Moustakas dazzling with three homers
Royals’ prospect drives in 11 runs in Omaha’s 23-5 victory.
Mike Moustakas already conquered one league.
So, just hours after being chosen the Texas League player of the year, he set out to back it up in the Pacific Coast League.
In Class AAA Omaha’s 23-5 home victory Monday against Round Rock, Moustakas went four for six with three home runs and 11 RBIs. He was on-deck when the final out of the eighth inning was recorded.
Omaha scored 11 runs in bottom of the third.
His performance continues what’s been a great year for Moustakas. Despite playing just 66 games with Class AA Northwest Arkansas in the Texas League, he hit .347 with 21 home runs and 76 RBIs, all of which led the league at the time of his promotion. His homers and RBIs still rank fifth.
And things have gone well since his July13 call-up, too. Monday’s performance brought Moustakas’ totals at Omaha to12 homers and 37 RBIs in 37 games. Meche meets the bullpen
The Gil Meche-as-a-reliever experiment is about to begin.
Meche is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday when rosters expand from 25 to 40 players. He has made three minorleague rehab outings as a reliever and threw a side session Monday.
“I’ve been real sharp in the (bullpen sessions),” Meche said. “I had real good life on my fastball, and I’m feeling pretty good. I’m hoping I can have some fun with it.”
Meche, 31, is returning as a reliever after being a starter for10 seasons.
Meche has traditionally begun starts slowly. In his career, he has a 5.11 ERA over the first 45 pitches. In four career appearances in relief, he has allowed three earned runs in 51⁄ innings.
His command has improved over his outings, but his role has yet to be determined. Manager Ned Yost expects Meche to throw between 20 and 40 pitches each outing and not on back-to-back days.
“He could be a force in our pen,” Yost said.
“He might be a guy who could work his way into the back of the bullpen. It’s encouraging.”
Meche isn’t on the Royals’ 40-man roster, which means the Royals will have to make a move. Tejeda thrown into fire
Fresh off the disabled list, Robinson Tejeda is returning to the end of the bullpen.
“Just the games we play right now, I don’t think I’m going to have the situa-
3tion to ease him back in,” Yost said. “It’s not going to happen. We’re probably just going to have to go ahead in the seventh and eighth inning of these close games and get him back to speed.
“Ideally, would I like to give him a situation where he has a bit of leeway? Yeah, I do. But I’m not going to wait around five days for that to happen.”
Tejeda joins Blake Wood as the two prime setup options for Yost. Wood refined his mechanics and struggled in June and July. He has pitched better in August but battled back troubles. Yost said Wood was feeling fine.
Tejeda has a 3.38 ERA over 48 innings this season. Etc.
The Royals were shut out Monday for the seventh time this season. Their three hits matched a season low, matched three times.
Northwest Arkansas manager Brian Poldberg was chosen the Texas Leaguemanageroftheyear.Hehasled Northwest Arkansas to a franchise-record 80 wins with seven games remaining in the regular season. He is the only manager in franchise history.