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Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez named NL Silver Sluggers

Arenado and Gonzalez became the Rockies' first winners of the award since Michael Cuddyer in 2013.

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Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado added another piece of hardware to his already-impressive collection. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez got back into the award game, too.

Arenado on Thursday was named the Silver Slugger award winner for National League third basemen, beating out the likes of Todd Frazier, Kris Bryant and Matt Carpenter. The third-year defensive wizard, who has also earned NL Gold Glove and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year awards at third base, now has an offensive award after his big season.

Arenado tied for first in the NL in home runs with 42 and notched a league-leading 130 RBI in a breakout year at the plate. The 24-year-old native of El Toro, Calif., was selected to his first All-Star Game in 2015 and finished the season with a .287/.323/.575 batting line in 665 plate appearances.

Gonzalez was named one of the three Silver Sluggers among NL outfielders, joining Bryce Harper of the Nationals and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates. CarGo hit 40 home runs for the first time in his career, overcoming a slow start that saw him leave the yard just four times while hitting only .219 over the season's first two months.

The 30-year-old star earned his second Silver Slugger Award by mashing 36 home runs and posting a .292/.336/.624 line from June 2 through the end of the season. Gonzalez previously won the award in 2010, his first full season with the Rockies.

The last Rockies player prior to Arenado and Gonzalez to win a Silver Slugger Award was Michael Cuddyer in 2013. Todd Helton is Colorado's all-time leader in Silver Slugger honors with four, winning the award each year from 2000-2003.