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...