Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez wins Silver Slugger Award

Teoscar Hernandez

Toronto Blue Jays rightfelder Teoscar Hernandez has won a Silver Slugger Award for the first time in his career.

The 28-year-old Hernandez,  a native of the Dominican Republic,  broke out as one of the game’s top sluggers in the shortened 2020 season for the Blue Jays.

He hit 16 home runs with 34 RBIs in 50 games, batting .289 with a .919 OPS before an oblique strain briefly slowed him down in September.

His average of 11.9 at-bats per home run was the fourth best in the American League behind only Luke Voit (9.7), Nelson Cruz (11.6) and Mike Trout (11.7).

The league announced the winners last Thursday, with the award going to the top offensive player at their position in each league voted on by managers and coaches.

The Chicago White Sox led the way in the American  League with three winners — first baseman Jose Abreu, , shortstop Tim Anderson and left fielder Eloy Jimenez.