Louisville Slugger® and MLB Network announced this evening that Kendrys Morales has been named the 2015 Silver Slugger Award winner at Designated Hitter in the American League. Morales becomes the eighth-different Royals player to win a Silver Slugger award (11th time overall), and first since designated hitter Billy Butler in 2012.
The Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award winners are decided by a vote of Major League Baseball managers and coaches who select the players they determine to be the best offensive producers at each position in the American and National Leagues. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the managers' and coaches' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their own teams. Tabulation of the balloting is verified by the accounting firm of Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP.
Morales, 32, signed a free agent contract with the Royals last December 16 and enjoyed a bounce-back year, hitting .290 with 41 doubles, two triples, 22 homers, while becoming the first KC player to drive in 100 or more runs (106) since Butler in 2012. His 41 doubles tied for fourth in the American League, while his RBI total ranked him sixth. The switch-hitter led the A.L. and ranked second in the Majors, driving in 53 runs with two outs, which also set a Royals record for a single-season. He hit .337 (68-for-202) with two down, which was good for fifth in the Junior Circuit. He also blasted four home runs and collected 10 RBI in 13 postseason starts this year. Morales hit a pair of solo shots in Game #1 of the ALDS vs. Houston, marking the fifth multi-homer game by a Royals player in the postseason.
Below is a list of the eight Royals' Louisville Silver Slugger winners:
Royals Silver Slugger Award winners (award was instituted in 1980):
George Brett - 1980, 1985 and 1988 (1980 and 1985 at third base, 1988 at first base)
Willie Wilson - 1980 and 1982 (outfield)
Hal McRae - 1982 (designated hitter)
Frank White - 1986 (second base)
Gary Gaetti - 1995 (third base)
Dean Palmer - 1998 (third base)
Billy Butler - 2012 (designated hitter)
Kendrys Morales - 2015 (designated hitter)