Giants’ second baseman Donovan Solano won his first Silver Slugger Award on Thursday.
After putting up a sensational season in 2020, it was well deserved.
A .326/.365/.463 slash line with 62 hits and 29 RBI made him the perfect candidate for the honor.
Solano, 32, had a breakout season and had to take over impossible responsibilities for #ForeverGiant Joe Panik, who was designated for assignment last August. And while those were more fan-favorite type of duties, Solano himself came a long way.
As a rookie in 2012 with the Miami Marlins, Solano hit .295 in 93 games. But he wasn't able to sustain that success. After limited time at the major league level from 2013 through 2016, Solano spent the 2017 and 2018 seasons in the minors.
Solano didn’t get much attention in 2019 when he batted .330/.360/.456 in 228 plate appearances (81 games), but in 2020, he became known as "Donnie Barrels" due to how well he was playing.
People are paying attention to Solano and he can call himself a Silver Slugger Award winner.