Sleeper Report: Breakouts
Mike Moustakas – 3B – Royals
The big-time prospect did little in 2011 to make believers out of him in the fantasy world, but their is hope for 23-year-old Moustakas. He still has the ability to be the .300, 30 home run hitter every fantasy owner wants at third base, but he did struggle in his rookie debut to show he had that ability, and many owners will stray away from him in the 2012 draft.
The second-overall-pick in the 2007 draft batted .290 in AAA Omaha between 2010 and 2011 and hit 25 home runs with his 547 at bats in that time. He got the call midway in the 2011 season and was handed the starting job at third base for the Royals. He did very little to excite fantasy owners batting just .263 with a mere five home runs with 338 at bats.
So where is the hope? Well, it was his rookie season, so patients is needed here. Furthermore, Moustakas played his best ball at the end of the season in September when he batted .358 with four home runs. This was the Moustakas we had all been waiting for.
With a young improving Royal offense (Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon, Billy Butler and Salvador Pérez) Moustakas could be in for his much awaited breakout season. While .300 and 30 home runs are a bit lofty aspirations, around .290 and 20 home runs should be attainable.