SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - Three San Francisco Giants took home National League Silver Slugger awards which are given annually to the top hitters at each position.
Buster Posey won the award for the third time in his young career. Since Posey's only played five full seasons, to be named the top hitting catcher in three of those is saying a lot.
Posey led all N.L. catchers in batting average (.318), home runs (19) and RBI (95).
For the second straight season Madison Bumgarner was named the top hitting pitcher in the National League. Bumgarner had 5 home runs, no other pitcher had more than two. If you project those 5 home runs out over a 600 at bat season, Bumgarner was "on pace" for 38 homers. Bumgarner also led all pitchers with 19 hits and 9 RBI.
Brandon Crawford became the first Giants shortstop since Rich Aurlia in 2001 to win the Silver Slugger award.
Crawford busted out big time last year with a team leading 21 home runs, more than double his previous career high, and his 84 RBI led all MLB shortstops. Interesting to note, in leading the team in home runs Crawford became the first Giants shortstop in 110 years to accomplish that feat.