Daily Futures: Helping the neediest

One KC and one Pittsburgh prospect shine on Tuesday. It's about time.

Updated: May 5, 2010, 7:14 AM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus
Getty ImagesMax Stassi went in the fourth round and got first-round money. Now his bat is catching up, too.

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.

For info on the Pirates' Rudy Owens, the development of Max Stassi for the A's and more, you must be an ESPN Insider.