Moustakas named winner of Joe Bauman Home Run Award by Minor League Baseball

Kansas City third base prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the Minor League Baseball Joe Bauman Home Run Award winner for the 2010 season. 

Moustakas tied for the minor league lead with Angels’ prospect Mark Trumbo with a combined 36 home runs for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA).  By virtue of a 124-122 advantage in RBI for the season, Moustakas won the first tiebreaker over Trumbo.  He will receive the Joe Bauman Trophy and a check for $7,200, representing $200 for each home run hit, at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Fla., on December 6.

The Royals first-round pick (second overall) in 2007 combined to hit .322 (156-for-484) with 41 doubles, 124 RBI and 94 runs scored, posting a slugging percentage of .630.  His RBI total was the second-most in all of minor league baseball.

The 21-year old Northridge, Calif., resident has accumulated several other honors throughout the 2010 season, including being named the Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year and a Baseball America 2010 first-team Minor League All-Star.  He will represent Team USA at the Pan American Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico in October.  Moustakas was also selected as the Royals’ George Brett Minor League Hitter of the Year and the Texas League Player of the Year.  Moustakas was also honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.

Former Royals’ farmhand Craig Brazell won the Joe Bauman Award in 2007, combining to hit 39 home runs for Wichita (AA) and Omaha (AAA).  The award was established in 2002.

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