Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler could be first home run king

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 03: Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals waves to the crowd after hitting his 39th home run of the year, a single-season club record, during the 3rd inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 03, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - SEPTEMBER 03: Jorge Soler #12 of the Kansas City Royals waves to the crowd after hitting his 39th home run of the year, a single-season club record, during the 3rd inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium on September 03, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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With Mike Trout done for the year, Jorge Soler may be on the verge of another first in Kansas City Royals history.

Jorge Soler has already made history for the Kansas City Royals. Not only did he become the Royals’ single season home run leader, surpassing the 38 homers hit by Mike Moustakas two seasons ago, but he also became the first player in franchise history to hit 40 homers in a season.

Soler may not be done adding to his list of firsts for the Royals. Entering action on Sunday, Soler ha hit 44 homers this season, trailing only Mike Trout in the American League. He was also seven homers ahead of third place, shared by Nelson Cruz and Gleyber Torres.

However, with two weeks left in the season, Soler may be on the cusp of becoming the first player in Royals history to lead the league in homers. Trout has been shut down for the rest of the year, as he is set to undergo surgery to remove the neuroma in his right foot.

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While Trout has been sidelined, Soler has been on a power surge. In 12 September contests, Soler has belted six homers while producing a .283/.353/.696 batting line. He has not slowed down since taking over the Royals single season record, and could even have an outside chance at reaching the 50 home run plateau.

For now, first things are first. Soler has one more home run to go to even tie Trout for the AL lead. While that is seemingly inevitable, slumps can happen at any time. Soler also had a ten game stretch in the middle of August where he failed to homer, his longest stretch of 2019.

Barring a complete power outage, or an incredible surge from either Cruz or Torres, Soler should become the first Royals player to lead the league in home runs. He has become a valued building block, a true middle of the order bat that can make a difference.

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Jorge Soler may be ready to make history for the Kansas City Royals, as he is on the cusp of becoming the first player in franchise history to lead the American League in home runs in a single season.