As the team is constructed right now, the Royals have an excellent supporting cast and crew. They have players who have the potential to step up, but as it stands right now, nobody is considered a real superstar. In order for the Royals to compete in 2012, they need somebody, anybody, to step up and put together a season that is an MVP-like performance. I don’t expect a Royals player to win it for various reason, but it’s enough if they just put up the numbers to be considered. On the team, a few players fit the bill who could provide this:
- Eric Hosmer – The man has undeniable potential and at some point will put it together with a .320/.430/.550 type season with 35-40 homers and stellar defense. Will that be in 2012?
- Alex Gordon – You know the story. He turned around his career last season and had an amazing year. One more step forward makes him elite and among the top 15 in all of baseball.
- Mike Moustakas – I don’t think the rest of his numbers will be good enough, but homers are gaudy to voters and Moose has serious power.
- Salvador Perez – With all the time he’ll miss, he almost definitely can’t make it into the top ten of the voting. In January, I said that I think he’ll get more MVP consideration than anybody else on the team, so I had to include him here. Catchers who are considered the backbone of the team are often given some leeway in the voting for MVP. I think he has a chance to get some serious votes throughout his career, so I left him on this list for now.
A supporting cast can put together a really nice season, but it really helps to have a guy put together a phenomenal performance from at least one of your players. Look at a team like the Twins who fell apart without their superstars last season. The supporting cast the Royals already employ will be a huge help to overcome any injuries that may arise and keep them out of the Twins’ situation, but it would certainly help to have their very own pre-injury Mauer or Morneau.
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