The American and National League Silver Slugger finalists were announced today and the Cincinnati Reds landed four players on the list for the National League. First baseman Joey Votto, second baseman Jonathan India, and outfielders Jesse Winker and Nick Castellanos were all named as finalists today for the award that is supposed to go to the best offensive player at each position.
Of course, we say supposed to because often enough that simply isn’t the case. Joey Votto, for example, has never won a Silver Slugger award despite overwhelmingly being the best hitting first baseman more than a few times in his career in the National League. All four of the players are looking for their first career Silver Slugger award.
Speaking of Joey Votto, he hit .266/.375/.563 with 23 doubles, a triple, 36 home runs, and 99 RBI this past season. He’s be going up against the Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy.
Jonathan India hit .269/.376/.459 this past year in his rookie season with 34 doubles, 2 triples, 21 home runs, 12 steals, and 69 RBI. At second base he’ll be trying to get the nod ahead of Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies, San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth, and Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Justin Turner….. who literally did not play second base one time this season. In fact, the last time Turner played second base for any amount of time that should be considered partial time there was in 2014 when he started 38 games there for the Dodgers.
In the outfield the Reds have both Nick Castellanos and Jesse Winker vying for some hardware. Castellanos probably has the better case simply because Winker missed a bit of time at the end of the year that cost him some counting stats. Castellanos hit .309/.362/.576 with 38 doubles, a triple, 34 home runs, and 100 RBI in 138 games. Winker hit .305/.394/.556 with 32 doubles, a triple, 24 home runs, and 71 RBI in 110 games. If they are going to get the nod they will have to beat out Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds, Braves outfielder, Adam Duvall, and Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill.