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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: 4 | Salary: $524,500 | Owned/Started%: 58/31 | Average Draft Position: 181.76
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Mike Moustakas finally goes deep


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas showed a flash of life Wednesday, as he hit his first home run of the season in a 6-4 win over the Astros. Moustakas entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the 8th inning and came up with the game-winning hit in the 11th inning, with his first home run.

Moustakes is still hitting just .119/.213/.238 in 42 at-bats, so hopefully his first homer can at least get him going. 


Royals manager continues to back Mike Moustakas


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost continues to express confidence in third baseman Mike Moustakas, despite another slow start from the 25-year-old infielder. 

"His head was flying off the ball early in the season," Yost told MLB Network Radio Tuesday. "His approach is much better. He is seeing over five pitches per at-bat. 

"He's just pressing a little bit and trying to do too much out of the gate. He had a tremendous spring and wanted to start well."


Mike Moustakas not worried about early slump


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) After a stellar spring at the plate, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas hasn't been able to carry that momentum into the regular season. He is 0 for 15 through four games and got his first day off Sunday against the White Sox.

Royals manager Ned Yost said a mental break could be beneficial for Moustakas, who hit .429 with four home runs, seven doubles and 18 RBI in 24 spring games.

"He’s pressing a little bit," Yost said, per The Kansas City Star. "But not nearly as much as he did last year. He’s going to be OK. And that’s just signs of maturity."

Despite the early slump, Moustakas isn't worried.

"It’s 15 at-bats," Moustakas said. "Over the course of 600 at-bats, you’re going to go 0 for 15, 0-for-whatever. I mean, I didn’t expect it to happen right out of the gate. But that’s something that is going to happen. It’s happening right now."


Manager preaching patience with slumping pair


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Ned Yost is espousing patience in regard to Royals slumping third baseman Mike Moustakas and shortstop Alcides Escobar, who are a combined 0 for 23 to start the season. He believes in giving players at least 100 plate appearances before making judgments.

"These are all guys that have been there before," Yost told the Kansas City Star. "Not everybody starts off on fire. At the end of the year, these guys' numbers are all going to be about what they should be, what we think they're going to be."

Moustakas has been particularly disappointing after a fine spring. He is coming off a disastrous 2013 season in which he batted just .233 with a .287 on-base percentage. He hit just 12 home runs with 42 RBI in 472 at-bats.


Danny Valencia might replace Mike Moustakas vs. lefties


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) Royals manager Ned Yost said Danny Valencia could be in the starting lineup at third base on the days a left-handed starter is on the hill. However, manager Ned Yost wanted to stress it wasn't because of starting third baseman Mike Moustakas' struggles against left-handed pitchers.

"It's not because I don't think Moose can't hit a tough lefty. It's more trying to keep Danny sharp than it is worrying about Moose hitting against a lefty," Yost said, per MLB.com.


Royals announce opening day lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) The Royals released their lineup for opening day against the Tigers. Right fielder Norichika Aoki will hit leadoff, and he will be followed by second baseman Omar Infante, first baseman Eric Hosmer, DH Billy Butler, left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez, third baseman Mike Moustakas, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and shortstop Alcides Escobar.

Mike Moustakas smacks fourth spring homer Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas added to his fantastic spring numbers by going 3 for 3 with a double and his fourth home run in his team's 3-1 win over the A's Wednesday.

Moustakas as a fair case to be labeled the hottest hitter in the league this spring, as the 3-for-3 performance lifts his line to .500/.581/1.077 with four home runs and 13 RBI through 26 at-bats.


Mike Moustakas hits third homer of spring Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas continued his impressive spring hitting by going 2 for 4 with his third home run of the spring and four RBI in his team's 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

"I hit a fastball on the inner half," Moustakas told MLB.com after the game. "It was a good pitch, I wasn't trying to do too much and I was able to drive it out of the ballpark. But we're not looking for results right now, we're just looking for the process."

Moustakas has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the first week of spring action, going 7 for 15 with three home runs and 10 RBI in six games.


Mike Moustakas working on all fields approach


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is working on hitting to all fields, according to the Kansas City Star.

Moustakas worked with Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol in the winter leagues. He took about 300 swings per day. The goal for Moustakas was to try and get rid of his pull-oriented approach at the plate. "That’s where I got into trouble last year, trying to pull everything," Moustakas said. Moustakas said when he got too pull-happy, his mechanics started to breakdown. Moustakas hit .233/.287/.364 in 472 at-bats. 


Royals upbeat about Mike Moustakas' productive offseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas had a productive offseason playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for a team managed by hitting coach Pedro Grifol. Moustakas hit .288 with a .360 on-base percentage, .515 slugging percentage, .875 OPS, three home runs, six doubles and 17 RBI in 17 games.

The Royals were particularly pleased he got to face left-handed pitching during the offseason after he hit just .196 against lefties in 2013.

"I think the biggest positive that came out of it was on a nightly basis, he was facing left-handed pitching," assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told MLB.com. "Every time the lineup turns over in the back third of a winter ballgame, it's usually matchups, so he was getting the chance to face a lot of left-handers. Certainly, if there were guys on base, they were bringing in left-handers to face him, and I think that certainly helped him."

The Royals were also happy Moustakas got to work with Grifol on a regular basis.

"I think Moose is going to be prepared for this year, and he's already down in Arizona and is starting his workouts with Pedro and the staff that's down there now," Picollo said.


Royals will not platoon Mike Moustakas


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2014) The Royals have no plans to platoon third baseman Mike Moustakas, according to the Kansas City Star.

There was some speculation the team would use newly-signed Danny Valencia against left-handers, but that's not the case. "Mike Moustakas is our everyday third baseman," general manager Dayton Moore said. He added that the Valencia signed merely provides depth. Moustakas struggled last season at the plate, but worked on his swing with Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol during winter ball.


Mike Moustakas to play winter ball


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas will play winter ball, according to Sirius XM.

Moustakas will head to Venezuela for six weeks, according to manager Ned Yost. Moustakas struggled this season, hitting just .233/.287/.364 in 472 at-bats. 


Mike Moustakas sitting against lefties


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/16/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Indians and left-hander Scott Kazmir. Jamey Carroll started in his place. It's the third straight game Moustakas has sat against a lefty. The Royals have faced only three lefties in their last 14 games.

Moustakas is batting .200 with a .557 OPS against lefties this season.


Mike Moustakas sitting Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Mariners.

Moustakas will be replaced by Jamey Carroll at third. In 400 at-bats, Moustakas is hitting .238/.291/.365. 


Mike Moustakas collects two hits in return


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went 2 for 4 with a double in his return to the lineup Friday as the Royals lost to the Blue Jays, 3-2. Moustakas, who was out this week with strep throat, has hit .244/.300/.275 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 381 at-bats.

Mike Moustakas back in lineup Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is back in the team's starting lineup Friday as planned, hitting sixth against the Blue Jays. He has been out since Monday due to strep throat.

Moustakas has hit .241/.298/.371 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 377 at-bats.


Mike Moustakas aiming to play Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is aiming to return to the team's lineup Friday, according to the Kansas City Star

Moustakas has been out since Monday with strep throat. Prior to Thursday's game, Moustakas indicated he was feeling better. The tentative plan is for Moustakas to start Friday against the Blue Jays. 

Moustakas is hitting .241/.298/.371 in 377 at-bats. 


Mike Moustakas out Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday against the Twins. 

Moustakas is dealing with strep throat, and will be replaced by Emilio Bonifacio at third. Moustakas is hitting .241 in 377 at-bats. He's aiming to return Friday.


Mike Moustakas feeling better for Royals


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) The Royals got third baseman Mike Moustakas back with the team Wednesday, FOX Sports reports. Moustakas said he's feeling a little better after battling strep throat. 

Moustakas, who isn't starting Wednesday against Minnesota, said he is available to pinch-hit, if needed.

The slugger is batting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 34 RBI. That said, he's gone 17 for 48 (.354) over his last 14 contests with eight runs driven in. 


Mike Moustakas battling strep throat


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is battling a case of strep throat, the Kansas City Star reports Tuesday. He's likely going to miss a few games. 

Moustakas, considered day to day, is batting .241 on the year with 10 homers and 34 runs driven in. That said, he's gone 17 for 48 (.354) over his last 14 contests with eight RBI. 


Mike Moustakas drives in run in return


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas returned from a calf issue Wednesday in a loss to the White Sox. He provided one of the two runs the team scored in the defeat.

Moustakas went 0 for 2 with a walk and a sacrifice fly RBI. He struck out twice and is batting .235 on the year.

Moustakas hasn't been able to sustain any kind of offensive consistency this season. He has 10 homers and 31 RBI over 362 at-bats for the Royals.

Mike Moustakas starts for second time in nine games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas started Wednesday against the Tigers for just the second time in nine games because of a nagging calf injury. Moustakas is batting .371 (13 for 35) with one home run, two doubles and five RBI in his last 10 games.

'Tough lefty' will keep hurt Mike Moustakas on bench


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2013) Royals manager Ned Yost told MLB Network Tuesday third baseman Mike Moustakas is not 100 percent recovered from his calf injury.

"He was able to play on Saturday, but he's at about 75-80 percent," Yosat said. "(We) got a tough lefty in (John) Danks (Tuesday), so we'll sit him one more day."


Mike Moustakas' had planned off day Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas had a planned day off Sunday.

Moustakas is dealing with a calf injury, but was able to return Saturday. The team is trying to be cautious with Moustakas, and will limit his playing time initially. He did not suffer a setback.

Moustakas is hitting .236/.293/.369 in 360 at-bats. 


Mike Moustakas out of Sunday's lineup


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2013) Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against Detroit, MLB.com reports.

Moustakas played six innings in Saturday's game as the Royals attempt to ease him back from a calf injury. He may need regular rest for the immediate future as the injury heals.