Tag:Mike Moustakas
Posted on: July 20, 2010 6:06 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 10:26 pm

Angels interested in Royals' Callaspo

With the Cliff Lee blockbuster in the rearview mirror, this trade deadline is looking more and more like a bust. Most of the teams with valuable trade pieces are asking for the moon, meaning we'll get less sexy deals.

Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com has the details on one of those trades in the works -- the Angels' pursuit of the Royals' Alberto Callaspo.

Callaspo, 27, is hitting a respectable .276/.310/.413 with eight homers and 42 RBI in Kansas City and plays second and third base.

The Angels were looking at Adam Dunn, but their farm system is barren. The Royals turned down an offer of pitcher Sean O'Sullivan (covered in Tuesday's fantasy baseball podcast ) and another "fringe prospect" for Callaspo, Saxon writes. To get a player of Dunn's ilk, the Angels would likely have to part with prized outfielder Mike Trout, and they're not going to do that.

Callaspo came through the Angels' system, but was traded to Arizona in 2006 for reliever Jason Bulger. The Royals traded pitcher Billy Buckner to Arizona for Callaspo after the 2007 season.

O'Sullivan was a third-round pick in 2005 and has made 10 starts in the big leagues. He's appeared in four games this season, pitching seven relief innings, and is scheduled to make his first start of the season tonight at Yankee Stadium. He was called up when Scott Kazmir was put on the 15-day disabled list. O'Sullivan is 5-5 with a 4.76 at Triple-A Salt Lake.

The Royals' top third base prospect, Mike Moustakas isn't ready for the majors yet. He just recently was promoted to Triple-A Omaha, where he has just three hits in 20 at-bats in his first five games. Former third baseman of the future Alex Gordon has been moved to the outfield.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 14, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2010 7:14 pm

Three prospects promoted to Triple-A

Dustin Ackley Two heralded prospects have gotten the call to Triple-A, and the majors are not far off for two who hold the distinction of being a No. 2 pick.

The Mariners promoted Dustin Ackley (pictured) to Triple-A after seeing the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft handle Double-A with aplomb. The converted outfielder who is playing second base hit .263/.389/.384 for West Tennessee in 350 at-bats. Don't be fooled by the line, however. The 22-year-old had a David Ortiz-esque April by hitting .147/.289/.227. Since then, he's been one of the better producers for his team.

The Royals promoted their own top infield prospect, Mike Moustakas. A long-time top prospect who had lost some of his luster, the light bulb has turned on for 2007's No. 2 pick. The 21-year-old hit .347/.413/.687 with 21 bombs in 298 plate appearances. The third-baseman figures to man the hot corner for years and could do so beginning in 2011 depending on how his Triple-A experience goes.

The Mariners and Royals may be stumbling in the bigs, but the future is bright for both squads.

UPDATE : The White Sox have promoted their first-round pick of the 2010 draft to Triple-A, furthering belief that Sale could be the first pick of the draft to reach the bigs. The lefty pitched just four innings for Class-A Winston-Salem, whiffing four and walking two in those innings.

-- Evan Brunell

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