Kansas City Royals prospect Mike Moustakas has been named the 2010 Sporting News Minor League Hitter of the Year.
Moustakas tied for the minor league lead with a combined 36 home runs for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). The Royals first-round pick (second overall) in 2007 batted .322 (156-for-484) with 41 doubles, 124 RBI and 94 runs scored, with a slugging percentage of .630.
Moustakas was also selected as the Texas League Player of the Year. In addition, Moustakas was chosen to represent the Royals in the All-Star Futures Game and was also honored as one of five finalists for the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year.
In addition, catcher Wil Myers and relief pitcher Tim Collins were named to the Sporting News All-Minor League Team as the best player at their respective positions. The Royals were the lone organization in baseball with multiple selections.
The 19 year old Myers split the season between Burlington (A) and Wilmington (High A), batting a combined .315 with 37 doubles, 14 home runs, 83 RBI and 70 runs scored in 126 games.
21 year old Collins is a left handed pitcher who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31, 2010 with outfielder Gregor Blanco and pitcher Jesse Chavez in exchange for outfielder Rick Ankiel and pitcher Kyle Farnsworth. He pitched at the Double-A level in the Blue Jays and Braves organizations before joining Omaha following his acquisition by Kansas City. Collins was 3-1 at the three stops with a 2.02 ERA in 56 appearances, striking out 108 and walking 27 in 71.1 innings.