There are few (or zero) organizations with a crop of more exciting prospects than the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ Major League roster now features seven of their pre-2011 top prospects according to John Sickels, and even more youngsters should be ready by 2012. The standout amongst the seven so far has been first baseman Eric Hosmer, who has posted a .281/.333/.444 line with 10 homeruns, 47 RBI, 34 runs, and 5 stolen bases in 352 plate appearances. As well as Hosmer has adjusted to Major League pitching, the equally-touted Mike Moustakas can’t seem to find any inkling of success.
Moustakas, the 22 year-old third baseman, has struggled mightily with the bat, hitting just a .195/.253/.252 line with 1 homerun, 11 RBI, and 11 runs in 176 plate appearances. While a few key peripherals, like his unlucky .221 BABIP and awesome 85% contact rate, could point to future, greener pastures, Moose’s abysmal 6.8 BB% might be a major hurdle for fulfilling his elite expectations. His inability to take a walk isn’t anything new, however. Continue reading