View Full Version : Bogaerts wins Silver Slugger; Ortiz Beaten out By Morales

11-13-2015, 09:31 AM
A tremendous bounce-back season from Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts was rewarded on Thursday with a Silver Slugger Award.

Bogaerts claimed the award for the first time in his career. It is given to one player at each position in each league, and Bogaerts beat out competition like impact rookies Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor of the Astros and Indians, respectively.

Bogaerts prevailed on the strength of a .320 average, good for second in the American League behind batting champ Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, as well as a .776 OPS, 196 hits, and 35 doubles, which led all AL shortstops.

In a mild surprise, designated hitter David Ortiz did not pick up his seventh award, despite batting .273 with 37 homers and 108 RBIs. The honor, which was voted on by coaches and managers, instead went to Kansas City’s Kendrys Morales, who hit .290 with 22 homers and 106 RBIs.weei.com