Royals draft young infielder in Round 1

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals selected Mike Moustakas with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday afternoon.
Moustakas, a shortstop/third baseman from Chatsworth (Calif.) High School, was considered, along with Josh Vitters, one of the top two high school bats in this year's Draft. Expected to go in the top 10, Moustakas climbed up the Draft board when top-rated high school pitcher Rick Porcello's contract demands were publicized.

The Royals were thought to be interested in the right-handed Porcello, but the Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) product is represented by Scott Boras. Boras, who represents several top selections in this year's Draft, was asking for a Major League contract for Porcello.

Moustakas certainly isn't a bad option. At 6-foot, 195 pounds, the left-handed hitter set California high school records for career and single-season home runs.

A two-time Los Angeles Player of the Year, Moustakas hit .577 this spring and broke his own school marks with 24 homers and 52 RBIs. Moustakas batted .427 with 14 homers and 47 RBIs his junior year, numbers that were very similar to his sophomore season totals of a .482 average, 12 homers and 51 RBIs.

A high school All-American, Moustakas led the U.S. Junior National Team in runs scored last season (nine) and collected a homer and seven RBIs at the World Championships.

Moustakas is the highest position player taken by the Royals since Alex Gordon went No. 2 overall in 2005.

Conor Nicholl is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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