Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts wins Silver Slugger award
Xander Bogaerts reaped the first honor for his breakout 2015 season with Red Sox, winning the American League’s Silver Slugger Award at shortstop in a vote of major league managers and coaches.
Second in the AL in batting average (.320) and hits (196), Bogaerts also totaled 35 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 81 RBIs, 10 stolen bases, 32 walks, and 84 runs scored in 156 games.
At 23, he is the youngest Red Sox player to receive award, but the third shortstop, joining Nomar Garciaparra (1997) and John Valentin (1995).
From May 31 through the end of the season, Bogaerts led all major league players with a .340 batting average.
AL batting champion Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) and hits leader Jose Altuve (Astros) were the representatives at first base and second, respectively.