Altuve Wins American League Silver Slugger Award

Second baseman joins Biggio, Bagwell in select company

HOUSTON, TX - Louisville Slugger announced tonight that Houston Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award as the top offensive second baseman in the American League. Altuve is now the third player in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove in the same season, joining second baseman Craig Biggio (1994-95, 1997) and first baseman Jeff Bagwell (1994).

Established in 1980, the Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards are the top offensive honor in Major League Baseball. Managers and coaches of all 30 Major League teams vote for the players they feel are the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues.

Altuve hit .313 (200x638) with 40 doubles and four triples, and set career-highs with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 154 games this season. He led all American League second basemen in hits and doubles, while ranking second in batting average. Among all AL players, Altuve led the league in hits and stolen bases (38) for the second consecutive season, joining the Yankees Snuffy Stirnweiss (1944-45) as the only players in Major League history to lead the AL in hits and steals in consecutive seasons. Altuve also became the first player in franchise history to reach 200 hits in a season twice.

There have been 10 Astros who have won a Silver Slugger Award: Altuve (2014-15), outfielder Carlos Lee (2007), third baseman Morgan Ensberg (2005), left-handed pitcher Mike Hampton (1999), outfielder Moises Alou (1998), Bagwell (1994, 1997, 1999), Biggio (catcher in 1989, second baseman in 1994-95, 1997-98), first baseman Glenn Davis (1986), outfielder Jose Cruz (1983-84) and shortstop Dickie Thon (1983).

This announcement continues a busy awards week, as both the Gold Glove Awards and the BBWAA Award finalists were announced on Tuesday. On Monday, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLPBPA) announced their Players Choice Awards. A full list of offseason awards and recognitions involving 2015 Astros is below.

Jose Altuve
-Rawlings AL Gold Glove winner, second base
-AL Silver Slugger winner, second base
-MLBPA Players Choice Always Game Award

Jason Castro
-Rawlings AL Gold Glove finalist, catcher

Carlos Correa
-MLBPAA Players Choice Award for AL Most Outstanding Rookie
-BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year finalist
-The Sporting News AL Rookie of the Year

Dallas Keuchel
-MLBPAA Players Choice Award for AL Most Outstanding Pitcher
-BBWAA AL Cy Young finalist
-Rawlings AL Gold Glove winner, pitcher
-The Fielding Bible Award, given to the best fielding pitcher in the Major Leagues
-The Starting Pitcher on the Sporting News AL All-Star Team

A.J. Hinch
-BBWAA AL Manager of the Year finalist


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