Nov 12, 2015, 6:11 PM EDT
Bryce Harper added to his growing collection of hardware Thursday night, winning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career as one of the three best offensive outfielders in the National League.
Harper was selected along with fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in a vote of NL managers and coaches conducted near the end of the regular season.
The 23-year-old’s selection was a no-brainer. He led the league with 42 homers, 118 runs, a .460 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and 1.109 OPS while finishing second with a .330 batting average.
Harper thus adds the Silver Slugger to his mantel, which already includes this year’s Hank Aaron Award as the best offensive player in the NL and the Players’ Choice Award as NL Outstanding Player. He’s expected to cap off award season with his first career NL MVP, which will be handed out Nov. 19.
Harper becomes the 10th Silver Slugger winner for the Nationals in their 11 seasons in the District. Past winners were Alfonso Soriano (2006), Ryan Zimmerman (2009-10), Adam LaRoche (2012), Stephen Strasburg (2012), Ian Desmond (2012-14) and Anthony Rendon (2014).
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