As part of Spring Training the New York Yankees give out the Kevin Lawn Awards to their Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Player of the Year. This year the awards were bestowed on two of the Bombers top young talents, Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino.
This is the first time that right-handed pitcher Luis Severino received the award after rocketing through the farm system the last 2 seasons. Severino. 22. Went 9-2 with a 2.45 ERA with 27 earned runs over 99 1/3 innings pitched between the Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders before making his MLB debut. He made 11 starts in the big leagues with the Yankees over the final 2 months of the season compiling a 5-3 record with 20 earned runs allowed in 62 1/3 innings pitched, good for a 2.89 ERA.
Gary Sanchez, 23, hit a combined .274 for the Yankees top 2 affiliates in 2015, going 100-for-365 with 23 doubles, 18 homeruns and 62 RBIs for the Thunder and RailRiders. He ranked second among all of the Yankees minor leaguers in home runs and went on to make his major league debut in September before reporting to the Arizona Fall League to continue his season where he hit .295 leading the league with 7 homeruns as well as being named the AFL Fall Stars Game Star of the Game.