Aaron Judge is going to need a bigger trophy case. It was announced Thursday evening that the rookie had won his first career Silver Slugger Award as the top hitting right fielder in the American League.
While he may have missed out on winning a Gold Glove, there was no denying the slugger’s, well, slugging. He led the AL in homers, launching 52 balls into orbit, which was nine more than the next closest American Leaguer. In 155 games for the Bombers, Judge hit .284/.422/.627 with 114 RBI, 128 runs scored and drew 127 walks, the last two also leading the AL.
Gary Sanchez joined his teammate in winning the Silver Slugger as the AL’s best hitting catcher. The backstop hit .278/.345/.531 while driving in 90 and hitting 33 homers of his own in 122 games.
These are, no doubt, the first of many awards to be coming their way.