2015 Colorado Rockies: End of the Season Awards
By Andrew Dill
Sep 4, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) and third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrate after the game against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. The Rockies won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Silver Slugger: Nolan Arenado/Carlos Gonzalez
Silver Slugger goes to the best hitter on a given team. Colorado had two heavy-hitters this past season; Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. I can’t just choose one player so this one will go as a tie simply due to the second half Carlos Gonzalez had.
You already know about Nolan Arenado and his breakout year with the bat, but how about Carlos Gonzalez rebounding from a porous start? After missing a lot of time during the 2014 season, like teammate Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez remained healthy for the most part this past year.
Being healthy is one thing but producing is another. Despite being healthy, CarGo looked lost and undisciplined at the plate, seeing his batting average drop to .175 one point. The stats are pretty staggering, considering CarGo hit just .259 before the All-Star Break, hitting just 13 home runs while driving in 35 runs.
The second half, however, was a breath of fresh air for not only CarGo, but Rockies’ fans alike. He produced at an All-Star caliber, slashing at a line of .285/.337/.638 with nine doubles, one triple, 28 home runs and 62 RBI’s. It’s crazy to think CarGo hit 28 of his 40 home runs in the second half of the season, going on an absolute tear.
Colorado shipped Tulowitzki out of town, looking as if the team was rebuilding (which they seem to be), yet CarGo remained perhaps due to his performance. Anyways, trade rumors will begin to heat up for the slugger this offseason, seeing that his trade value appears to be at an all-time high.
The Silver Slugger Award goes to Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez.
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