November 13, 2015

Xander Bogaerts Wins Silver Slugger

Xander Bogaerts won the 2015 Silver Slugger as the American League's best-hitting shortstop. Award winners are voted on by the league's managers and coaches.

Bogaerts led all AL shortstops in batting average (.320), hits (196), doubles (35), runs scored (84), RBI (81), total bases (258). and OBP (.355).

Bogaerts finished second among all MLB shortstops in FanGraphs' wins above replacement metric at 4.3. Brandon Crawford of the Giants finished first at 4.7.

Bogaerts is the third Red Sox shortstop to win a Silver Slugger, joining John Valentin (1995) and Nomar Garciaparra (1997). Bogaerts (who turned 23 on October 1) is the youngest Red Sox player to win a Silver Slugger at any position.

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