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2. Al Cowens (1974-1979, 9.7 WAR)
Al Cowens may have put together the most surprising season in Kansas City Royals history. In 1977, Cowens, who had never hit more than four home runs in a season, produced a .312/.361/.525 batting line, hitting 23 home runs and 14 triples. He finished second in the American League MVP vote, only 56 points behind Rod Carew, and won his only Gold Glove award.
While Cowens would have a decent career with the Royals, he never came close to replicating that season. In his time with the Royals, Cowens had a respectable .282/.329/.404 batting line, hitting 45 home runs and stealing eighty bases. Yes, half of Cowens home run total with the Royals came in 1977. He was Brady Anderson before Brady Anderson.
Defensively, Al Cowens was quite the excellent player. He led the American League in runs saved in right from 1976 through 1978. Cowens led American league right fielders with 17 assists in 1977, which was second overall, and led the American League in fielding percentage in 1978 and 1980.
Al Cowens may not have been a star, but for one year, he could certainly have claimed to be. His solid career made him the second best Kansas City Royals right fielder.
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