Greek For “Home Run”

Chatsworth (Calif.) High shortstop Mike Moustakas entered the season with high hopes. Paired with his prep teammate, third baseman Matt Dominguez, the duo was among the best pairs of high school teammates on any field in the nation, but in the minds of most scouts, Moustakas was behind Dominguez and Cypress (Calif.) High’s Josh Vitters, as well as several others, in terms of draft position. In fact, some scouts considered him a lock to go to college due to his strong commitment to Southern California and the fact that Scott Boras will be his advisor.

With the way the draft goes, Moustakas may yet become a Trojan. Moustakas has shredded all preseason expectations for him, though, with a scintillating season that has made California history. Heather Gripp of the L.A. Daily News e-mails that Tuesday night, in the first inning of a Chatsworth victory against El Camino High, Moustakas hit his 20th homer of the season and the 48th of his career. That set a new California career prep record, and Moustakas is now one homer away from tying the single-season mark. He also tripled and walked twice Tuesday.

Last week, we had reports of Moustakas hitting 96-97 mph with his fastball as a pitcher. His hitting exploits have reached such proportions that scouts no longer seem to care what his future position is. While his tools may profile behind the plate, scouts don’t seem to talk about him moving there much anymore. He’s a lefthanded hitter with possible 80 future power–he can play first base and mash his way to the big leagues.

Maybe it’s just my Greek heritage talking, but a Nick Markakis-Moustakas middle of the order would give Greece a good start in a future World Baseball Classic . . . and I didn’t even mention Vasili Spanos yet.