Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Jay Bruce named best hitter at his position

For the second straight year, Jay Bruce has won the National League Silver Slugger Award in right field, which goes to players deemed to be the best hitters in their league at their respective position.

The native Texan led all National League right fielders in home runs, RBI, doubles and extra-base hits. He finished among the top four overall in the league in each of those categories, too.

All in all, Bruce maintained an average of .262, clubbed 30 home runs, smacked 43 doubles, drove in a career-high 109 RBI, and produced a WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of 4.3. He became only the third player in franchise history to amass 30 home runs and 40 doubles in a season, joining the likes of Frank Robinson and Dave Parker, two pretty good hitters in their own right.

Bruce was the only Reds player to earn Silver Slugger honors this season.

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