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Moustakas's splits

I noticed that Mike Moustakas's perceived value as a prospect has taken a hit this year.  One factor in his struggles this season is his distinct home-road splits.  At home in Wilmington he's hitting a dreadful .208, while on the road he's hitting a healthy .301.  With regard to other splits, he's actually hitting lefties better than righties (.270 to .257).  I found this recent post from KansasCity.com by Bradford Doolittle titled "Moustakas is doing just fine."

http://uponfurtherreview.kansascity.com/?q=node/1218

The author acknowledges that Moustakas has quite a bit of work ahead of him, but attributes some of his difficulties to the poor-hitting environment at home.   Included in the column is this excerpt:  “As I look at Moustakas' numbers, which seem so superficially average, I can't help but wonder if having young players traverse a couple of extreme pitcher's environments only to then come up against ballparks and leagues that are hitting-heavy makes player development more difficult that it has to be. I know that from a quantitative analysis standpoint, it complicates the evaluation process. I would imagine this is also the case from a traditional scouting standpoint.”

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