LOS ANGELES — Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager has played two full seasons in the majors, and has two Silver Slugger Awards. His second such award came on Thursday, named the best offensive shortstop in the National League.
He is the first Dodger to win a Silver Slugger in consecutive seasons since Mike Piazza won five straight years from 1993-97. The Silver Sluggers have been awarded since 1980, and Seager is the only Dodgers shortstop to be so honored.
Seager hit .295/.375/.479 with 33 doubles, 22 home runs and 67 walks in 2017, with a 125 OPS+ and 127 wRC+. The Dodgers in their franchise history have had three seasons with a player hitting 20 or more home runs as a shortstop, and Seager has two of them — both of his full seasons.
Reds shortstop Zack Cozart, who beat out Seager in fan voting for the starting spot in the All-Star Game in July, had a strong case for the Silver Slugger as well, with better rate stats than Seager but also in 106 fewer plate appearances.
The Silver Slugger Awards were voted on by MLB managers and coaches.
National League slugging shortstops
Seager is one of seven National League winners this year with multiple Silver Slugger Awards, joining catcher Buster Posey (his fourth award), first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (third), third baseman Nolan Arenado (third), second baseman Daniel Murphy (second), and outfielders Giancarlo Stanton (second) and Charlie Blackmon (second).