Originally written on The Viril View: On the KC Royals  |  Last updated 11/13/14
by John Viril— Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas is finally heating up. After a horrid .152/.222/.197 start to 2013, Moustakas has hit .380 with 4 walks, 2 doubles and 1 HR in 25 plate appearances since April 28. More importantly, he’s solved his problem with infield popups. Moustakas hasn’t hit an infield fly ball since April 27. The bottom line is he’s making solid contact at the plate. On April 23, Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters that Moustakas front foot was “drifting” on his swing, causing Moustakas to get in front of the ball. Apparently, the mechanical problem, and Moustakas’ effort to correct the flaw, wasn’t just coach-speak. The balls ringing off Moustakas’ bat are far more eloquent than any words. Now that Mike Moustakas has addressed his popup problem, we might begin to see benefits from his increased patience at the plate. Moustakas has improved both his walk and strikeout rates in his first 100 PAs this season. So far, Moustakas has accumulated 10 walks (10.0% BB rate) and only 11 strikeouts (11.0% K rate). Both are a considerable improvement over his career numbers (6.6% BB rate and 17.6% K rate). Since both K rate and BB rate “stabilize” after 100 PAs, we can now project gains in both statistics over his career norms. Maybe, just maybe, Moose will display the power bat he showed when he won the 2010 Joe Bauman Home Run Award for hitting the most home runs in the minor leagues that season (36). Coming into the season, most pundits expected that both Mike Moustakas and 1B Eric Hosmer would have to realize their potential for the Royals to win in 2013. Kansas City currently stands 17-10 after Sunday’s 6-5 comeback victory against the White Sox, without either of their two former hot prospects hitting the ball with authority. Mike Moustakas solving his popup problem is a hopeful sign for both the offense and the team’s prospects this season. The post Mike Moustakas is finally Hitting appeared first on On the KC Royals: The Viril View.
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