The Kansas City Royals have tried a few different third basemen in the years since Joe Randa left. Mark Teahen and Alex Gordon were both originally third basemen and at times looked like long-term solutions. More recently the Royals have platooned players such as Mike Aviles and Wilson Betemit, but finally seem to have a full-time solution. This part of an ongoing series looks at that solution and the possible replacements if need be.
Mike Moustakas – Moustakas came up in mid-2011 and after a slow start his bat started to heat up in September. This year he acquitted himself well and showed some real power when pulling the ball. He also displayed an absolutely dazzling glove at third base and should be a candidate for a gold glove if not this year then in the future. Should be the Royals everyday third baseman for years to come.
Irving Falu – Falu was also on the list as a possible backup at second base and in fact he features occasionally at all infield positions bar first. He played more games at third than any other single position at Triple-A this season, however, and took over in the last part of the season for the Royals when Moustakas was shut down early.
Tony Abreu – Once again in much the same boat as Falu, but Abreu is more of a middle infielder. (He was usually at shortstop in AAA this year.) However if Falu is unavailable for some reason then Abreu could easily cover the gap.
Kevin Kouzmanoff – Kouzmanoff spent all of 2012 in the Royals minor league organisation, but finished the year at AA and is not under contract for 2013. If he remains in the organisation, however, he is an option to be the backup to Falu or Abreu if Moustakas were to go on the DL.
Anthony Seratelli – Very much a longshot, but Seratelli finished the year playing third base at Triple-A and could fill in if there were an utter emergency at the major league level.