Zack Greinke wins 2013 Silver Slugger

Harry How

Greinke is the first Dodger to win a Sliver Slugger award since Matt Kemp in 2011.

Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke had a successful first season in Los Angeles on the mound, and even more so at the plate. On Wednesday he was rewarded with the National League Silver Slugger award at pitcher, the best hitter at his position in the league.

Greinke hit .328/.409/.379 with three doubles and seven walks. He led all MLB pitchers in batting average, on-base-percentage, hits (19) and stolen bases (two).

In the last 40 years, only Orel Hershiser's .356 mark in 1993 tops Greinke's batting average among Dodgers pitchers.

He is one of three Dodgers pitchers ever with a .400 on-base percentage in at least 50 plate appearances, joining Earl Yingling (.464) in 1913 and Clarence Mitchell (.415) in 1919. Greinke was the first Dodgers pitcher with seven walks in a season since Bob Welch in 1987. Greinke was also the first Dodgers pitcher to steal two bases in a season since Hershiser in 1987.

Greinke is the fourth Dodgers pitcher to win a Silver Slugger award, joining Fernando Valenzuela (1981, 1983), Tim Leary (1988) and Hershiser (1993).

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