Pirates' Alvarez, McCutchen named Silver Slugger award recipients
Major League Baseball named Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez and center fielder Andrew McCutchen as Silver Slugger recipients Wednesday.
The award is given to the top offensive performers at each position in each league.
McCutchen earned his second straight Silver Slugger after posting a .317 batting average, career-best .404 on-base percentage and .508 slugging percentage. The center fielder hit 21 home runs, drove in 84 runs and stole 27 bases. It marked his third straight season with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. McCutchen is also a favorite for National League MVP honors.
Alvarez posted career bests in home runs (36) and RBIs (100), though he also posted an on-base percentage below .300 (.296). Alvarez has by far the most power of any NL third baseman. Alvarez tied for the NL home run lead.
Rounding out the NL Silver Slugger field was Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter, Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, Reds outfielder Jay Bruce (Reds), Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer and Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke.
Major league coaches and managers vote on the award.