Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz has been selected to the 2017 American League Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger team.
First baseman Eric Hosmer joined an elite list of Kansas City Royals players Thursday when he was named the American League's 2017 Louisville Silver Slugger Award victor. It is given to the top offensive players at each position in the American and National Leagues.
2017 had the most home runs in a single season, with the 2000 record being broken on September 19. The 23-year-old ranked 3rd in baseball in extra base hits (81), 4th in doubles and total bases, 7th in hits and 9th in runs.
Cruz led the Mariners in games, runs, home runs, RBIs, walks, on-base percentage, slugging, OPS and extra-base hits. This is Arenado's third consecutive Silver Slugger Award and the second consecutive award for Blackmon.
It was the first Silver Slugger for each player. He set career-bests in RBIs, walks and on-base percentage. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics including batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's offensive play.