A torn ACL suffered in a collision with Alex Gordon ended Mike Moustakas' season in May, and served as a critically important blow to the Royals' bid to defend their World Series crown last season. Following a big step forward at the plate in 2015, Moustakas sustained the power increase he had shown (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances a year ago. Additionally, Moustakas continued to utilize the entire field more effectively as a hitter after showing heavy pull tendencies in 2013 and 2014, going to the opposite field at a career-high 30.8 percent clip. With his low strikeout rate, added pop, and improving approach, there's reason to believe that the 2015 numbers are his new baseline. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll be on the field when Cactus League play gets underway in March.
Moustakas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Padres in Cactus League play. With four homers already this spring, Moustakas looks to have retained the power he displayed early last season before suffering a torn ACL, but he's displayed little in the way of plate discipline. He's struck out in a quarter of his at-bats and has walked just three times, resulting in an uninspiring .250 on-base percentage. Moustakas' career .303 mark in that category carries more weight than his spring number, but it nonetheless illustrates the lesser value he carries in OBP leagues.
Moustakas (knee) is expected to make his Cactus League debut at third base Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Moustakas, who underwent ACL surgery last July, has been eased back into team workouts this spring and now will finally get his shot on the field. He appeared in just 27 games last season, hitting seven home runs before suffering his season-ending injury. Manager Ned Yost has reiterated that Moustakas will be completely ready by Opening Day, and Tuesday seems to be a major step in that process.
Moustakas (knee) has been participating in spring training workouts. Heading into spring training, Moustakas said that he felt as though he was nearing full health after tearing his ACL early in the 2016 campaign. He'd indicated that the club was going to gradually ease him back over the course of their early workouts, but all signs point to the 28-year-old third baseman being ready for action once Opening Day rolls around.
Moustakas said Friday that his knee is "almost 100 percent," Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports. Now nearly eight months removed from undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL, Moustakas seems confident that he's close to a full recovery. However, he did acknowledge that he will likely be put on a slower schedule than is normal during spring training. Moustakas was walking more, striking out less and hitting for more power than ever before (.260 ISO, up from .186 in 2015) before going down with the injury.
Royals manager Ned Yost said that Moustakas will be "100 percent ready to go" when the season starts as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The knee injury was preceded by a thumb ailment, and Moustakas was on the field for just 27 games in 2016. One particularly encouraging sign last season was that he sustained the power increase he showed in 2015 (.470 SLG, 22 homers) with seven long balls and a .500 slugging percentage in his 113 plate appearances. A detailed timetable for Moustakas' return hasn't been revealed, but he's on track for Opening Day, which suggests that he'll likely be able to accumulate spring training at-bats in Arizona in March.