Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez is the best pure hitter in the game. As we await results of another award, let's take this time to celebrate Arraez's win of the National League Silver Slugger award for second base! A well-deserved win for a superstar that new PBO Peter Bendix must be happy to have on the team.
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez won the NL Silver Slugger award for second base!
Luis Arraez batted .354/.393/.469 with 10 home runs and 69 RBI, in 147 games and 574 AB. He even flirted with a .400 batting average for the season, through the second half of the season! It's a well-deserved acknowledgement for him. He will also likely receive some votes for the National League MVP award. Hopefully he will continue hitting like this next season, and maybe even get closer to .400 this time.
As far as the other Silver Slugger winners go, William Contreras of the Milwaukee Brewers won the award for catcher. Contreras batted .289/.367/.457, with 17 home runs and 78 RBI in 141 games and 540 AB. It was a breakout year for the young star. The first base award went to Matt Olson of the Atlanta Braves. Olson batted .283/.389/.604 with 54 home runs and 139 RBI, in 162 games and 608 AB.
The SS award went to another division rival, as it went to Francisco Lindor of the New York Mets. Lindor batted .254/.336/.470 with 31 home runs and 98 RBI, in 160 games and 602 AB. He continues to put up superstar numbers. The third base award went to another member of the Atlanta Braves... Austin Riley. Riley batted .281/.345/.516 with 37 home runs and 97 RBI, in 159 games and 636 AB. Olson and Riley form arguably the best slugging corner IF in the game.
Summing up the rest of the winners....The OF awards went to San Diego Padres LF Juan Soto, Atlanta Braves RF Ronald Acuna Jr. and Los Angeles Dodgers RF Mookie Betts. The DH award went to Bryce Harper of the Philadelphia Phillies, and the UTIL award went to 1B/CF Cody Bellinger of the Chicago Cubs.