The VORG’s 2014 “Nate Silver Slugger Award”

Last year, the VORG gave out the first annual “Nate Silver Slugger Award,” bestowed to those batters at each position who came closest to slugging .538 (after Mr. Silver’s data-driven analytics site).

Here are this year’s players who slugged closest to .538 (on either side of it). Ties for the award are given to whichever player has the higher number of plate appearances.  As an aside, no one slugged EXACTLY .538 in 2014.

The envelope please . . .

American League:

Player SLG PA Pos
Nelson Cruz .525 678 DH
Josh Phegley .514 38 C
Edwin Encarnacion (*) .547 542 1B
Jose Pirela .542 25 2B
Adrian Beltre (*) .492 614 3B
Gregorio Petit .423 100 SS
J.D. Martinez .553 480 OF
Rusney Castillo .528 40 OF
Jose Bautista .524 673 OF

National League:

Player SLG PA Pos
Marco Gonzales .500 12 P
Devin Mesoraco .534 440 C
Paul Goldschmidt (*) .542 479 1B
Neil Walker .467 571 2B
Nolan Arenado .500 467 3B
Troy Tulowitzki (*) .603 375 SS
Giancarlo Stanton .555 638 OF
Andrew McCutchen .542 648 OF
Nolan Reimold .529 18 OF
(*) – also won this award in 2013

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