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22 May

Mike Moustakas Optioned and a New Contributor!

Published by Ryan Landreth

Because this is the first post on Around the Diamond that isn’t by the blog’s creator, let me introduce myself. My name is Ryan Landreth, and I’m a sophomore multimedia student at MidAmerica Nazarene University. I met Sarah through Twitter, and for the last two years, we’ve entertained each other with our rants about life, liberty and the Kansas City Royals. My main projects include podcasts covering the NFL and college basketball, so while those sports are in the offseason, I needed something to do. Sarah agreed to let me write with her on this site, and while I’m no Sam Mellinger, I think Royals fans will enjoy my accurate but frequently dramatic and sometimes borderline abusive opinions on our boys in blue.

For my first blog entry, I was handed a particularly intriguing story. If any one word describes the Royals front office over the course of my lifetime, it’s “inept”. They will quite often wait too long to make a move that everybody sees as right (see the eventual DFA’s of Jeff Franceour and Chris Getz). Today, though, when I woke up and checked my phone, I came across news that shocked me. The Kansas City Royals had optioned 3B Mike ‘I don’t watch film’ Moustakas to the Royals AAA affiliate in Omaha, finally putting their foot down in a season with a “absolutely must win now” philosophy. Wow! The Royals made the right move and it wasn’t a year overdue (kind of). Say it ain’t so, Dayton!

Most Royals fans had been calling for ‘Moose’ to be sent down for awhile now, and rightfully so. Moustakas’ stat line through 139 plate appearances in 2014: .152/.223/.320, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 26 SO. Through 1,498 career at-bats, he’s hitting .236. There have been bright spots, such as him belting 20 home runs in 2012 and his strikeout rate dramatically lowering in each of the last three seasons, but there’s no question that this was a move that had to be made. I came across a stat the other day about how there are 144 players to receive at least 1500 PA’s since the start of 2011, and Mike Moustakas is dead last in OBP. I still think that he can be a solid third baseman with yearly stat lines of .255/.325 with 20+ home runs and 80+ RBI’s, but there is no question that the timing is right for him to go to Omaha and get him fixed. As good as he was in spring training, I do have confidence that the ‘Moose’ will be loose at Kauffman Stadium sometime in the near future.

As far as the other details of the roster move, 3B Jimmy Padres will replace Moustakas on the big-league roster before Friday’s game against the Angles. A decision will be made Friday on the status of 2B Omar Infante, who is eligible to come off the DL after being out since May 7 with a back injury. When he eventually rejoins the Royals, the corresponding move will likely be involving one of the catchers - Brett Hayes (please?) or Francisco Pena.

The Royals clearly still have problems. They can’t hit home runs, the front office makes way too many excuses, and the entire team save for James Shields and Billy Butler are wildly inconsistent. Dayton Moore has been telling us (to my disgust), the pieces are there – and that’s true. It’s taking awhile, but maybe one day…maybe…we’ll see the whole team blossom and succeed in a display of unity. However, if it’s going to happen, they need Mike Moustakas, and he needs Omaha right now.

Follow me on Twitter at @ryan_landreth, though I can get a little hyped up during games. I love James Shields. I don’t like Brett Hayes or Dayton Moore. I’m new with this, so feedback is appreciated. #BeRoyalKC

Comment on this post

Janet 05/24/2014 09:44

Actually Hayes is a quality player. He is making contact with the ball and his strike out percentage is very low. With facing the challenges of not playing on a daily basis, he is doing well. No he doesn't have a hit, but he is at least making contact. One of these days it will all click. Backup catchers aren't known for a strong bat, they are known for their defense and knowledge of the pitching staff/game in general. Hayes is a strong defensive catcher and is delivering a strong performance behind the plate. Calling yourself a fan and knowledgeable in the game is humorous.

Sarah Davis 05/24/2014 18:09

http://aroundthediamond.over-blog.com/2014/05/hitless-hayes.html

Ryan Landreth 05/24/2014 17:30

"Strong performance from behind the plate"
That's not really true. Since 2011, Hayes has thrown out just seven of 34 would-be base stealers, and a .207% CS rate is not good. He played well defensively in the Baltimore game when Duffy flirted with a perfecto, but I certainly wouldn't say he's a "good defensive player".

As far as offense, his 0-for-26 speaks for itself. You have to be a special kind of inept to almost make a whole perfect game by yourself. An OBP of 0 is an even bigger problem. Your statement that he is "not a strong offensive player" is very generous.

I'd love to see what we have in Francisco Pena - he cannot be worse offensively and he currently has a CS rate of 100%. Hayes is potentially the third best catcher on the roster, and there is no reason to carry three catchers.

Janet 05/23/2014 03:53

Reasons for not liking Moore or Hayes?

Sarah Davis 05/23/2014 16:37

Because Dayton Moore is a terrible GM. Brett Hayes is a terrible player.

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