Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Jose Altuve Wins American League Silver Slugger

Jose Altuve Wins American League Silver Slugger

Going forward, the age-28 second baseman remains a favorite for the award in subsequent seasons if he remains relatively healthy. He hit with exceptional power, was one of the most consistent offensive threats in all of baseball and finished with some unreal stats.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has won his fifth consecutive Silver Slugger Award since 2014. The award goes to the players deemed the best hitter at each position by Major League Baseball coaches and managers.

Betts earned the honor as an outfielder, while Martinez was recognized as both an outfielder and as a designated hitter, becoming the first player in the award's 39-year history to earn two Silver Slugger Awards in a single season.

A former member of the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks and Detroit Tigers, the native of Miami, Florida has earned himself the prestigious reputation of being one of the most risky hitters in all of baseball. He became the first White Sox to hit 20 or more home runs in each of his first five seasons and joined Albert Pujols (2001-10) and Ted Williams (1939-42, '46-49) as the only players in major-league history to record 30-plus doubles and 20-plus home runs in each of his first five seasons.

Want your voice heard? Simply impressive. Over the entirety of the 2018 season, the AL second base Silver Slugger slashed.316/.386/.451 with 13 home runs and a 135 wRC+. With a stacked Boston Red Sox team to match, Martinez will be one of the top players to watch next season.

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