The Royals shook up their roster on Thursday afternoon and propelled Kansas City baseball into the future.

Mike Aviles, who slumped to a miserable .217 batting average following a solid start, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha. Aviles produced a single hit in his final 21 at-bats prior to the demotion.

The team activated starter Gil Meche and promoted Mike Moustakas. The second overall selection of the 2007 MLB Draft has been one of the game’s most tracked prospects. He produced a .287 batting average (64-for-223) with 26 extra-base hits (10 home runs) and 44 RBI.

Fans and fantasy owners have been salivating about this inevitable move. Moustakas hit 36 home runs with 124 RBI and a .322 batting average split between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Moustakas will make his debut on Friday when the Royals travel to Anaheim.