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Royals call up former No. 2 overall pick Mike Moustakas

Jun 9, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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Figuring they’ve had so much luck with Eric Hosmer, the Royals have decided to try another top prospect, calling up Mike Moustakas after Thursday’s game.

There are a couple of differences here, though. With a .287/.347/.498 line, 10 homers and 44 RBI, Moustakas wasn’t tearing up PCL competition quite like Hosmer did before his promotion. Plus, Moustakas isn’t likely to be an asset defensively and may move to the outfield at some point.

That’s not to say that Moustakas isn’t an excellent prospect. He hit .322/.369/.630 with 36 homers and 124 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last year, and he’s just 22 years old now. He doesn’t quite have Hosmer’s ceiling, but few do.

The Royals wouldn’t call up Moustakas for a bit role, so expect him to supplant Wilson Betemit as the team’s everyday third baseman. What that means for Betemit in the short-term is hard to say. He’s slumped of late, but he’s still been one of the Royals’ better players this year with his .289/.348/.411 line and 23 RBI. Also, turning him into a bench player would wreck his trade value.

A trade does seem assured. Hopefully, it comes soon. There are plenty of NL teams in need of help at third base, and Betemit has earned his opportunity to play regularly.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 9, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Awesome move! Let the youth movement officially begin! 2013 here we come!!

  2. fanchizedotcom - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:43 AM

    I’m really interested in seeing how the Royals are playing in two years from now. Escobar, Gordon, Hosmer and now Moustakas. If they could get some pitching they might actually be relevant in a few years.

  3. sportsdrenched - Jun 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    We need to have a nickname discussion about this. We’ve been calling him MooseTacos, because we’re knuckleheads and don’t want to remember how to spell Moustakas everytime.

    The Orgnaization appears to be calling him Moose. I call him him ‘Tacos.

    Either way, I look forward to the crowd at the K yelling “Mooooooose” and it sounding like “Boooooos” on TV, after he does something spectacular.

  4. randall351 - Jun 10, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    I’m more happy that they sent Aviles down, he is awful. Just because he occasionally hits a home run people think he’s better than Getz, but I’d rather have Getz’s glove and higher OBP than the not so frequent home run that Aviles might have.
    I am a little worried though, because when I checked Omaha’s stats last week, Moose had 10 errors already, which is even worse than what Aviles has done. I remember when Gordon was up playing 3rd and just doing awful in the field, as well as the plate. Hopefully history doesn’t repeat itself.
    It’s hard to be positive as a Royals fan in this day and age, after being burned so many times in the past.
    Here’s to crossing my fingers, again.

    • royalsfaninfargo - Jun 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      Im with you %100. All we can do is hope for the better.

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