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Royals demote Mike Moustakas to Triple-A

May 22, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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One week ago Royals manager Ned Yost said he was sticking with third baseman Mike Moutakas despite a ghastly .147 batting average. Today the Royals demoted Moustakas to Triple-A.

In between then and now Moustakas went 3-for-16 (.188) with two doubles in six games, which apparently convinced the Royals they’ve seen enough struggles from the 25-year-old former top prospect and No. 2 overall pick.

Moustakas has certainly earned the demotion. In addition to this year’s struggles he’s hit just .236 with a .669 OPS in 414 career games, posting an ugly 284/105 K/BB ratio while showing zero signs of improvement. It’s just noteworthy that Yost came out so strongly in favor of sticking with Moustakas only to see the team demote him exactly one week later.

Last time Moustakas was at Triple-A he was a 22-year-old top prospect in 2011 and he hit .287 with an .845 OPS in 55 games before the Royals called him up. However, even then his 44/19 K/BB ratio was a red flag.

And now the Royals’ primary third baseman is 29-year-old journeyman Danny Valencia.

  1. randall351 - May 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    This might be the best sign that it won’t actually be business as usual for the Royals and DMGM.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Moustakas, Middlebrooks, Olt all AAAA players, shame

    • jerze2387 - May 22, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      To be fair, Olt and Middlebrooks at least have some Pop (Olt is liiking like a mark reynolds/both corners infield version of Adam Dunn type)

      Moustakas is more AAA player than AAAA. Low on power AND average. Organizational depth

  3. sportsdrenched - May 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Wait, Really? They actually did it?

    Maybe the front office is coming to it’s senses after all.

  4. Tyree Studio - May 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Dyson and Aaron Crow can feel free to join him if they’d like…

  5. blabidibla - May 22, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Change of scenery time.

  6. barrywhererufrom - May 22, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    When you see a story like this with a can’t miss prospect struggling it makes you realize once again how hard it is to have a successful career in the major leagues..good luck moose hope you turn it around..

  7. dinofrank60 - May 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Sometimes you get too comfortable in the major leagues and don’t realize that you haven’t made it all the way.

  8. paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    A 44/19 K/BB ratio should not be a red flag at all.

    For non-pitchers, the walk rate in MLB is 8.35% and the K rate is 19.91%, meaning that, on average MLB hitters strike out 2.38 times for every time they walk.

    • neoshweaty - May 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      Isn’t that not the case for elite prospects though? Sure, that K/BB ratio works in the majors but I feel like teams like to see more strike zone control for players meant to demolish competition in the minors. IIRC Moose was always projected to be a big time talent in the majors so he should have had better numbers than that in the minors.

      • paperlions - May 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

        Depends on the root of the skill base.

        Even elite prospects with crazy good bat control K more often than they walk in the minors. Taveras only Ks 10-12% of the time in the minors, but that is still twice as often as he walks. Everyone loves Bryant, he is walking 11% of the time and striking out 28% of the time this year. Rare is the prospect that walks about as often as he Ks, even in the minors.

  9. vols84 - May 22, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    He’s done in KC. Watch him go to STL and rip the cover off the ball.

  10. wallyruss58 - May 23, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Tyree youre an idiot.

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