We knew them when: Mike Moustakas
One of the best things about covering the Minor Leagues and prospects is that you get to know players before most do and then when you see them accomplish things on the big league stage, it’s a whole lot of fun. Sure, not every prospect we cover makes it, but when they do, there’s a sense of pride, in a way. Over the course of the postseason, I will try to post these little trips down prospect memory lane, starting with the hero of Game 1 of the ALDS for the Kansas City Royals.
Mike Moustakas has certainly had his share of ups and downs in his professional career and he’s coming off a regular season that saw him hit .212/.271/.361. Will his postseason make him forget all that? That remains to be seen, but there’s no question his 11th-inning home run last night to give the Royals a Game 1 victory over the Angels was a big step in that direction, especially given that it was in his own backyard (A Chatsworth High School product).
I’ve crossed paths with Moustakas, the Royals’ first-round pick (No. 2 overall) in the 2007 Draft, on numerous occasions. Here’s a timeline, of sorts, of Moustakas coverage:
- It started with a 2007 Draft Report on Moustakas, who played on the left side of the Chatsworth infield with Astros 3B Matt Dominguez.
- Moustakas was ranked N0. 22 on our Top 50 prospects list in 2008, heading into his first full season.
- He was No. 11 on our Top 50 prospects list before the 2009 season.
- He came in at No. 29 on the update done at the 2009 Trade Deadline.
- There was Futures Game coverage galore on Moustakas, who got to come home to play in the 2010 event in the same park he homered in last night. We brought him in early and had some fun with him at Disneyland:
- He came to FanFest and joined us at the MLB.com set (We’ve upgraded a bit since 2010):
- At the Winter Meetings after that outstanding 2010 season, we caught up with Moustakas as the Winter Meetings in Orlando. He was the Joe Bauman Award Winner for leading the Minors in home runs (He actually was tied with Mark Trumbo, but won the award thanks to the RBI tiebreaker).
- Finally, we caught up with Moose early in 2011, at the Rookie Career Development Program, the January before what would be his rookie season in Kansas City.