- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 5, 2020

After finishing with an MLB-best 1.185 on-base plus slugging percentage during the 60-game season, Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto earned his first Silver Slugger award, Louisville Slugger announced Thursday night on MLB Network.

The 22-year-old led the National League with a .351 batting average to go along with 13 home runs and 37 RBI. His .490 on-base percentage and .695 slugging percentage also lead the majors.

Soto has developed into one of the top hitters in the league since bursting onto the scene in 2018. During the Nationals’ 2019 postseason run, Soto made his mark on the national stage, clubbing five homers — including three during the World Series.

Washington underperformed in 2020, but Soto kept up his hot bat, joining the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and Braves’ Ronald Acuña Jr. as the NL Silver Slugger outfield recipients.

“I am so happy to win this award,” Soto said in a statement. “Thank you to the opposing managers and coaches who voted for me. I am proud to be a part of this year’s talented group of award winners. I want to thank Dave Martinez, Kevin Long, Pat Roessler, Troy Gingrich and the rest of the staff for working with me and pushing me to be the best I can be. I also want to thank my family who is there to support me each and every day.”

The Angels’ Mike Trout, Blue Jays’ Teoscar Hernández and White Sox’s Eloy Jiménez were the outfielder recipients for the American League.

Winners at other positions were: The Braves’ Freddie Freeman and White Sox’s José Abreu at first base; Giants’ Donovan Solano and Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu at second base; Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. and White Sox’s Tim Anderson at shortstop; Padres’ Manny Machado and Indians’ José Ramírez at third base; Braves’ Travis d’Arnaud and Royals’ Salvador Perez at catcher; and Braves’ Marcell Ozuna and Twins’ Nelson Cruz.


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