Moustakas Highlights Banner Year In Royals System





Best Player: Mike Moustakas demonstrated why the Royals drafted him second overall in 2007. Moustakas combined to hit .322 with 94 runs, 41 doubles, 36 home runs, 124 RBIs and a .999 OPS between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha. He hit 21 homers in 66 games in the Texas League and 15 in 52 games in the Pacific Coast League, tying Angels farmhand Mark Trumbo for most homers in the minors.

Moustakas, who played the entire season at 21, will be the Royals' third baseman at some point in 2011, possibly Opening Day.

Best Pitcher: John Lamb, 20, combined to go 10-7, 2.38 with 159 strikeouts and 45 walks in 148 innings for three minor league clubs: low Class A Burlington, high A Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas.

"He has command of three pitches, repeats his delivery well and has excellent mound presence," said J.J. Picollo, assistant general manger of scouting and player development. "He really was not challenged in low A or high A, and had to make adjustments first time through Double-A. It's been a really productive year for him and he has made great strides in a short period of time." In his final three starts with the Naturals, he went 2-0, allowing eight hits and five earned runs in 16 innings, while walking five and striking out 17, including 6 1/3 hitless innings on Aug. 26 against Springfield.

Keep An Eye On: Clint Robinson had put up solid numbers in his first three seasons in the minors—a .295 average with 45 home runs and 187 RBIs in 297 games—but what he accomplished this season with Northwest Arkansas greatly increased his stock as a prospect.

Robinson, a 2007 25th-round senior pick out of Troy, won the Texas League triple crown, hitting .325 with 29 homers and 98 RBIs. He joined Adam Piatt (1999) and Del Pratt (1927) as the only triple crown winners in Texas League history. Robinson also topped the league with a 1.035 OPS.

"He has improved mostly with his ability to drive the ball the other way, while maintaining his ability to turn on the ball," Picollo said. "He lived in Surprise (Ariz.) this past offseason and really worked hard on his body, agility and overall strength."

ROYALTIES

• Omaha righthander Anthony Lerew's 2.55 ERA topped the Pacific Coast League. Lerew went 9-4 in 22 games.

• Under second-year manager Nelson Liriano, Rookie-level Burlington qualified for the Appalachian League playoffs for the first time since 1983, but was eliminated in the first round.