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Friday, July 7, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL STATUS REPORT: MIKE MOUSTAKAS 3B KANSAS CITY ROYALS

It was a day for the third baseman on Thursday as the NL and AL Final Five All-Star game fan voting results were announced.  Not only did Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner win for the NL, he was joined by AL counterpart Mike Moustakas of the K.C. Royals.  The latter won the Final Five vote for the second time in his career and he was more than deserving of even being selected as part of the original roster as he is currently in the midst of a huge power season.  Going into Friday's games, Moustakas is blowing past his previous hitting rates almost across the board as evidenced by these numbers:

25 HR
54 RBI
44 R
0 SB
.275

Looking at those numbers, the power jumps off the page and we are now fully seeing why Moustakas was the number 2 pick overall in the 2007 draft.  Anyone who has owned Moustakas in the past since he arrived in 2011, it hasn't always been smooth sailing.  Moustakas really struggled to find consistency with his swing early on in his career as he put forth some ugly average such as the .242 (2012), .233 (2013), and .212 (2014) marks that seemed to suggest Moustakas was more a Quad-A player than a prime MLB slugger his draft spot would indicate.  While he did hit .284 to engender some optimism in 2015, Moustakas went backwards again last season as he sank to .240 in an injury-marred campaign.  It also wasn't like Moustakas was lighting up the power either as he previous high in homers was a modest 22.  So as a result, Moustakas was largely ignored in 2017 fantasy baseballl having even gone undrafted in many leagues.

Needless to say, those who drafted Moustakas got the last laugh as he already has a career-best 25 homers and has a shot at an unbelievable 40.  The .275 average is an improvement but a lucky .258 BABIP is at least a bit of concern.  Be that as it may, Moustakas has supplied some tremendous value to those who saw past his previous struggles and there is no reason things can't continue to be positive here.  While we wouldn't put Moustakas as a top tier guy or even a second tier third baseman, he no doubt is a firm everyday bat at a position that continues to grow with immense production.


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