Mike Moustakas

Mike Moustakas

35-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
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2024 Fantasy Outlook
Moustakas opened 2023 with the Rockies but was traded to the Angels in June, and he finished with a .247/.293/.392 slash line and 12 homers in 112 games between the two clubs. The veteran infielder had a solid 105 wRC+ for the Reds in 2020, but the past three seasons have been ugly with a 75 wRC+, and his defense has also suffered. Moustakas landed with the White Sox on a minor-league deal and has a decent chance of earning a roster spot, but he's unlikely to receive significant at-bats and is even less likely to become fantasy relevant. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the White Sox in February of 2024. Released by the White Sox in March of 2024.
Let go by White Sox
3BFree Agent  
March 22, 2024
The White Sox released Moustakas on Friday, Vinnie Duber of AllCHGO.com reports.
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Moustakas joined the White Sox on a minor-league contract Feb. 14 after spending 2023 with both the Rockies and Angels. He didn't show much production during spring training as he slashed .195/.283/.317 with one home home run and two RBI over 41 at bats. Moustakas will look to catch onto another team's roster.
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Since 2022vs Left .552 142 11 1 11 0 .215 .275 .277
Since 2022vs Right .697 529 62 18 62 2 .238 .299 .399
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2023vs Right .721 310 37 11 40 0 .254 .303 .418
2022vs Left .562 66 5 0 3 0 .207 .303 .259
2022vs Right .663 219 25 7 22 2 .216 .292 .371
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2023Away .668 182 19 2 12 0 .277 .324 .343
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2022Away .707 152 16 5 16 1 .248 .296 .411
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Playing time inconsistent
3BColorado Rockies  
May 26, 2023
Moustakas has made five starts in 10 games since C.J. Cron went down with a back injury in mid-May.
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Moustakas seemed like the obvious fill-in option at first base after Cron suffered his injury, but Michael Toglia has split reps at the position with the veteran instead. Moustakas' .705 OPS this year isn't particularly inspiring, though it could be enough to warrant a larger role since Toglia has a .457 mark. Cron doesn't have a clear return timeline, per Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com, so first base is likely to remain an open competition.
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Moustakas' season began with an April IL visit for a biceps strain, then ended prematurely with a calf issue. In between, he missed time with multiple trips to the COVID-19 IL. Moustakas posted his second straight below average campaign, mimicking his 2021 season in terms of final numbers. However, the pathways were different as last season, his splits were closer as opposed to 2021 when he handled righthanders much better than southpaws. Moustakas fanned at a career-worst 26.2% clip, offsetting his highest BABIP since 2015. Despite a career high 50% fly ball rate, Moustakas .131 ISO was his lowest since his rookie season. The Reds are on the hook for $18 million, but that didn't prevent the team from cutting him loose during the offseason. Moustakas should be able to latch on somewhere given he'll only cost his new team the major-league minimum, but he shouldn't have high expectations.
The 2021 campaign was essentially a lost season for Moustakas. He spent time on the injured list early on with a non-COVID illness before going down with a right heel contusion. There were setbacks during his recovery and Moose ended up missing close to three months, only to make another trip to the IL to end the year with right plantar fasciitis. Moustakas is eligible at third base -- suddenly the thinnest position outside of catcher -- and he can also play first base capably. Now 33 years old, Moustakas can still do damage against right-handed pitching. However, he went 3-for-35 against left-handed pitching in his limited time on the field last season and found himself in a platoon role, where he seems likely to remain given his .705 career OPS against southpaws. The Reds are rumored to be looking to move Moustakas and the final two years of his contract. The addition of the DH in the National League improves his playing-time outlook only somewhat.
Moustakas missed a quarter of the season (16 games) between a quad strain, bruised foot and a non-COVID illness. When he was in the lineup his .230/.331/.468 line was commensurate with his career numbers, but short of expectations given that Moustakas was moving into a better hitting ballpark. When reviewing Moustakas's season, realize that between the shortened season and his multiple absences, he had only 105 batted balls, less than 25 percent of what he'd normally have in a given season. While we don't know yet what form the 2021 season will take, it will probably be closer to the form of a full season, and thus more likely to hew to a conventional line of stats. Like so many other bats in the Reds lineup, however, you can safely expect Moustakas to provide some power and on-base skills, at the expense of average and speed.
After signing one-year contracts in back-to-back years, Moustakas was finally able to land that elusive multi-year deal, which the Reds handed him coming off a season in which he posted the best ISO, BB% and OPS of his nine-year career. The power output wasn't totally a product of the short porch in right field at Miller Park, as he posted a markedly better OPS away (.920) than at home (.765) and hit 21 of his HR on the road. Moustakas provides almost no speed with 18 career steals, but his power should remain steady in a home ballpark that rates even more favorable for HR than his last. Moustakas spent most of last season at 3B, but he opened the campaign at 2B and held his own, so the Reds will slot him in there to kick off the 2020 campaign. He hit lefties better than righties last season, so expect him to slide into an everyday role with his new club and occupy a spot in the middle of the batting order.
After spending the first 11 seasons of his professional career in the Royals' organization, Moustakas was traded to the Brewers at last year's trade deadline. Milwaukee moved Travis Shaw to second base to accommodate Moustakas, and he served as the team's regular third baseman the rest of the way. Moustakas' batting average fell right in line with his career mark, but he set a new career high for RBI in a season and just missed hitting the 30-home-run plateau. Moustakas makes enough contact to overcome a low walk rate, though this will be his age-30 season, and most of his rate stats did fall off quite a bit last year. A free agent at press time, he figures to be signed to start somewhere, but if his pop continues to fall off, his fantasy value will do the same.
Following suit with the rest of the league, Moustakas went off in the power department last season, besting his previous career-high home-run total by 16. His hard-hit rate actually fell nearly six percentage points to 31.9 percent, but Moustakas got the ball in the air more often -- his flyball rate jumped from 39.6 percent to 45.7 percent -- and that was the driving force behind the homer spike. He was also a far more aggressive hitter, upping his Swing% from 42.1 percent to 55.6 percent, and while that led to a precipitous drop in walk rate, the new approach proved beneficial on the whole. The 29-year-old improved against same-handed pitching, batting .270/.296/.467 against lefties (.241/.291/.396 for career) and kept his contact rate over 80 percent. It may very well prove to be his career year, and the return to Kansas City is not ideal from a fantasy standpoint, but Moustakas does enough to warrant a starting spot in all mixed leagues.
A torn ACL suffered in a collision with Alex Gordon ended Moustakas' season in May, and served as a critically important blow to the Royals' bid to defend their World Series crown last season. Following a big step forward at the plate in 2015, Moustakas sustained the power increase he had shown (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances a year ago. Additionally, Moustakas continued to utilize the entire field more effectively as a hitter after showing heavy pull tendencies in 2013 and 2014, going to the opposite field at a career-high 30.8 percent clip. With his low strikeout rate, added pop, and improving approach, there's reason to believe that the 2015 numbers are his new baseline. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll be on the field when Cactus League play gets underway in March.
Many players come to spring training saying they are going to change only to fall back into tried and true habits once they break camp. Moustakas was not one of those guys. He talked about wanting to use all parts of the field and making more of an effort to hit the ball to the opposite field when pitched away, and it paid off in spades as he finally had the year we’ve been waiting for. He set career bests in batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage a year after he had been demoted to the minors for bad hitting and in a year where he lost his mother to illness. The new approach at the plate helped to cure Moustakas’ ails against lefties that had dominated him the past two seasons, as he hit 100 points higher against them in 2015 than he did from 2013 to 2014. We also have likely not seen his home run ceiling just yet as there is 30 homer upside in his profile.
Moustakas slashed a miserable .212/.271/.361 in 2014, mostly due to his inability to hit left-handed pitching. He had a .554 OPS against southpaws, and collected just eight extra-base hits on them all year. The third baseman struggled immensely early in the year, and a .627 first-half OPS eventually led to a brief demotion to Triple-A Omaha. He returned to the team when Danny Valencia hit the DL with a hand injury, and the Royals confirmed their faith in Moustakas when they shipped Valencia to Toronto in a late-season deal. Despite the slow start, the 26-year-old finished the year strong, connecting for five long balls in the postseason (compared to 15 total during regular-season play). There are other reasons for optimism heading into 2015, as he posted a three-year low in strikeout rate (14.8 percent), and a career-low .220 BABIP suggests some bad luck came into play as well. Moustakas appears to be in line to begin the season as the starting third baseman, but if he hits another prolonged slump, prospect Christian Colon may begin to threaten his playing time.
After breaking out with 20 home runs in 2012, there were lofty expectations for the Royals' young corner man heading into the 2014 season. He spent the offseason altering his approach at the plate, hoping to be more aggressive and hit more line drives and fewer ground balls, but ultimately, he overcompensated and spent the first month of the season hitting weak pop-ups to infielders. It took him to almost the end of June before he fixed his issues and by then his power had diminished to the point where he had just six home runs at the All Star break. Moustakas continued to work and made some slight improvements, but in the end, he finished the season batting just .233 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. The Royals are nowhere near giving up on this 25-year old and will give him ample opportunity to return to his 20-home form from 2012. His struggles from last year will easily keep his 2014 draft position low, so look for him as a corner infielder late and hope that his corrected mechanics do the trick.
While Moustakas' power continued to develop and he reached the 20-home run plateau by season's end, he struggled to maintain a decent batting average and finished the year hitting just .242 with just a .296 on-base percentage. He posted a walk rate just below league average and watched his strikeout rate spike to 20.2 percent as he struggled to make decent contact due to an increased swing rate at pitches outside the zone. There is plenty to love about Moustakas' approach at the plate and because he does not have a high groundball rate, the potential for him to improve his plate discipline and produce a better line drive rate should help his BABIP and eventually, his batting average. The 24-year-old will open the season as the Royals' starting third baseman and should put together a complete season in his third big league season.
Moose spent the first two months of the season at Triple-A Omaha waiting patiently, before being called up and spending the rest of the season as the Royals' everyday third baseman. He struggled to adjust at the plate, until September came, when he hit .352/.380/.580 with four home runs and 12 RBI. He possesses an ability to hit for average with plus-power that should develop as he continues to grow as a player. At 23, Moustakas has the potential to help many fantasy owners, just don't count on him reaching the elite of position in his sophomore season as he's still honing his craft as a hitter.
Moustakas' star dimmed a bit after he struggled at High-A in 2009, but he responded with a great half season at Double-A last year and held his own once he advanced to Triple-A. He'll eventually be a candidate for Super Two status if the Royals push him aggressively up to the majors, so look for him to stay stashed away for at least the early months of the 2011 campaign. It would also behoove Kansas City to be sure that 2009 was just an off year and not more indicative of a deeper problem in Moustakas' development, but he'll get a long look at third base during spring training.
"Moose" is a former first-round draft pick (No. 2 overall) with good hitting mechanics. He regressed at the plate last season, striking out 90 times in 492 at-bats. A left-handed hitter who was switched to third base from short, Moustakas must show power and agility to be considered a future third baseman in the Royals' system. He has a wide body with the potential to gain weight and lose fitness if he allows himself to indulge, and he looked out of shape and lethargic in the Arizona Fall League. Moustakas flashes home-run power, but pulls too many pitches and has to learn to use the entire field. He can't afford another marginal season. Even though the Royals have an investment in him, he must show improvement at the plate to be considered for a callup by 2011.
The Royals’ top pick from 2007 struggled out of the gates during his first full professional season, but seemed to figure it out after the All-Star break, hitting .321/.392/.557 with 13 home runs and a 39:26 K:BB ratio over his last 237 at-bats at Low-A Burlington. The only disappointment here is that he did not progress through the system at all, but he could find himself at Double-A Northwest Arkansas at some point in 2009.
The Royals drafted Moustakas out of high school with the second-overall pick, and he responded by holding out until the very last day that prospects could sign. Had agent Scott Boras had his way, Moustakas may be in the 2008 draft, but he signed and played 11 games for the team's rookie ball affiliate. Although the sample size was small, he showed a great bat at Idaho Falls, and could make his way up to Double-A this season. Since Alex Gordon most likely has third base locked up for a while, the Royals plan on moving Moustakas over to short, though he may end up in a different position depending on the time of arrival.
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Has path to Opening Day roster
3BChicago White Sox  
March 20, 2024
Moustakas is competing with Gavin Sheets for the final roster spot with the White Sox, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Invited to White Sox' camp
3BChicago White Sox  
February 14, 2024
Moustakas signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox on Wednesday and received an invitation to major-league spring training.
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On bench versus lefty
3BLos Angeles Angels  
September 29, 2023
Moustakas is out of the lineup Friday versus the Athletics.
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Not starting Tuesday
3BLos Angeles Angels  
September 26, 2023
Moustakas isn't in the Angels' lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Activated from IL
3BLos Angeles Angels  
September 24, 2023
The Angels reinstated Moustakas (forearm) from the 10-day injured list Sunday.
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