The San Francisco Giants are coming home with some hardware after all.
On Thursday, it was announced that Donovan Solano won the Silver Slugger Award for National League second basemen.
All I can say that is: hell yeah, way to go Donnie Barrels.
The Silver Slugger was voted on this year by four members of each organization: the manager, and three coaches of the team’s choosing. And those voters awarded Solano as the NL’s best offensive player at his position.
It’s a well-deserved award for Solano, who hit .326/.365/.463, good for a .828 OPS and a 127 wRC+. It was a remarkable season given that, prior to last year, the 32-year old right-hander had never had an above average offensive season in his MLB career. And now he’s bringing home baseball’s premier offensive award.
Solano was joined in the NL by catcher Travis d’Arnaud (Atlanta Braves), first baseman Freddie Freeman (Braves), third baseman Manny Machado (San Diego Padres), shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. (Padres), outfielders Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers), Ronald Acuña Jr. (Braves), and Juan Soto (Washington Nationals), and designated hitter Marcell Ozuna (Braves).
The American Silver sluggers were catcher Salvador Perez (Kansas City Royals), first baseman José Abreu (Chicago White Sox), second baseman DJ LeMahieu (New York Yankees), third baseman José Ramírez (Cleveland), shortstop Tim Anderson (White Sox), outfielders Teoscar Hernández (Toronto Blue Jays), Eloy Jiménez (White Sox), and Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels), and designated hitter Nelson Cruz (Minnesota Twins).