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8 Mike Moustakas 3B
Height/Weight: 6-0/211 | Birthdate: 9/11/1988 | Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $524,500 | Owned/Started%: 89/75 | Average Draft Position: 249.34
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Royals' Moustakas, Perez batting better than .340 vs. Quintana


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and catcher Salvador Perez have good track records against White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana, who will be on the mound for Friday's AL Central showdown.

Moustakas is batting .345 (10 for 29) with two doubles, two home runs, three RBI, two walks and seven strikeouts in his career against the left-hander, while Perez is batting .364 (12 for 33) with one triple, two home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, two walks and five strikeouts.

Both players are also doing well against lefties in 2015. Moustakas, who bats left-handed, is batting .355 (11 for 31) with one home run, three doubles and three RBI against lefties, while Perez -- who bats right-handed -- is batting .296 (8 for 27) with one double, one home run and five RBI.


Royals' Mike Moustakas breaks through with HR, go-ahead RBI hit


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/22/2015) Mike Moustakas hit two-run homer in the fourth inning and then delivered the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth to help lift the Royals over the Twins on Tuesday.

"You almost want to stand up on this table and yell, 'I told you so!'" Royals manager Ned Yost said referring to his decision to sick with the struggling third baseman. "But I'm not. I'm not an I-told-you-so kind of guy." 

Moustakas was 2 for his last 16 entering Tuesday's game.


Royals' Mike Moustakas cools off slightly


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas cooled off at the plate over the weekend. He's hitless in his last nine at bats and has dropped to a .304 average, after entering Friday at .382. 

Moustakas has two home runs and two RBI this season, but none of either since April 11. 


Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez homer for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez both hit fourth-inning home runs in the Royals' 6-4 win over the Angels.

Moustakas hit a solo shot as part of a five-run fourth-inning rally. He went two for four on the day with a walk and his first stolen base of the year. The home run was his second on the season, and he's now hitting .353. 

Perez hit a two-run homer later in the inning. He went two for four on the day. On the season, he has two home runs, six RBI and is hitting .421.


Royals' Mike Moustakas learning to hit over infield shift


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was crippled by the infield shift in 2014, reducing him to a .212 hitter. But since Kansas City's postseason run, Moustakas has opted to hit the ball over the shift, which resulted in a franchise-record five postseason homers and one through three games this season.

"I think back to when I was in the minors, I used to use all fields to some degree," Moustakas said, per MLB.com. "Then when I got up here, I started to feel like I had to pull everything. I was definitely a dead-pull hitter.

"But now I feel like I'm going back to the hitter I used to be, someone who can drive the ball the other way. The shift has definitely made me more of a complete hitter."


Royals' Mike Moustakas hits first opposite-field homer of his career


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hit the first opposite-field homer of his career in a 10-1 Opening Day win over the White Sox. 

The first 52 homers of Moustakas' career were to center or right field, but he hit Jeff Samardzija's 1-1 pitch to left-center in the fifth inning for a solo home run.

"I know I hit some the other way in the Minors," Moustakas said. "But it felt pretty good. I didn't know it was out, but was happy when it did."

Moustakas went two for three with a walk and two runs scored.  


Yost: Mike Moustakas likely two-hole batter for Royals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will likely start the season as the team's second hitter in the batting order, Ned Yost indicated on Saturday.

Yost didn't confirm the decision, but he made it clear that Moustakas will be the likely two-hole hitter, per the Kansas City Star.

Moustakas is hitting .315 in spring games for the Royals


Royals' Mike Moustakas plans to bunt more to beat infield shifts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas said Tuesday he plans on bunting more this year to beat infield shifts, according to MLB.com.

According to The Bill James Handbook, teams used the infield shift during 70.7 percent of Moustakas' at-bats in 2014, which was the 10th-highest percentage in the majors. Moustakas hit just .179 on grounders and short liners against the shift.

"So I just have to adapt and if that means laying down more bunts, going the other way, I'll do it," he said. "It's something I never felt comfortable doing. I was always told just to swing the bat. Now, with the way the game has changed, you have to try other ways to get on base. I'm sure [first-base coach] Rusty [Kuntz] and I will be in the cage a lot working on bunting."


Mike Moustakas, Royals reach $2.64 million settlement


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) Mike Moustakas settled with the Royals at $2.64 million, slightly above the midpoint, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Tuesday. The third baseman will also receive a $10,000 bonus for 550 plate appearances. He filed for $3.1 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $1.85 million, prior to the settlement.

Moustakas hit .212/.271/.361 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 500 plate appearances last season.


Royals, Mike Moustakas exchange arbitration figures


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has filed for $3.1 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $1.85 million, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

Moustakas is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He hit .212/.271/.361 with 15 home runs and 54 RBI in 457 at-bats last season.


Royals 3B Mike Moustakas homers in Game 6 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/28/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 with a double, a home run and two RBI in his team's 10-0 skewering of the Giants in Game 6 of the World Series Tuesday.

Moustakas kicked off a seven-run second inning by driving home a run with a double. He then capped off the offensive explosion with a solo blast in the seventh inning. It was Moustakas' fifth postseason home run, but he's been very quiet over the past two weeks, collecting just three hits in 23 at-bats over his previous seven games before delivering a big performance Tuesday. The two teams both head into Wednesday's Game 7 needing just one more win to take home a title.


Royals' Mike Moustakas adds insurance runs Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals infielder Mike Moustakas came up with a big hit late Friday.

Moustakas stepped to the plate with a man on base in the 10th inning, and blasted a two-run homer. The Royals had already taken a one-run lead on an Alex Gordon home run earlier in the frame, but Moustakas’ hit gave the team some breathing room in the bottom of the inning. Moustakas finished 1 for 5, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Mike Moustakas' go-ahead HR lifts Royals past Angels in extras


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas came up big with the go-ahead home run to lift his team past the Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday.

Moustakas took Fernando Salas deep for a solo home run to lead off the 11th inning. It was his first home run since Aug. 25. Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in a 3-2 victory.


Mike Moustakas provides lone Royals offense with 15th home run


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 1 for 3 with a solo home run in his team's 8-1 loss to the Yankees Monday.

After the Yankees scored the first run of the game in the top of the third inning, Moustakas answered with his blast in the bottom half of the inning. It would be the last sign of life from the Royals offense in the game. Moustakas has hit .208/.268/.389 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 355 at-bats.


Mike Moustakas homers, drives in four Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 4-3 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Moustakas put his team up 2-0 with a two-run home run in the second inning then broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth with an RBI single. His RBI on a groundout in the ninth inning gave the Royals a key insurance run they ended up needing. Moustakas has hit .195/.260/.391 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 297 at-bats.


Royals not planning to have 'strict platoon' at third base


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was on the bench Sunday against the Athletics for the first time in 12 games in favor of Christian Colon. Manager Ned Yost explained Tuesday to MLB Network on how he plans to handle the playing time at third base moving forward.

"It's not a strict platoon," Yost said. "Right now, we're just looking for ways to improve the offense and score more runs."


Mike Moustakas hits Mendoza Line with homer Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has pretty much struggled against every team but the Indians this season. He slugged his sixth home run against their AL Central rival in 2014 on Friday, a solo blast in the second inning.

Moustakas is now on a season-high five-game hitting streak to raise his batting average to .200 for the first time this year. He is 7 for 18 during that stretch.


Mike Moustakas homers twice on Greek Heritage Night


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas finally had a night to talk about Tuesday against the White Sox, homering twice in a 7-1 win. Coincidentally, it came on the same night the White Sox were hosting Greek Heritage Night at the ballpark.

"Oh, I knew," Moustakas said of the promotion. "I was telling everybody that today was my day. It just ended up working out that way."

Moustakas finished 3 for 5 with three RBI. He hit a solo home run off Scott Carroll leading off the second inning and a two-run homer off Eric Surkamp in the eighth inning. 

He is batting .286 (14 for 49) with four home runs and 10 RBI in his last 15 games.

"He's starting to swing the bat pretty good," manager Ned Yost said of Moustakas. "We've seen him in spurts, it doesn't matter who's pitching. When he's right, he's putting good swings on the ball.

"Tonight he was really seeing the ball good, he was in a good position to hit and he was really driving the ball."


Mike Moustakas taking a seat Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) The brief surge by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas upon his promotion has ended and another slump has replaced it, leading to his benching Sunday against Boston. Danny Valencia is set to start in that spot.

Moustakas has just three hits in his last 26 at-bats to lower his average to .186.


Mike Moustakas returns following two-game absence


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas returned to the lineup Friday against the Tigers, after missing two straight games due to an illness. Moustakas is batting sixth and playing third base in his return. 

Alex Gordon, Mike Moustakas sidelined again Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2014) Royals outfielder Alex Gordon (wrist) and third baseman Mike Moustakas (illness) were both held out of the starting lineup Thursday vs. Detroit. It was the second straight game both players were unable to start.

Mike Moustakas out with illness


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rays, due to a stomach virus that has been going around the team.

Teammate Jason Vargas had to be taken to a hospital Wednesday, but there is no indication Moustakas' issue is that severe. He is currently day to day. 


Mike Moustakas finally figuring things out?


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/7/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas owns a five-game hitting streak entering Monday night's contest at Tampa Bay, a stretch that includes solo homers each of the past two games. Moustakas is 7 for 17 with two walks in the streak, with six RBI and five runs scored.

He's still only hitting .195/.259/.385 over 221 at-bats.


Mike Moustakas riding pine Saturday in Cleveland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) A matchup against Indians left-hander T.J. House has Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas out of the Saturday lineup in favor of Danny Valencia.

Moustakas, who slugged a three-run homer Friday night and has six hits in his last 15 at-bats, is 5 for 33 against southpaws this season.


Mike Moustakas to face most right-handers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/22/2014) With Royals manager Ned Yost saying third baseman Danny Valencia will start against most lefties, Mike Moustakas figures to start against right-handers going forward. Moustakas has four homers over his past 11 games.