Apr 17, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) bats during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Could Mike Moustakas return to Royals soon?

The biggest story surrounding the Royals’ struggles concerns their offensive firepower, or lack thereof.

Fresh, up and coming stars that have been slowly moving in on the ‘household name’ category were expected to break out this year and the Royals were expected to be among the leaders in the American League. That simply hasn’t happened, as the expected production of Alex Gordon, Billy Butler, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas has floundered to start the season, and the Royals find themselves in third place behind the Tigers, who are once again dominating the AL Central.

Moustakas’ struggles were so bad that he was demoted to Triple-A Omaha. The 25-year old third baseman was being relied upon far more for his offensive capability than his defensive prowess at the hot corner, but his bat disappeared, resulting in his being sent out. Moustakas’ initial big league line in 2014 reads like someone who needs help, having hit .152/.223/.320 with four homers and 17 RBI over 40 games.

Since being sent down, however, it appears that ‘Moose’ has found his stroke. Andy McCullough of the Kansas-City Star reports Moustakas’ line since being demoted: .355/.412/.548. He has only played in 8 games for the Storm Chasers, but the Royals could really use that type of production if Moustakas truly has found his swing. The Royals sit last in the American League in runs scored with 211. They also sit in the bottom of the barrel in home runs with 24.

Moustakas has the potential and power to be what the Royals needed him to be at the start of the season. With two-thirds of the season left to go, it’s not too late for “Moose” to make an impact in Kansas City.

Tags: Kansas City Royals

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    Far to early to be talking about bringing Moose back. The problem is, this is the exact same talent that Moose played against during Spring Training. If we want him to come back to the team and be successful, he has to stay more than 8 games in Omaha. If he is brought back any time before mid June, the trip to Omaha would be pointless. He’s supposed to build confidence and figuring out his swing and with the abuse he took at the beginning of the year he’s going to need a lot more time.

    Dale Sveum might be an offensive whisper-er, but we need Moose to come back feeling like he did during Spring Training. Valencia is back and if he struggles then Moose might make an early trip back. But we have to stick to the plan and not rush anything for Moose.

    • jimfetterolf

      What Tyler said.

  • BobbyP

    Maybe Mike is just a really good AAA player .

  • jimfetterolf

    Any ideas of what Moose’s swing looks like, is he showing better pitch recognition, is he driving the ball? Those are things a slash line won’t tell us.

  • Eric

    He is a great minor league player but his game will never translate to mlb.