Now in his sixth season in the majors, Kansas City Royals' DH/1B Billy Butler is playing the best baseball of his young career.
Going into Thursday's action, his six homers and 23 RBI are good for fourth in the A.L. in both categories.
He's on pace for not only a career year, but is also not far behind the pace of former Royal Steve Balboni's 36 home run season back in 1985.
Although he is nowhere near becoming a superstar at this level right now, the potential is definitely there for the former Wolfson High star.
Here are five reasons why he could get there in 2012.