Bobby Witt Jr. and Salvador Perez have each been named finalists for the Silver Slugger Award, recognizing the top offensive performance at each position. Winners will be announced on MLB Network on November 9.
Witt hit .276/.319/.495 and was the first player in club history to enjoy a 30/30 season, when he he hit 30 home runs and stole 49 bases. He is a finalist at American League shortstop where he is up against Corey Seager of the Rangers and J.P. Crawford of the Mariners. Seager led all AL shortstops in wRC+ at 169 with a line of .327/.390/.623 and 33 home runs, while Crawford was second in wRC+ at 134 with a line of .266/.380/.438 and 16 home runs.
Perez is a four-time Silver Slugger winner, taking the award home in 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2021. He was tied with Yanier Diaz for second among AL catchers in home runs with 23, finishing with a line of .255/.292/.422. He is up against Baltimore’s Adley Rutschman, who led qualified catchers in wRC+ at 127 with a line of .277/.374/.435 with 20 home runs, and and Seattle’s Cal Raleigh, who led AL catchers with 30 home runs and a line of .232/.306/.456. Only eight catchers in MLB history have won more Silver Slugger Awards at the position.
A Royals hitter has won the Silver Slugger just 16 times in club history.
1980: George Brett and Willie Wilson
1982: Hal McRae and Willie Wilson
1985: George Brett
1986: Frank White
1988: George Brett
1995: Gary Gaetti
1998: Dean Palmer
2012: Billy Butler
2015: Kendrys Morales
2016: Salvador Pérez
2017: Eric Hosmer
2018: Salvador Pérez
2020: Salvador Pérez
2021: Salvador Pérez