There’s certainly a silver lining for Ronald Acuna Jr.
The 22-year-old Venezuelan professional baseball player is among four Atlanta Braves players to earn Silver Slugger Awards, which were unveiled Thursday by Major League Baseball in honor of the best offensive players at every position in each league.
Winning from the Braves were Acuna Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna, who each won the award for the second time, and first-time winner Travis d’Arnaud.
The Chicago White Sox led the American League with three Silver Sluggers: shortstop Tim Anderson, left fielder Eloy Jimenez and first baseman Jose Abreu, who won the award for the third time after batting .317 with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.
It was the first honor for both Anderson and Jimenez.
Los Angeles Angels star outfielder Mike Trout received his eighth Silver Slugger Award after batting .281 with 17 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.
2020 Silver Slugger Winners
|C||Salvador Perez, Royals||Travis d’Arnaud, Braves|
|1B||Jose Abreu, White Sox||Freddie Freeman, Braves|
|2B||DJ LeMahieu, Yankees||Donovan Solano, Giants|
|SS||Tim Anderson, White Sox||Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres|
|3B||Jose Ramírez, Indians||Manny Machado, Padres|
|OF||Mike Trout, Angels||Juan Soto, Nationals|
|OF||Eloy Jimenez, White Sox||Mookie Betts, Dodgers|
|OF||Teoscar Hernandez, Blue Jays||Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves|
|DH||Nelson Cruz, Twins||Marcell Ozuna, Braves|
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz, New York Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu, Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez, Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez and Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez rounded out the American League winners.
World Series champion and Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts, Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano and San Diego Padres teammates Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado completed the National League list.
Selections are based on a combination of offensive stats, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, in addition to the managers’ and coaches’ views of a player’s overall offensive value.