Fantasy Baseball: Can Mike Moustakas Break Out in 2012?

Apr 2, 2012


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Mike Moustakas had a decent rookie season, posting a .263-26-5-30-2 line in 338 at bats over 89 games. Although he didn’t get swallowed alive by Major League pitching, he didn’t set himself apart with his .309 on-base percentage, .367 slugging percentage, and .675 OPS.
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The question is can he bust out in 2012 and form a solid 1-2 punch with Eric Hosmer? Despite a slow spring, the signs are pointing in the right direction.
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For starters, he has the pedigree. He handled Triple-A pitching to the tune of .293 batting average, .845 OPS last year and .293, .878 in 2010. He smacked 25 HRs in 448 at bats for ┬áTriple-A Omaha. Not everybody that produces at the Triple-A (and every other level for that matter) lives up to the hype at the big league level, but he hasn’t shown any reason he can’t produce.
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Another encouraging sign was the way Moustakas finished the season. In his first 25 games he hit .228 with a .577 OPS. Clearly he struggled initially with big league pitching. He settled in though, hitting. .276 with a .713 in the remaining 64 games. He was smoking in 22 September games, hitting .352 with a .960 OPS. Four of his five long balls came in September.
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The good thing is he can be had on the cheap. His Mock Draft Central ADP is 222. That put him in the 19th round of 12-team leagues. He is the 13th third baseman to come off the board, behind the likes of Ryan Roberts.
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Is he a worth a look at the latter stages of a fantasy draft? Absolutely. Can this be his break out year? Absolutely.
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