, Butler DH, Alex Gordon LF, Salvador Perez C, Moustakas 3B, Omar Infante 2B. Yordano Ventura will oppose Jake Peavy.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 02:44:00 PM

Mike Moustakas clobbered a two-run home run off Brian Matusz in the 10th inning on Friday, helping to lead the Royals to an impressive victory over the Orioles in the first game of the ALCS.

It was his lone hit in five at-bats on the night, but proved to be the difference in the ballgame. Moustakas has found his power stroke in October, smashing three long balls and driving home four runs in 19 postseason at-bats. The 26-year-old is arbitration eligible this winter, and a strong showing in the playoffs could help to earn him a nice raise over the $549,000 he took home in 2014.
Sat, Oct 11, 2014 01:10:00 AM

Mike Moustakas blasted his second home run of the American League Division Series on Sunday, helping to propel the Royals to a victory and a three-game sweep over the Angels.

The solo shot off Mike Morin in the fourth inning was his lone hit in the ballgame and increased the Royals lead to 8-2. Though he had a disappointing regular season, the former top prospect has stepped his game up in the postseason, hitting .272 (3-for-11) with a pair of solo shots.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 11:35:00 PM

Mike Moustakas' solo blast in the 11th inning gave the Royals a victory over the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS Thursday.

Moose took reliever Fernando Salas out to right field, depositing the ball in the first row of the stands. He also walked and scored earlier in the contest on an Alcides Escobar RBI double. It was Moustakas' first home run since August 25.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 01:17:00 AM

Mike Moustakas hit his 15th homer of the year Monday to give the Royals their lone run against the Yankees.

Moustakas is 7-for-17 over his last five games, raising his average from .198 to .208. The homer, though, was his first since Aug. 6. He has just three RBI in his last 17 games.
Mon, Aug 25, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Christian Colon
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3B1Mike Moustakas
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
RF1Alex Rios
2Jarrod Dyson
3Paulo Orlando
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Edinson Volquez
5Danny Duffy
6Kris Medlen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Franklin Morales
7Chris Young
8Ryan Madson
9Yohan Pino
10Tim Collins