Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is entering the 2013 season with big expectations after a solid 2012 campaign. Moustakas hit .242/.296/.412 in his age 23 season in 2012 with 20 home runs and 73 RBI. This season, Moustakas is expected to take the next step and lock down the hot corner for the Royals for many years to come.
Moustakas is part of a group of young players that led Sports Illustrated to run a story based in the future that talked about the Royals being defending World Series champions, something that hasn’t happened since 1985. Now, with Eric Hosmer at first base and Moustakas at third, Royals fans have something to look forward to heading into the 2013 season.
Moustakas was expected to take giant strides last season. That didn’t happen, however. What he did do was flash some power and played his position fairly well. His 15 errors were right in the middle of all qualified third baseman. Now, the expectations have been tempered a little but they are still looming over Moustakas as he enters 2013.
Moustakas was drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft so there is no doubt that he entered pro baseball with high expectations. The expectations have never been higher than they are heading into 2013. Moustakas’ power has never been an issue as he hit 34 doubles to go along with his 20 home runs. However, he will need to show a lot more patience at the plate and stop expanding the zone for pitchers, chasing pitches low and away. He had a lot of trouble handling some breaking pitches, hitting just .179 on curveballs and .196 against changeups.
Moustakas will be expected to make adjustments this season. I think this is the season Moustakas makes those strides and begins to show Royals fans that he is the future at third base.