Yankees Name RHP Deivi Garcia and 1B Chris Gittens Winners of the 2019 Kevin Lawn Awards

The New York Yankees announced that right-handed pitcher Deivi García and first baseman Chris Gittens were named winners of the 2019 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ minor league “Pitcher of the Year” and “Player of the Year,” respectively.  

The annual awards are dedicated to Kevin O’Brien Lawn—the son of longtime Yankees Vice President and Chief of Operations Jack Lawn—who passed away in 1999. García, 20, combined to go 5-9 with a 4.28 ERA (111.1IP, 96H, 58R/53ER, 54BB, 165K, 10HR) in 26 games (21 starts) between Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2019. His 13.34 K/9.0IP ratio ranked fourth among all minor league pitchers (min. 75.0IP) while his 165 strikeouts were the most in the Yankees organization.

The 2019 Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star also started for the American League in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in Cleveland, tossing a 1-2-3 first inning (1.0IP, 1K). He struck out a career-high 15 batters over six scoreless frames on June 18 vs. Richmond to earn Eastern League “Pitcher of the Week” honors.

This offseason, García was tabbed by Baseball America as the Yankees’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 65 prospect in all of baseball, and was named the top prospect in the Yankees organization by MLB Pipeline. The youngest player in Yankees camp this spring, he was added to the 40-man roster on Nov. 20, 2019.

The Bonao, D.R., native was originally signed by the club as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2015. Gittens, 26, won the 2019 Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .281/.393/.500 (112-for-398) with 58R, 16 doubles, 23HR, 77RBI and 71BB in 115 games for Double-A Trenton.

An MiLB.com Organization All-Star and Eastern League Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star, he led all Yankees minor leaguers in RBI and tied for second in home runs while pacing the Eastern League in home runs, RBI and OPS (.893). The Sherman, Tex., native was originally selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Grayson College (Tex.). Each player will be presented with a trophy designed by C&C Awards, as well as a designer watch, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers. 


NEW YORK YANKEES KEVIN LAWN AWARD WINNERS                     Player of the Year                                                Pitcher of the Year2019           1B Chris Gittens (TRE)                                              RHP Deivi García (TAM/TRE/SWB)2018           INF Brandon Wagner (TAM/TRE)                            RHP Michael King (TAM/TRE/SWB)2017           3B Miguel Andújar (TRE/SWB)                                RHP Domingo Acevedo (TAM/TRE/SWB)2016           OF Aaron Judge (SWB)                                            RHP Chance Adams (TAM/TRE)2015           C Gary Sánchez (TRE/SWB)                                     RHP Luis Severino (TRE/SWB)2014           INF Rob Refsnyder (TRE/SWB)                                RHP Luis Severino (CHA/TAM/TRE)2013           1B Greg Bird (CHA)                                                  RHP Shane Greene (TAM/TRE)2012           OF Tyler Austin (GCL/CHA/TAM/TRE)                    RHP Mark Montgomery (TAM/TRE)2011           C Austin Romine (TRE/SWB)                                   RHP D. J. Mitchell (SWB)2010           SS Eduardo Nuñez (SWB)                                        RHP David Phelps (TRE/SWB)2009           C Austin Romine (TAM)                                          RHP Zach McAllister (TRE)2008           OF Brett Gardner (SWB)                                          LHP Phil Coke (TRE/SWB)2007           OF Austin Jackson (CHA/TAM/SWB)                     RHP Ian Kennedy (TAM/TRE/SWB)2006           1B Cody Ehlers (TAM)                                              RHP Phil Hughes (TRE)2005           OF Kevin Thompson (COL/TRE)                             RHP Matt DeSalvo (TRE)2004           1B Andy Phillips (COL/TRE)                                    RHP Chien-Ming Wang (TRE/COL)2003           C Dioner Navarro (TAM/TRE)                                  RHP Jorge DePaula (COL)2002           2B Andy Phillips (COL/NOR)                                  LHP Danny Borrell (NOR/TAM)                                                                                        RHP Jorge DePaula (NOR)2001           OF Juan Rivera (COL/NOR)                                     LHP Brandon Claussen (NOR/TAM)                    OF Marcus Thames (NOR)2000           3B Scott Seabol (NOR)                                            LHP Randy Keisler (COL)1999           2B D’Angelo Jimenez (COL)                                  LHP Ed Yarnall (COL)                    1B Nick Johnson (NOR)                                           1998           1B Nick Johnson (TAM)                                           RHP Ryan Bradley (TAM/NOR/COL)1997           3B Mike Lowell (COL/NOR)                                    LHP Eric Milton (NOR/TAM)1996           OF Ricky Ledee (COL/NOR)                                   RHP Jay Tessmer (TAM)1995           SS Derek Jeter (COL)                                               RHP Matt Drews (TAM)1994           SS Derek Jeter (TAM/ALB/COL)                             LHP Andy Pettitte (COL/ALB)1993           OF Billy Masse (COL)                                               LHP Ryan Karp (ALB/PRW/GBO)1992           1B J.T. Snow (COL)                                                  RHP Sam Militello (COL)1991           C Kiki Hernandez (GBO/PW)                                  RHP Ed Martel (ALB/COL)                    SS Dave Silvestri (ALB)                                            RHP Sam Militello (PW/ALB)1990           OF Hensley Meulens (COL)                                    RHP Dave Eiland (COL)1989           1B Hal Morris (COL)                                                 LHP Steve Adkins (FTL/ALB)1988           1B Kevin Maas (PRW/ALB)                                      RHP Todd Malone (SAR)1987           OF Darren Reed (COL)                                            RHP Dana Ridenour (FTL)1986           3B Chris Alvarez (FTL)                                             RHP Logan Easley (ALB)1985           OF Dan Pasqua (COL)                                              RHP Brad Arnsberg (ALB)1984           C/OF Scott Bradley (COL)                                       LHP Jim Deshaies (COL)1983           OF Brian Dayett (COL)                                             RHP Jose Rijo (FTL/NSH)1982           OF Matt Winters (GBO/NSH)                                   RHP Bob Tewksbury (FTL)1981           1B Don Mattingly (COL)                                          LHP Pete Filson (FTL/NSH)1980           1B Steve Balboni (NSH)                                           RHP Gene Nelson (FTL)