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Royals are sticking with Mike Moustakas and his .147 batting average

May 14, 2014, 12:16 PM EST

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Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas is hitting .147 through 32 games, leading to speculation that he could be demoted back to the minors, but manager Ned Yost made it very clear yesterday that won’t be happening.

“I’m not doing it,” Yost told Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. “Simple as that. I’m not really discussing it. He’s going to stay here right now.”

General manager Dayton Moore was slightly less extreme in his support of Moustakas, suggesting that a change could be made eventually, and at the very least it sounds like Danny Valencia will continue to eat into Moustakas’ playing time at third base.

Moustakas is a 25-year-old former No. 2 overall pick and was once a top prospect, so that helps explain why the Royals are showing so much patience with him. But every season he has a big spring training to get everyone excited and then fails to produce when the games matter. He’s a career .237 hitter with a .670 OPS and horrendous 280/103 K/BB ratio in 408 career games and has shown no real signs of improvement.

  1. ereed1286 - May 14, 2014 at 12:26 PM

    It would be nice to have the Royals atleast competitive for once (I know they were last year), but I feel bad for them having Ned Yost at the helm. I just don’t get that guy.

  2. chacochicken - May 14, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    That is going to look good on his resume.
    Continued to deploy Mike Moustakas despite near total ineffectiveness
    Loves intentional walks
    Sac bunts: yes, please

  3. TheMorningStar - May 14, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Wow, a 3B hitting poorer than Middlebrooks?? Is that possible?

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 14, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Mike Olt nods and tips his hat

      • TheMorningStar - May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        I stand corrected. Olt’s numbers…ugh, that is bad.

      • tuberippin - May 15, 2014 at 1:18 AM

        So much for being the 3B of the future. Good thing Kris Bryant is the next man up.

        Olt seems like he’s doing his best Jack Cust impression out there.

  4. classicfinder - May 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    The Royals are also sticking with being a bad team. Hey, if it works, don’t fix it, right?

    • royalsblues - May 14, 2014 at 6:37 PM

      The Royals certainly aren’t World Series contenders. I’ll give you that. However, they finished 10 games over .500 last year and are one game over .500 right now. How exactly do you define sticking with being a bad team?

  5. sportsdrenched - May 14, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    And just to troll us naysayers he has 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s already today. I’m sure Ned will make some snarky comment about it in post game.

  6. sjs86 - May 14, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    You can’t fall in love with what a guy did or is projected to do. You play the guys that are producing now. Donald is down in AAA, WHY? One of the best stats out of spring training, can play virtually anywhere, but they don’t even give him a chance. So, what does a guy like Jason Donald have to do to get an opportunity? Or, is Kansas City one of those organizations that will live and die by unproductive ball players….

  7. straightouttavtown - May 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

    This is why you don’t give jobs to hot shot prospects without bringing in competition. Sign Kevin Youkilis. Sign Josh Fields. Sign Dallas McPherson. I don’t care. They can’t be worse than Moustakas.

  8. bkool37 - May 15, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Well this was written before yesterday’s game where he did hit 2 doubles against a righty. I still think the issue is that how you do you evaluate a younger player when you are platooning them. They can’t afford to give him opportunities against lefties when they have Valencia. Triple A would give him that. However until Infante is 100% this is a mute point.

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