Coming into 2012, the Royals Mike Moustakas was a trendy sleeper pick in fantasy drafts. "Moose Tacos," a variation on Moustakas that I can’t get enough of, had all the makings of the next great star as an above average, power-hitting third baseman smack in the middle of a young and talented
As we all know, fantasy doesn’t always become reality, as is the case with the 2012 version of Moustakas. I wouldn’t blame you for not noticing the 23-year old for the better part of the last two months. Since the All-Star break, he’s hitting a pedestrian .217/.266/.350 with just 4 home runs and 16 RBI. Prior to the break, he was hitting .268/.327/.490 with 15 home runs and 47 RBI.
That’s all led to being the 21st ranked third baseman on ESPN’s Player Rater, behind the likes of Chipper Jones, Marco Scutaro, Mike Aviles and Kyle Seager.
The lack of stolen bases, in this case, 3, figures heavily into ESPN’s Player Rater, but seeing Moustakas ranked behind Scutaro and Seager is still disappointing for fantasy owners that counted on him being a permanent fixture at the hot corner.
A closer look at Moustakas after the jump: