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Michael C. Moustakas (born September 11 1988 in Chatsworth, California) is a minor league baseball third baseman[1] who was selected by the Kansas City Royals 2nd overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] He is currently on the roster of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

Early life Edit

Mike Moustakas attended Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth, California where he was coached by former minor league player, Chad Redfern. He is also the nephew of former New York Mets hitting coach Tom Robson.

High schoolEdit

Mike "Moose" Moustakas was a four-year starter in baseball for the national powerhouse Chatsworth High School. During that time he helped Chatsworth to a 124-11 record including four West Valley League championships, and two CIF city titles. His 52 career home runs in high school are a California prep state record[3].

Freshman YearEdit

As a freshman on the varsity baseball team in 2004, Moustakas batted .321 and hit nine doubles. In two regular season appearances as a pitcher, Moustakas went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Moustakas' most memorable moment from the season was when he pitched four shutout innings against Kennedy High SchoolTemplate:Dn in the City Section Championship, helping Chatsworth to rally from a seven run deficit to win the game 10-7.[4]

Sophomore YearEdit

Moustakas upped his production incredibly his sophomore season at Chatsworth. He set school records by hitting 12 home runs, adding 51 RBIs, collecting 112 total bases and having a season slugging percentage of 1.000. He also tallied a .482 batting average. Moustakas added a 2-1 record on the mound with a 2.77 ERA. He was named California Sophomore of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports, in addition to being named First Team All-State, First Team All-City, and being named to the Lousiville Slugger All-American team. He was the Player of the year in the West Valley League as well.[4]

Junior YearEdit

As a junior Moustakas batted .427 and broke one of his own records by hitting 14 home runs. He also drove in 47 RBIs and had a .979 slugging percentage. Moustakas was named Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, California Junior of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports, voted First Team All-State, First Team All-City, and was named to the Louisville Slugger All-American team for the second year in a row. He was once again Player of the year in the West Valley League as well.[4]

Senior YearEdit

During his senior year of high school, Moustakas hit 24 home runs in 97 at bats. The home run mark is a single season California prep record. He collected 56 hits in the 97 at bats producing a .577 batting average. Moustakas also added 18 doubles, four triples and compiled 59 RBIs. He only struck out twice on the season. When he wasn't playing shortstop for Chatsworth, he had relief pitching duties. As a closer Moustakas used his 97 mph fastball to strike out 18 of the 37 batters he faced his senior year. Moustakas was named Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, California State Player of the Year by Cal-Hi Sports, First Team All-State, First Team All-City, and was named a Louisville Slugger All-American for the third consecutive year. He was named to the All-USA Baseball Team by USA Today and was named National Player of the Year by Baseball America, he was also once again Player of the Year in the West Valley League.[4]

Moustakas' Baseball Records at Chatsworth H.S.Edit

Season Record Stat Year
Home Runs in a Season 24 2007
RBIs in a Season 59 2007
Doubles in a Season 18 2007
Runs in a Season 51 2007
Career Record Stat Year(s)
Home Runs in a Career 52* 2004-2007
Runs in a Career 172 2004-2007
RBIs in a Career 176 2004-2007
Hits in a Career 178 2004-2007
Doubles in a Career 43 2004-2007
  • Moustakas 52 career home runs are a California prep record[5].

Moustakas' Baseball Accolades at Chatsworth H.S.Edit

Award Year(s)
Cal-Hi Sophomore of the Year 2005
Cal-Hi Junior of the Year 2006
Cal-Hi Player of the Year 2007
West Valley League Player of the Year 2005, 2006, 2007
All-City Selection 2005, 2006, 2007
California All-State Selection 2005, 2006, 2007
Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year 2006, 2007
Louisville Slugger High School All-American[6] 2005, 2006, 2007
Louisville Slugger High School Player of the Year 2007
USA Today All-USA high school baseball team 2007
Baseball America High School Player of the Year 2007

DraftEdit

Moustakas was drafted by the Kansas City Royals with the 2nd overall pick of the 2007 amateur draft. He signed with the team on August 15, 2007, receiving a reported signing bonus of $4 million.[7]

Fellow Chatsworth teammate Matt Dominguez was chosen by the Florida Marlins with the 12th overall pick of the amateur draft.

ProjectionsEdit

Moustakas is widely regarded as one of the top baseball prospects in all of minor league baseball. The Sporting News ranked Moustakas as the 13th best prospect overall[8], while MLB.com listed Moustakas as their 11th best prospect in all of baseball[9]. Moustakas is projected as a future All-Star third baseman, who should compete for home run and RBI titles once he reaches the majors.

Pro careerEdit

2007 (High Rookie) - Moustakas signed late into the 2007 season and was sent to the Kansas City Royals high-rookie class affiliate Idaho Falls Chukars where he hit .293 in 41 at-bats with 10 RBIs, four doubles, and one triple[10].

2008 (A) - Moustakas batted .272 with 22 home runs, 71 RBIs, 25 doubles, and three triples in 496 at bats for the Burlington Bees[11].

2009 (High-A) - Through 87 games, Moustakas has batted .251 with 10 home runs, 53 RBIs, 21 doubles, and one triple for the Wilmington Blue Rocks[12].

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