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A Positive Change Of Environment


Mike Moustakas, 3B, Kansas City Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas)

Tuesday's stats: 3-for-5, 2B, HR (5), R, 3 RBI, BB, K

The second overall pick in the 2007 draft, Moustakas never put up monster numbers, but both of Kansas City's A-ball affiliates are in environments that strongly favor pitchers. It took nearly three years for him to finally play in a friendly place. An oblique strain delayed his 2010 season, but he's quickly making up for lost time -- batting .417/.491/.917 in 12 games while amassing 44 total bases and driving in 16. He's finally looking like the player who earned a $4 million bonus, and with Alex Gordon and his position changes at Triple-A out of the way, his path to the big leagues is suddenly clear.