How Many Twins Should Win a Silver Slugger Award?
Image courtesy of © Ben Ludeman-USA TODAY SportsNelson Cruz
Top three at the position (DH)
- Nelson Cruz: .299/.382/.616 (.998), 37 HR, 97 RBI, 155 wRC+, 3.6 fWAR
- J.D. Martinez: .301/.380/.564 (.944), 35 HR, 95 RBI, 138 wRC+, 2.9 fWAR
- Yordan Alvarez: .316/.418/.674 (1.092), 26 HR, 76 RBI, 183 wRC+, 3.7 fWAR
The only problem is that he won’t reach even 89 games this season and nobody has ever won the award with less than 112 games played. If he was called up at the beginning of the season and put up these numbers then he would be in the top three for MVP votes. Sadly for him he wasn't called up and Nelson Cruz is here.
With Alvarez likely not getting enough time to win, it should come down to Cruz and Martinez, although Soler could sneak in depending on how much voters value RBIs.
Twins slugger Nelson Cruz should definitely win this award over the others. From helping lead his team to a playoff run to hitting 40 bombs as a 39-year-old, he has been one of the best hitters in baseball this season. If you are about to hit the age of 40 and you can still out-homer your age then you deserve a statue at that point.
Top three at the position (Catcher)
- Mitch Garver: .276/.364/.636 (1.000), 30 HR, 66 RBI, 155 wRC+, 3.7 fWAR
- Gary Sanchez: .233/.318/.531 (.849), 34 HR, 77 RBI, 118 wRC+, 2.4 fWAR
- Omar Narvaez: .284/.357/.477 (.834) 22 HR, 55 RBI, 123 wRC+, 2.0 fWAR
Mitch is the only AL catcher win an OPS above .850 and his is sitting at .1000 so there is no one even remotely close to putting up the production he does. His 3.7 WAR while splitting playing time is insane. If he had played as many games as Sanchez (104), then he would be at 4.2 WAR and 36 home runs.
Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco?
These two players have played well enough to win the award, but the competition this season is just too much to overcome, it would seem.
Max Kepler should finish in the top 4-7 for the award but with Mike Trout locked in, along with competition of Mookie Betts, George Springer, Jorge Soler, and Austin Meadows, a lot will have to go right for Max to finish top three. It’s definitely possible, and if he gets hot over the last couple weeks it wouldn’t be a surprise.
Jorge Polanco was the starting shortstop in the All-Star Game, but he went through a rough stretch as players like Marcus Semien, Xander Bogaerts and Francisco Lindor were at their best. Polanco has been excellent this season but likely not good enough to win the award.
Are Cruz and Garver going to win the award for their respective positions? Could Kepler or Polanco sneak up and grab it? Is there anyone else who could win the award? Leave a comment and discuss below.
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