Mike Moustakas, Third Base, Kansas City Royals, #8
Date of Birth: 9/11/1988
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Current Salary: $8,700,000
Mike Moustakas, third baseman for the Kansas City Royals, was drafted by the team in 2007. He played in the Royals' minor league system until June 10, 2011, when he was called up to the major leagues. He played in 89 games with the Royals in 2011.
In February, 2012, Moustakas and the Royals agreed to a one-year contract. In 2012, he batted .242 with 136 hits, 34 doubles, 20 home runs, and 73 RBIs in 149 games. His statistics were not as good in 2013 with 110 hits, 26 doubles, 12 home runs, and a .233 batting average in 136 games.
Moustakas finished the 2014 season with 97 hits, 21 doubles, 15 home runs, 54 RBIs, and a .212 batting average in 140 games. In the postseason, he had 12 hits, 2 doubles, 5 home runs, and 7 RBIs in 52 at-bats in 15 games.
In 2015, Moustakas played in 147 games and he had career highs in hits (156), doubles (34), home runs (22), RBIs (82), and batting average (.284). On September 12th, he hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and he had 9 RBIs. As the Royals' third baseman, he made 257 assists, 112 putouts, and 12 errors in 146 games. In postseason play, he batted .215 with 14 hits, including a double and a home run, and 8 RBIs in 65 at-bats in 16 games.
Moustakas spent most of the 2016 season on the DL, first with a fractured thumb and then with a knee injury from a collision in foul territory with Alex Gordon on May 22nd. He played in just 27 games with the Royals.
Career batting statistics for Moustakas through 2016 include:
- 688 games played
- 613 hits
- 139 doubles
- 81 home runs
- 294 RBIs
- 421 strikeouts to 180 walks
- .247 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Moustakas at third base through 2016 include:
- 682 games played
- 1,229 assists
- 113 double plays
- 539 putouts
- 75 errors
- .959 fielding percentage
Moustakas' uncle, Tom Robson, played for the Texas Rangers in 1974 and 1975.
Moustakas and his wife Stephanie were married in January, 2014.