KANSAS CITY, MO (July 3, 2007) – Mike Moutstakas, the Royals first round selection (second overall) in last month's First-Year Player Draft, has been named the High School Player of the Year by Baseball America. Moustakas, the two-time Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, becomes just the second player from California to win the Baseball America honor.
Moustakas, 18, played shortstop for baseball power Chatsworth High batting .577 during his senior season, with a California-state record 24 home runs and 52 RBI, leading the Chancellors to the Los Angeles City Section Championship. The left-handed hitter posted 52 career high school homers, also a state record.
A two-time Los Angeles City Section Player of the Year, the 6-0, 195-pound Moustakas batted .427 with 14 home runs and 47 RBI during his junior season, nearly mirroring his sophomore numbers of .482, with 12 homers and 51 RBI.
Moustakas joins other notable players such as the Indians' Trot Nixon, the Twins' Joe Mauer and the Devil Rays' Scott Kazmir as winners of the award, which Baseball America created in 1992.