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Mike Moustakas | Third Baseman

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/11/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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

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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

Mike Moustakas went 2-for-4 with a double against the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

The Moose is loose in Arizona. He went 5-for-13 (.385) with a double and a homer during Kansas City's three-game sweep of the Snakes. That's great and all, but he came into the series 2-for-23 (.087) in the seven games before that. Moustakas -- slashing a poor .199/.263/.395 -- retains intriguing potential, but he's yet to learn how to put it together consistently.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 12:27:00 AM

Mike Moustakas led the Royals to a 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI.

We need games like this to remind us of Moustakas' considerable offensive potential. Unfortunately, the third baseman disappears for long stretches between games like this. He hit three homers between July 22-25, but had gone 3-for-28 (.107) in eight games since then. Moustakas, coming off his best month of the season with five homers, 13 RBI, and 12 runs, now has 14 longballs overall to go along with 45 RBI.
Thu, Aug 7, 2014 12:53:00 AM

Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in the Royals' 7-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday.

When it rains, it pours for Moustakas -- he'd hit just two home runs since June 21 and he hadn't driven in a run in his past eight games prior to Tuesday's outburst. The homers give Moustakas 12 home runs on the season to go with a .198/.262/.391 line. Games like Tuesday's remind of his potential, but the third baseman is just too inconsistent to be relied upon in fantasy realms.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014 12:31:00 AM

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.
Sun, Jul 6, 2014 04:08:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 10:34:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2Alex Liddi
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
2Orlando Calixte
3Ryan Jackson
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Christian Colon
3Ryan Roberts
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
3Mitch Maier
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
4Paulo Orlando
5Reymond Fuentes
RF1Alex Rios
2Jorge Bonifacio
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yordano Ventura
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Danny Duffy
5Edinson Volquez
6Kris Medlen
7Yohan Pino
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Luke Hochevar
6Tim Collins
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Michael Mariot
10Jandel Gustave
11Joe Paterson
12Ryan Madson
13Franklin Morales
14Joe Blanton