Royals Prospect Moustakas Wins Home Run Award


Kansas City Royals‘ hot prospect Mike Moustakas, who clubbed a combined 36 home runs with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and Omaha Royals, won the 2010 Joe Bauman Home Run Award. The third baseman finished tied for the Minor League Baseball lead in regular season homers with Salt Lake Bees’ Mark Trumbo. Moustakas, who turned 22 last Saturday, was declared the winner using the first tiebreaker of more RBI because he drove in two more runs (124-122) than Trumbo.

The Royals drafted Moustakas, who was named to the 2010 USA Pan American Qualifying Team roster last week, with the second overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. The left-hand hitting slugger smacked 21 dingers in 66 games for the Naturals in the Texas League, before getting called up to Triple-A in July. In only 52 Pacific Coast League games, he hit another 15 homers, 48 RBI, .878 slugging, including three on Aug. 28, the same day he was named the Texas League’s Player of the Year.

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