The Kansas City Royals have some time ago given up on Alex Gordon becoming the next George Brett. After moving to the outfield and going back to Triple-A, Gordon is now just trying to re-establish himself as an everyday player five years after being the No. 2 pick in the draft.
The Royals have a new hope now in another third baseman taken second in the 2007 draft, Mike Moustakas. While his hitting numbers in the low minors were not eye-popping, Moustakas broke out at Double-A Northwest Arkansas this year, hitting .347 with 21 homers in only 66 games. While not quite Bondsian, he hit like Adrian Beltre on a contract drive (2009 excepted).
His stats contain some insane splits however. He hit an unreal .440/.488/.900 in his home ballpark. On the road he hit .222/.318/.398. I ran the numbers for the team and its opponents, and I see they all hit .293 with a .462 slugging percentage in that park, and .253/.372 in road games.
Promoted to Triple-A, Moustakas is hitting only .220/.230/.356. He may need a lot more time before he’s ready to play third in Kansas City. Meanwhile, Eric Hosmer moves up to Northwest Arkansas. Watch out for some big numbers from him.