The New York Yankees are natural-born winners. That’s just a proven fact. It turns out that their minor league players are also winners too, in their own ways.
Position battles are in full swing for the New York Yankees during spring training. However, Miguel Andujar was just sent down after failing to win a spot on the Opening Day roster.
To help soften the blow, Andujar and fellow prospect Domingo Acevedo were given some incredible news today in regards to their minor league seasons last year.
The Yankees announce that 3B Miguel Andújar and RHP Domingo Acevedo were named winners of the 2017 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ minor league “Player of the Year” and “Pitcher of the Year” today.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) March 18, 2018
So Andujar lost the third base position in the majors but he still comes away a winner as the Yankees’ minor league “Player of the Year.” The 23-year-old split time between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season, combining for a .315 BA and 16 home runs.
This year in camp, Andujar impressed at the plate as well, slugging four home runs in just 14 games played.
Acevedo, on the other hand, earned his “Pitcher of the Year” title by playing for three Yankees minor league teams last year. Jumping from Advanced A to Double-A to Triple-A, Acevedo combined for a 3.25 ERA. His best performance came in Trenton, where he went 5-1 in 14 games, striking out 82 in 79.1 innings pitched.
Congratulations to both these players! Seeing as how they were incredible last season in the minors, it can only go up from here. We’ll surely see them in pinstripes soon!
Now let’s talk about some more minor leaguers, shall we? At the beginning of spring, it was anticipated that Gleyber Torres would be in the major leagues come Opening Day. Clearly that was not the case. However, he’s still working his way up.
The Yankees are going to have Gleyber Torres split reps at Triple-A between 2B and SS. Aaron Boone said it'll be about 50-50.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 18, 2018
Torres didn’t have the greatest spring but showed some promising signs at second base. However, with the signing of Neil Walker and the otherworldly play of Tyler Wade, earning that starting spot wasn’t a possibility.
Clearly, he’s working on all avenues to see his path to the majors more clearly. Will we see him up this year? Probably. However, it won’t be any time soon.
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