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Thank Goodness Mike Moustakas Is Hitting

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May 21, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA;  Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) rounds the bases on his 2 run home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE
May 21, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) rounds the bases on his 2 run home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Can you imagine if Mike Moustakas wasn't hitting? Aside from what it would mean for the Royals' offense, think about what it would mean for our psyche. Because here's how the young Royal up and coming hitters of the future stars of tomorrow are performing or have performed: horribly. Basically we have Moose hitting, non-prospect Jarrod Dyson kinda getting on base enough, and garbage.

Moose has posted a .295/.351/.525 line in 151 PAs, with 7 HRs and 11 2Bs. To my eye, this essentially looks like his peak. Maybe someday there will be a little more power or maybe some year he'll have a really high batting average, but this is seems close. Not hatin'. Just sayin' that he's probably not going to become a perennial .600 SLG guy, simply because those guys are extremely rare.

But other than Moose... ugh...

  • For the zillionth time, Hosmer. But you know about this and I'm not even going to post his line.
  • Then we have Cain, who barely played (17 PAs) and hit .133 (all singles) and that was it. Not really much to go on, but the hideous batting line keeps staring back at us because he's disappeared to DL land.
  • He's followed by our sometimes DH, Johnny Giavotella, who is starting to become annoying. The impossible has been achieved, I truly love Chris Getz! In 26 forgettable PAs, Gio has hit .208/.269/.250.

Of course, there is Irving Falu, who has hit .419/.419/.581 in 33 PAs. So his unsustainable excellence can sustain us.

The other young hitter of note is a guy who I have singularly stopped following for good or bad, Alcides Escobar. In around two months he's posted an above average OPS, which I never thought possible, hitting .301/.342/.418. So maybe things aren't so bad after all.