BATON ROUGE, La. – Former LSU infielders Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros and DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees have been named winners of the 2019 Silver Slugger Award.
The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball.
Bregman received the award as the American League third baseman, and LeMahieu was honored as the AL second baseman.
LSU now has four Silver Slugger Award winners in its baseball history – outfielder Albert Belle won the American League award five times (1993-96, Cleveland; 1998, Chicago White Sox), and Aaron Hill was the AL winner at second base in 2009 (Toronto).
Bregman, a finalist for the 2019 AL MVP Award, posted a 1.105 OPS this season with 41 home runs and an MLB-best 119 walks, leading the Astros to the American League pennant.
Bregman, a product of Albuquerque, N.M., who played at LSU from 2013-15, is a two-time MLB All-Star – including the 2018 All-Star Game MVP – and he helped lead the Astros to the 2017 World Series title.
LeMahieu, who won the MLB batting title in 2016 while playing for the Colorado Rockies, batted .327 this season with a career-best 26 homers and 102 RBI to help New York reach the AL Championship Series, where he hit a ninth-inning, game-tying home run to keep the Yankees alive in Game 6 against the Astros.
LeMahieu, a native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., who played at LSU from 2008-09, is a three-time MLB All-Star and three-time Gold Glove recipient.