Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich was one of three other outfielders from the NL to win the Silver Slugger Award on Thursday.
This was the first time Yelich won the award, an honor that recognizes the best offensive players at each position. Yelich joined New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon as the three winners of the award in the outfield.
Yelich wins this award after putting up career-highs in many offensive categories. Yelich posted career-highs in batting average (.298), home runs (21), RBI’s (98), doubles (38), and walks (72). Yelich also had 172 hits, a .483 slugging percentage, and an OPS of .859.
Yelich also compiled a WAR of 5.3, which is the highest WAR for a Marlin since Giancarlo Stanton (6.5) in 2014. Yelich already has a Gold Glove in his trophy case, and he was a finalist for the award again this year. Yelich was also named a Sporting News NL All-Star at the end of the season.