July 25, 2021

The Pirates Should Upgrade at Third With Mike Moustakas (The Good Phight)

Currently, the Pittsburgh Pirates are slated to start Colin Moran at the hot corner next season. However, signing Mike Moustakas would provide the team with a significant, cost effective upgrade at third base, allowing them to utilize Moran in a role off the bench.

Colin Moran put up respectable numbers last year for Pittsburgh, ending with a stat line that included a .277 batting average, 13 home runs, 80 runs batted in and a .751 OPS. While those numbers aren’t terrible, they fall short of the league averages for the third base position.

Conversely, Mike Moustakas put up the power numbers that are more indicative of what we see from today’s third basemen in Major League Baseball, as he bashed 35 home runs last season with the Milwaukee Brewers after hitting 28 the previous year.

While his batting average was almost 25 points lower and his runs batted in were only seven higher than Moran, the power numbers are difficult to ignore. Moustakas has shown the propensity to hit for power since his time with the Kansas City Royals. Since coming over in a trade to the Brewers, those power numbers have continued to climb.

Having a third baseman with the ability to change the…

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