I knew this would happen. The Kansas City Royals demoted a struggling, frustrated Mike Moustakas on the 22nd, and he’s been raking ever since. Moose is hitting .355 in his eight games and 31 at-bats as a Storm Chaser this year. Time to put up the “WELCOME BACK” banner in the clubhouse, right? Shouldn’t they put him back in the No. 5 spot immediately? No. Please, no.
I won’t argue that Moustakas is looking good in Omaha so far, but I’m arguing that it’s irrelevant until he thoroughly destroys the pitching at that level. He may turn some heads with his effectiveness against right-handed pitching, since KC could feasibly couple this with Danny Valencia‘s success against lefties, as they initially planned, with great success.
If the Royals are still content to roll with two third basemen on the roster, Moose may be a few good weeks away from promotion, but management needs to stay patient this time. He’s already showed a capability of greatness in games that don’t dictate his chances at playing postseason baseball time and time again. KC should only consider bringing him back when he’s red-hot in the minors.
Even at his best, Moustakas is a streaky performer. When he gets hot, no pitch is impossible to square up, but the other side of that coin is the infuriating slump that inevitably follows. Make sure to only unleash him when a quick swing and solid mentality are imminent, and make it clear that only being a great hitter will get him back to the majors. One more promotion and immediate demotion could ruin his morale for good.