D-backs’ Christian Walker, Ketel Marte are 2022 Silver Slugger finalists

Oct 27, 2022, 11:31 AM

Arizona Diamondbacks infielders Christian Walker and Ketel Marte made the list of 2022 Silver Slugger Award finalists at their respective positions, first and second base.

Walker at first is joined by Paul Goldschmidt (St. Louis Cardinals), Freddie Freeman (Los Angeles Dodgers), Pete Alonso (New York Mets) and Matt Olson (Atlanta Braves).

Second base finalists include Jeff McNeil (New York Mets), Jake Cronenworth (San Diego Padres), Kolten Wong (Milwaukee Brewers) and Brendan Rodgers (Colorado Rockies).

Walker, who is also a Gold Glove finalist at first base, hit .242 on the year but was seventh in MLB with 36 home runs. He led the D-backs with 278 total bases, 23rd in baseball.

Those items would be his strongest case to win the honor, as his on-base percentage, slugging and OPS rank below the top-10 among first basemen. Goldschmidt and Freeman are in the top-three for each of those three categories.

Marte struggled through a relative down year.

His .240 average was the lowest of his career. Marte added 52 RBIs, 108 hits and slugged .407, his lowest mark since 2017. He added a .727 OPS, a personal worst since 2016.

Players qualified to be Silver Slugger finalists with a minimum of 100 games played.

The award is decided by MLB managers and coaches who vote on the best offensive players at their respective positions for both the National and American leagues.

Stats such as home runs, RBIs, batting averages, total bases and runs, as well as OPS and OPS+, are considered by voters.

The winners of the awards will be revealed on an MLB Network telecast on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Manager Torey Lovullo #17 of the Arizona Diamondbacks tosses a ball while watching batting practice...

Wills Rice

D-backs manager Torey Lovullo: ‘I want to stay here for the rest of my life’

Now the D-backs have had success, Torey Lovullo may be a hot name for bigger markets looking to make a splash with an experienced manager.

17 hours ago

Corbin Carroll #7 of the Arizona Diamondbacks high fives manager Torey Lovullo #17 after scoring a ...

Kellan Olson

Diamondbacks walk the walk in 6th straight win, beat Braves

The Arizona Diamondbacks made a statement with Friday's win over the Atlanta Braves by excelling in the margins to win a tight game.

2 days ago

(Twitter Photo/@Dbacks)...

Character Counts

D-backs donate $25K to Sarah Langs’ ALS initiative on Lou Gehrig Day

The Arizona Diamondbacks donated $25,000 for ALS research, contributing to MLB research extraordinaire Sarah Langs' #FistBumps4ALS initiative.

2 days ago

Scott McGough #30 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth in...

Alex Weiner

D-backs’ Scott McGough feeling more comfortable adjusting to MLB hitters

Diamondbacks reliever Scott McGough is learning how to attack MLB hitters and having success in the back end of the bullpen.

3 days ago

Arizona Diamondbacks mob Corbin Carroll, middle, after he drove in two runs with a single against t...

Wills Rice

Corbin Carroll hits 1st-career walk-off, D-backs fashionably sweep Rockies

The Diamondbacks completed the four-game sweep of the Rockies with an 5-4 walk-off win in front of 16,492 fans at Chase Field on Thursday.

3 days ago

The Bally Sports Arizona logo is seen before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colo...

Arizona Sports

Judge rules in favor of D-backs getting full payment from Diamond Sports

A bankruptcy judge on Thursday ruled in favor of Major League Baseball against Diamond Sports after the latter filed for bankruptcy in March.

3 days ago

D-backs’ Christian Walker, Ketel Marte are 2022 Silver Slugger finalists