MLB 2022 | Yordan Álvarez wins the 2022 Silver Slugger
Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 offseason. A compendium from several MLB sources
Major League Baseball's award season kicked off Thursday with the announcement of the Silver Slugger winners in the American and National Leagues.
Bat-maker Louisville Slugger announced the 2022 winners, which are divided by league and given to one player each at first base, second base, third base, shortstop, catcher, designated hitter, and utility player. Three players who primarily play in the outfield are also chosen, regardless of their exact position.
Besides this time favorite, New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, Cuban outfielder and designated hitter, Yordan Álvarez, was one of the best hitters in the American League and all MLB, earning his honor as the top hitting AL designated hitter (DH). The Houston Astros superstar ranked fourth in the Junior Circuit in batting average (.306), third in homers (37), second in on-base percentage (.406) and slugging percentage (.613). He also added 97 runs batted in, 95 runs, 29 doubles, 78 walks and a 1.019 OPS in 135 games for the Astros this season.
Álvarez, a first-time Silver Slugger recipient, became the fourth Cuban DH to achieve such an award and the first since Kendrys Morales in 2015.
Here is the list of the 2022 Silver Slugger winners.
AL Silver Slugger Winners
C: Alejandro Kirk, Toronto Blue Jays
1B: Nathaniel Lowe, Texas Rangers
2B: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros
SS: Xander Bogaerts, Boston Red Sox
3B: José Ramírez, Cleveland Guardians
OF: Aaron Judge, New York Yankees
OF: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
OF: Julio Rodríguez, Seattle Mariners
DH: Yordan Álvarez, Houston Astros
Util: Luis Arráez, Minnesota Twins
NL Silver Slugger Winners
C: J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
1B: Paul Goldschmidt, St. Louis Cardinals
2B: Jeff McNeil, New York Mets
SS: Trea Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers
3B: Nolan Arenado, St. Louis Cardinals
OF: Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies
OF: Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Dodgers
OF: Juan Soto, San Diego Padres
DH: Josh Bell, San Diego Padres
Util: Brandon Drury, San Diego Padres