Moose was rated the #9 prospect in minor league baseball by Baseball America this off-season. Moustakas was hitting .287/.347/.498 at AAA Omaha. He now joins fellow franchise cornerstone Eric Hosmer.
Moustakas, taken second overall in the 2007 Draft has been considered one of baseball's top hitting prospects for the last few years. 2010 was a big comeback season for Moose, who rallied from BA's #80 prospect to, as mentioned, the #9 prospect, on the heels of a combined .322/.369/.630 season at AA & AAA. A recent scouting report of Moustakas had this to say:
Compared to when I've seen him in the past, he was more selective at the plate, but still showed the compact-but-powerful swing that makes him very dangerous. Although he's not as thick around the waist and legs as he looked in 2009, he's still slow and I don't think his body is going to age well. The bat will be excellent though and is nearly major league ready in my view.
The Royals have optioned Mike Aviles to Omaha, deciding instead to keep Betemit, who will never play and has no position. So now the roster officially makes no sense. In that sense. So with our side of Moose we're also served all you can eat Escobar and Getz.