Yankees Torres Wins James P. Dawson Award


Gleyber Torres in the Arizona Fall League. Credit: Ryan "Moose" Morris

Gleyber Torres in the Arizona Fall League. Credit: Ryan “Moose” Morris

The New York Yankees today announced that infielder Gleyber Torres is the recipient of the 2017 James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training.

In his first Major League spring training, Torres hit .448/.469/.931 (13-for-29) with 8R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR and 9 RBI in 19 games. The 20-year-old won the 2016 Arizona Fall League MVP award after becoming the youngest player in league history to win the batting title. Over three minor league seasons, the Caracas, Venezuela, native has hit .282 (323-for-1,147) with 172 runs, 61 doubles, 16 triples, 16 HR and 163 RBI in 301 games.

He was acquired by the Yankees from the Chicago Cubs along with RHP Adam Warren, OF Billy McKinney and OF Rashad Crawford in exchange for LHP Aroldis Chapman on July 25, 2016.

The award was established in honor of James P. Dawson (1896-1953), who began a 45-year career with The New York Times as a copy boy in 1908. Eight years later, he became boxing editor and covered boxing and baseball until his death during spring training in 1953.

Two winners of the honor, Tony Kubek in 1957 and Tom Tresh in 1962, went on to win the American League “Rookie of the Year” Award. The Dawson Award first was presented to rookie Norm Siebern by Manager Casey Stengel in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the conclusion of spring training in 1956. New York Yankees beat writers vote on the winner.

In conjunction with the award, Torres will receive a watch from Betteridge Jewelers.



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