2014, Bounceback Year for Mike Moustakas
The 2013 season was a year to forget for Mike Moustakas. Batting below .240 AVG, smashing less than 15 HRs, and hit 42 RBIs in 136 games. Mike also had the lowest fielding percentage of his career last season. Ending 2013 with a .953% FLD Pct. The righty fielder and lefty hitter just had one of those years to forget on both the offensive and defensive sides of the diamond.
No question, Moustakas does know that he needs to stop his progressively downward stats for his time in the bigs. Being selected 2nd overall in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft does come with some expectations. This year will be the season that the ROyals start to see a positive return on their investment.
The Royals added a few key pieces to their team which I touched upon in my earlier articles. Omar Infante and Norichika Aoki will both be in the starting lineup on Opening Day. Aoki solidifies the leadoff spot and Infante gives a consistent bat to the KC lineup.
Both of those pieces will help Moustakas focus on just playing. I feel that the hype was getting to be a bit much on the 25 year-old from Chatsworth, CA.
Something to keep in mind is that Mike is arbitration eligible at the end of this season. To date he has MLB Service Time of 2.111 and needs just 61 games to let Scott Boras do his work this offseason.
I’m projecting Moustakas to hit for approximately a .265 AVG, hit 18 HRs, and knock in 60 RBIs. More would be great, but it would a nice step in the right direction for him and a positive sign for all.
2014 Is going to be a year for Moustakas and the Royals to remember for his performance on the field.