This year's American League Silver Slugger Awards class is simply loaded!
Let's go around the diamond and take a look at the players who took home the awards in the American League for their respective positions.
At catcher, we have Salvador Perez of the Royals, who
At first base, Jose Abreu of the White Sox takes home his second career Silver Slugger Award. The 31-year-old batted .265 belted 22 homers and drove in 78 RBI for Chicago.
The ever-consistent Jose Altuve achieved his fifth career Silver Slugger Award. The second basemen was as productive as ever, finishing third in the AL in batting average (.316), holding a .386 OBP and a .451 slugging percentage.
In an absolutely loaded shortstop position in the AL, Francisco Lindor takes home the award for the second time in his young career. The 24-year-old batted .277 and tallied career-highs in home runs (38) and RBI (92). Well-deserved.
Jose Ramirez joins his Indians teammate as the American's League Silver Slugger at third base. Ramirez, an MVP finalist, was a stud this season. Like Lindor, he totaled a career best in home runs (39) and RBI (105), not to mention a
Predictably, the outfield class consists of three of the most feared hitters in the game. We'll start with Mookie Betts, the likely AL MVP. The MLB's batting champ (.346) belted 32 dingers and drove in 80 runs as Boston's lead-off hitter. Let's not forget that .448 OBP and .640 SLG.
Next up is Mike Trout, another AL MVP finalist, who takes home his sixth career Silver Slugger Award. His .312 batting average was good for fourth in the AL and led the MLB with a stunning .460 OBP. Oh yeah, he also finished with 39 homers, and 79 RBI to go along with a .628 slugging percentage.
You guessed it: rounding out this outfield trio is J.D. Martinez. He trailed only Mookie Betts in batting average in all of baseball at .330. He was second in the MLB with 48 home runs and led the entire MLB with a staggering 130 RBI. J.D. was also awarded the honor AGAIN this year as the AL's DH.
Congratulations to all of this year's American League Silver Slugger Award Winners!