Jose Altuve has been the sparkplug for the Astros' turnaround over the past few season. Major League Baseball taken notice. On Tuesday, he won his first Gold Glove Award. Today, he won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award.
Altuve, All-Star Second baseman, for the second time has been named the top offensive second baseman in the American League. The Silver Slugger Awards were established in 1980 and is voted on by the managers and coaches of all 30 Major League teams -- selecting the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National League.
Altuve is only the third player in franchise history to win a Silver Slugger and Gold Glove in the same season, joining second baseman Craig Biggio (1994-95, 1997) and first baseman Jeff Bagwell (1994).
Altuve hit .313 (200x638) with 40 doubles and four triples. The second baseman set career-highs with 15 home runs and 66 RBI in 154 games this season. He led all American League second basemen in hits and doubles, while ranking second in batting average.
Among all AL players, Altuve led the league in hits and stolen bases (38) for the second consecutive season. Altuve also became the first player in franchise history to reach 200 hits in a season twice.