The Boston Red Sox will look to improve several areas of their roster this season, but at least they can rest assured they have the best-hitting third baseman in the American League.
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Rafael Devers received the Silver Slugger Award for AL third baseman, MLB announced this on Thursday. He defeated Houston’s Alex Bregman, Cleveland’s José Ramírez and Tampa Bay’s Isaac Paredes to receive the award.
This is Devers’ second career Silver Slugger, with his first win coming in 2021. It also marked the third consecutive season he was nominated for the award.
Devers hit .271/.351/.500 with 33 home runs and 100 RBIs last season. He led the Red Sox in both home runs and RBIs and recorded at least 65 extra-base hits (67) and an OPS+ over 125 (126) for the fourth time in his career.
Devers’ batting season was marked by hard swings that shot balls off his bats. He finished last season with a career-best 55.5% hit rate, ranking sixth in the MLB.
He joins Atlanta’s Austin Riley in the National League as the third baseman to win the award this season. Other players who won the award this year were Atlanta’s Matt Olson, Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts and San Diego’s Juan Soto.
Devers’ teammate, Triston Casas, was a finalist for this award at first base, but he lost to Tampa Bay’s Yandy Díaz.
The Red Sox have built a strong core of talented hitters at the corner infield positions. This may be Devers’ second Silver Slugger Award, but if he continues to score like he did last season, it likely won’t be his last.
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