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Mike Moustakas benched so that he can work on swing

Aug 3, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

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The Royals said Wednesday that Mike Moustakas will get the next two days off so that he can work on an adjustment to a swing that’s produced a .194 average to date.

Moustakas, who was called up nearly two months to replace Wilson Betemit as the Royals’ starting third baseman, has just one homer — that coming in his second big-league game — six doubles and 10 RBI in 155 at-bats.  His .505 OPS ranks seventh worst of everyone with at least 170 plate appearances this season:

1. Reid Brignac (SS Rays): .453
2. Brandon Inge (3B Tigers): .483
3. Chone Figgins (3B Mariners): .484
4. Franklin Gutierrez (OF Mariners): .487
5. Tsuyoshi Nishioka (INF Twins): .492
6. Jeff Mathis (C Angels): .494
7. Moustakas: .505
8. Alberto Gonzalez (INF Padres): .520
9. Brandon Crawford (SS Giants): .536
10. Alex Rios (OF White Sox): .540

Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, still has a very promising future, but it looks like the Royals misjudged his readiness for the majors.  His .284/.347/.498 line for Triple-A Omaha wasn’t really all that impressive all things considered.  Of the 15 players to have at least 100 plate appearances for Omaha this season, seven have posted better OPSs than Moustakas’ .845 mark.  Eric Hosmer, in comparison, hit .439/.525/.582 prior to his callup.

  1. royalsfaninfargo - Aug 3, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    The Moose will be fine. He’s just having some growing pains.

  2. randall351 - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Hopefully it’s not a second coming of the way the Royals handled Alex Gordon, it took 4 years for him to produce like the top pick that he was.
    They should have just left him in AAA for this year.

  3. sportsdrenched - Aug 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Why not just send him back to Omaha?

    I’m not worried about Moose yet. But this isn’t something we would hope for.

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