The Braves’ dynamic leadoff man hit .280/.365/.518 with 41 homers, 101 RBIs and 127 runs scored in his first full major-league season. He also stole 37 bases.
Acuna is the third player in NL history to win a Silver Slugger at age 21 or younger. Albert Pujols and Fernando Valenzuela were the other two.
Freeman had arguably his best offensive season, hitting .295/.389/.549 with a career-best 38 home runs and 121 RBIs. His hits (176), average and RBIs led first baseman, helping him beat out Pete Alonso and his 53 homers for the award.
Freeman also was acknowledged for his stellar defense a day earlier, when Freeman was named Wilson defensive player of the year among first basemen.
Albies hit .295/.352/.500 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs. He led the NL with 189 hits in 160 games. Albies is the first second baseman in Braves history to win a Silver Slugger.
He and Acuna paired for a lethal combination atop the lineup, captivating audiences with their speed-power combinations. They’re the first pair of teammates 22 years or younger to win Silver Sluggers in the same season, according to MLB stats savant Sarah Langs.
“Thank you to the managers and coaches who voted for me to be named a Silver Slugger, and congratulations to Ronald and Ozzie for their accomplishments as well,” Freeman said in a team statement. “These awards would not be possible without the contributions from all of our teammates and coaches, and I am very honored to be named a recipient.”