Salvador Perez named 2016 Silver Slugger Award winner

American League's Salvador Perez, of the Kansas City Royals, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of the MLB baseball All-Star Game against the National League, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Courtesy: Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Louisville Slugger ® and MLB Network announced this evening that Salvador Perez has received the American League’s 2016 Silver Slugger Award for the catching position. Perez becomes the first Royals backstop to win a Silver Slugger Award and the ninth KC player (12th occurrence) overall.

Perez, 26, just completed his sixth big league season, batting .247 with a career-high 22 home runs and 64 RBI, while he also matched career bests in runs scored (57), doubles (28) and walks (22). He led American League receivers in hits (127) for the fourth-straight season and also led the league’s catchers in doubles, homers, extra-base hits and slugging percentage (.438). Salvy started the season batting .305 (67-for-220) with 14 doubles, two triples, 12 homers and 35 RBI over his first 60 games. He established a career-high with five RBI in the April 19 game vs. Detroit and he set a career-high with five hits at Minnesota on May 23, becoming the second Royals catcher to collect five hits in a game, joining Darrell Porter in 1978.

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.

Below is a list of the nine Royals to win a Louisville Silver Slugger Award (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)
Salvador Perez – 2016 (catcher)

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