2007 Draft: Royals Choose Mike Moustakas

And, picking second in the First-Year Player Draft, the Kansas City Royals choose….

         Mike Moustakas, shortstop, Chatsworth, Calif.

Moustakas, 6-0 and 185, is a left-handed hitter who is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 5 prospect. He projects as a corner infielder.

More on Moustakas from Baseball America: No premium draft pick had a better season than Moustakas, who had one of the great careers in California high school history. The nephew of former Mets hitting coach Tom Robson, Moustakas tightened up his body between his junior and senior seasons, stepping up his conditioning as he healed completely from a hairline ankle fracture sustained during a scrimmage football game as a high school junior. He was the starting quarterback at Chatsworth as a freshman and has a bazooka for an arm–his fastball sat in the low 90s early in the year in relief roles and hit 97 mph in April. His power arm isn’t his best tool though, as Moustakas’ quiet, quick hands, polished approach and strength at the plate produce light-tower power and a smooth swing he repeats easily. Earlier in the year, scouts wondered about his defensive position–he’s Chatsworth’s shortstop but will move immediately as a pro. Most believe third base would be the first natural spot and others dreamed of his arm behind the plate, but most agree now that it doesn’t matter. His bat will play at any spot, even first base, though it would be a shame to waste that arm there. The only complicating factor was his commitment to Southern California–he and Robert Stock would become an unrivaled pair of two-way players– and representation by Scott Boras. The combination clouds his signability, but not his impressive ability.

Batted .549 (45-82) with four doubles, four triples, 20 homers and 49 RBI last season.

….the pick follows Tampa Bay’s selection of lefty David Price.

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