"I hit a fastball on the inner half," Moustakas told MLB.com after the game. "It was a good pitch, I wasn't trying to do too much and I was able to drive it out of the ballpark. But we're not looking for results right now, we're just looking for the process."
Moustakas has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the first week of spring action, going 7 for 15 with three home runs and 10 RBI in six games.
Moustakas worked with Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol in the winter leagues. He took about 300 swings per day. The goal for Moustakas was to try and get rid of his pull-oriented approach at the plate. "That’s where I got into trouble last year, trying to pull everything," Moustakas said. Moustakas said when he got too pull-happy, his mechanics started to breakdown. Moustakas hit .233/.287/.364 in 472 at-bats.
The Royals were particularly pleased he got to face left-handed pitching during the offseason after he hit just .196 against lefties in 2013.
"I think the biggest positive that came out of it was on a nightly basis, he was facing left-handed pitching," assistant general manager J.J. Picollo told MLB.com. "Every time the lineup turns over in the back third of a winter ballgame, it's usually matchups, so he was getting the chance to face a lot of left-handers. Certainly, if there were guys on base, they were bringing in left-handers to face him, and I think that certainly helped him."
The Royals were also happy Moustakas got to work with Grifol on a regular basis.
"I think Moose is going to be prepared for this year, and he's already down in Arizona and is starting his workouts with Pedro and the staff that's down there now," Picollo said.
There was some speculation the team would use newly-signed Danny Valencia against left-handers, but that's not the case. "Mike Moustakas is our everyday third baseman," general manager Dayton Moore said. He added that the Valencia signed merely provides depth. Moustakas struggled last season at the plate, but worked on his swing with Royals hitting coach Pedro Grifol during winter ball.
Moustakas will head to Venezuela for six weeks, according to manager Ned Yost. Moustakas struggled this season, hitting just .233/.287/.364 in 472 at-bats.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/29/2013 vs Chi. White Sox|
|vs Chi. White Sox||53||12||1||.288||.321||.226|
|vs Rienzo (Career)||2||0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||66||259||58||90||25||0||21||76||26||42||0||1||.413||.687||.347|
|2011||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||55||223||38||64||15||1||10||44||19||44||1||1||.347||.498||.287|