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Xander Bogaerts wins AL Silver Slugger

Ian Vescera (@Ian_Vescera)
Contributing Writer
Photo via espn.com
Xander Bogaerts won the American League Silver Slugger award at shortstop on Thursday night. He was the lone Red Sox representative to do so. Bogaerts hit .320 with a .355 OBP, .421 slugging percentage, .776 OPS, 7 homer runs, 35 doubles, 3 triples and 81 RBIs. This was his first Silver Slugger award.

Bogaerts also hit an outstanding .386 in 70 at bats with 2 outs and runners in scoring position. He lead AL shortstops in hits, RBIs, batting average, and doubles.

This was a year of great leaps for Xander Bogaerts. His defensive improved, he became the professional hitter we all thought he could be (minus the power), and was an All-Star caliber player (despite his ASG snub). Winning the Silver Slugger certainly puts an exclamation mark on a fantastic season by Xander.

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