We are getting to the point in the spring that the numbers start to slowly mean something. Of course it still isn’t the regular season but the Kansas City Royals are still pleased with what they see. Of the good things going on for the Royals, one very promising story this spring is third baseman Mike Moustakas. After a good second season last year, he appears to be ready for a breakout campaign in 2013.
The starting third baseman for the Royals all of last season, Moustakas showed what he is capable of with 20 homers and 70 RBI. His average was still in the mid .200 range however which is lower than what he displayed in the minors. Some might be wondering if he is one of those guys that can’t hit as well in the big leagues as he does in the minor leagues but I have an answer for that question. No, he isn’t.
This spring has seen a monstrous output by Moustakas. He is batting .460 with a .820 slugging percentage. That includes four homers and 11 RBI. As the starting pitchers go further into ballgames and really get their good pitches going, Moustakas has not stopped hitting. It has been one of those springs where the baseball looks like it’s the size of a basketball for the man affectionately called “Mouse” by his teammates. Whether his biggest year will be this season or a couple of years down the road, Moustakas’ next big step forward will happen in 2013.