29-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Following suit with the rest of the league, Moustakas went off in the power department last season, besting his previous career-high home-run total by 16. His hard-hit rate actually fell nearly six pe...
Mike Moustakas Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract with the Royals in February of 2016, avoiding arbitration.
Moustakas declined the Royals' qualifying offer and became a free agent Thursday, Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times reports.
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Mike Moustakas: MLB Games Played By Position
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2017 Stat Review for Mike Moustakas As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for Mike Moustakas
2018 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2018 projections compared to top 40 third basemen in 2016 (min 270 PA)
Mike Moustakas: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A torn ACL suffered in a collision with Alex Gordon ended Moustakas' season in May, and served as a critically important blow to the Royals' bid to defend their World Series crown last season. Following a big step forward at the plate in 2015, Moustakas sustained the power increase he had shown (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances a year ago. Additionally, Moustakas continued to utilize the entire field more effectively as a hitter after showing heavy pull tendencies in 2013 and 2014, going to the opposite field at a career-high 30.8 percent clip. With his low strikeout rate, added pop, and improving approach, there's reason to believe that the 2015 numbers are his new baseline. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll be on the field when Cactus League play gets underway in March.
Many players come to spring training saying they are going to change only to fall back into tried and true habits once they break camp. Moustakas was not one of those guys. He talked about wanting to use all parts of the field and making more of an effort to hit the ball to the opposite field when pitched away, and it paid off in spades as he finally had the year we’ve been waiting for. He set career bests in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage a year after he had been demoted to the minors for bad hitting and in a year where he lost his mother to illness. The new approach at the plate helped to cure Moustakas’ ails against lefties that had dominated him the past two seasons, as he hit 100 points higher against them in 2015 than he did from 2013 to 2014. We also have likely not seen his home run ceiling just yet as there is 30 homer upside in his profile.
Moustakas slashed a miserable .212/.271/.361 in 2014, mostly due to his inability to hit left-handed pitching. He had a .554 OPS against southpaws, and collected just eight extra-base hits on them all year. The third baseman struggled immensely early in the year, and a .627 first-half OPS eventually led to a brief demotion to Triple-A Omaha. He returned to the team when Danny Valencia hit the DL with a hand injury, and the Royals confirmed their faith in Moustakas when they shipped Valencia to Toronto in a late-season deal. Despite the slow start, the 26-year-old finished the year strong, connecting for five long balls in the postseason (compared to 15 total during regular-season play). There are other reasons for optimism heading into 2015, as he posted a three-year low in strikeout rate (14.8 percent), and a career-low .220 BABIP suggests some bad luck came into play as well. Moustakas appears to be in line to begin the season as the starting third baseman, but if he hits another prolonged slump, prospect Christian Colon may begin to threaten his playing time.
After breaking out with 20 home runs in 2012, there were lofty expectations for the Royals' young corner man heading into the 2014 season. He spent the offseason altering his approach at the plate, hoping to be more aggressive and hit more line drives and fewer ground balls, but ultimately, he overcompensated and spent the first month of the season hitting weak pop-ups to infielders. It took him to almost the end of June before he fixed his issues and by then his power had diminished to the point where he had just six home runs at the All Star break. Moustakas continued to work and made some slight improvements, but in the end, he finished the season batting just .233 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. The Royals are nowhere near giving up on this 25-year old and will give him ample opportunity to return to his 20-home form from 2012. His struggles from last year will easily keep his 2014 draft position low, so look for him as a corner infielder late and hope that his corrected mechanics do the trick.
While Moustakas' power continued to develop and he reached the 20-home run plateau by season's end, he struggled to maintain a decent batting average and finished the year hitting just .242 with just a .296 on-base percentage. He posted a walk rate just below league average and watched his strikeout rate spike to 20.2 percent as he struggled to make decent contact due to an increased swing rate at pitches outside the zone. There is plenty to love about Moustakas' approach at the plate and because he does not have a high groundball rate, the potential for him to improve his plate discipline and produce a better line drive rate should help his BABIP and eventually, his batting average. The 24-year-old will open the season as the Royals' starting third baseman and should put together a complete season in his third big league season.
Moose spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Omaha waiting patiently, before being called up and spending the rest of the season as the Royals' everyday third baseman. He struggled to adjust at the plate, until September came, when he hit .352/.380/.580 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He possesses an ability to hit for average with plus-power that should develop as he continues to grow as a player. At 23, Moustakas has the potential to help many fantasy owners, just don't count on him reaching the elite of position in his sophomore season as he's still honing his craft as a hitter.
Moustakas' star dimmed a bit after he struggled at High-A in 2009, but he responded with a great half season at Double-A last year and held his own once he advanced to Triple-A. He'll eventually be a candidate for Super Two status if the Royals push him aggressively up to the majors, so look for him to stay stashed away for at least the early months of the 2011 campaign. It would also behoove Kansas City to be sure that 2009 was just an off year and not more indicative of a deeper problem in Moustakas' development, but he'll get a long look at third base during spring training.
"Moose" is a former first-round draft pick (No. 2 overall) with good hitting mechanics. He regressed at the plate last season, striking out 90 times in 492 at-bats. A left-handed hitter who was switched to third base from short, Moustakas must show power and agility to be considered a future third baseman in the Royals' system. He has a wide body with the potential to gain weight and lose fitness if he allows himself to indulge, and he looked out of shape and lethargic in the Arizona Fall League. Moustakas flashes home-run power, but pulls too many pitches and has to learn to use the entire field. He can't afford another marginal season. Even though the Royals have an investment in him, he must show improvement at the plate to be considered for a callup by 2011.
The Royals’ top pick from 2007 struggled out of the gates during his first full professional season, but seemed to figure it out after the All-Star break, hitting .321/.392/.557 with 13 home runs and a 39:26 K:BB ratio over his last 237 at-bats at Low-A Burlington. The only disappointment here is that he did not progress through the system at all, but he could find himself at Double-A Northwest Arkansas at some point in 2009.
The Royals drafted Moustakas out of high school with the second-overall pick, and he responded by holding out until the very last day that prospects could sign. Had agent Scott Boras had his way, Moustakas may be in the 2008 draft, but he signed and played 11 games for the team's rookie ball affiliate. Although the sample size was small, he showed a great bat at Idaho Falls, and could make his way up to Double-A this season. Since Alex Gordon most likely has third base locked up for a while, the Royals plan on moving Moustakas over to short, though he may end up in a different position depending on the time of arrival.