KC Royals: Who Has Been The MVP So Far

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May 8, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) receives congratulations from starting pitcher Yordano Ventura (30) after scoring in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

While plenty of his teammates have performed well, Eric Hosmer has emerged as the MVP of this Royals squad. He is hitting .302, with a team-high seven home runs and 31 RBI (second only to Kendrys Morales who only hits for a living).

He leads the team in slugging (.505) and OPS (.881), and his 1.5 OWAR trails only Lorenzo Cain (a guy who just missed out on the list) and Moustakas who each sit at 1.6.

One the defensive side, the back-to-back Gold Glove winner has committed just one error, and has the best Range Factor on the team at 8.96.

Those raw numbers are enough to earn him team MVP honors, but his confidence and leadership in the clubhouse play a role as well. The 25-year-old is in his fifth Big League season, and it was time for him to emerge as an AL MVP candidate.

That may not happen this season, or ever, but there is no doubt Hosmer, who found himself on the regional cover of Sports Illustrated this week, has emerged as the leader of this team so far this season.

The great thing about this team however, is that by season’s end it could easily be one of his teammates taking home the team MVP award.

If come October that is a hard decision for the Royals, that’s a great problem to have.

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