The San Diego Padres brought their top prospect up Thursday and the Kansas City Royals made their move on Friday. The Royals have announced they will bring up top prospect Mike Moustakas today. The move will mean that Kansas City’s top picks from 2007 and 2008 will be united in the team’s infield, as Eric Hosmer and Moustakas will man the corner spots for the first time.
Moustakas, who was rated as the No. 23 prospect in all of baseball by Keith Law earlier this year, was the No. 2 pick in the 2007 MLB Draft. He absolutely destroyed Double-A pitching last year, and continued his success after earning a promotion to Triple-A. He finished the season with a .322 average, 36 home runs and 124 RBI. This year Moustakas is off to a solid start, hitting .287 with 10 home runs and 44 RBI.
The 22-year-old has a sweet left-handed swing who most scouts project as a future All-Star.
Moustakas has a great arm at third base but isn’t above average with the glove. He makes up for that with his bat though, and the Royals will be happy to deal with his lack of range because of the offensive payoff.
Expect Moustakas to stick, even if he doesn’t have a smooth transition. The Royals have an absolutely loaded farm system and they want to get these guys playing at the big league level as soon as possible. That attitude has worked out in the case of Hosmer, who is hitting .309 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 32 games.