Before the New York Yankees spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, the Yankees announced that they have named outfielder Aaron Judge and right-handed pitcher Chance Adams as 2016 Kevin Lawn Minor League “Player of the Year” and “Pitcher of the Year” respectfully.
Judge, 24, was one of the Yankees first-round picks in the 2013 draft and started the 2016 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where in 93 games he hit .270/.366/.489 with 18 doubles, a triple and 19 home runs. He also drove in 65 runs before earning a promotion to the big leagues on August 13, 2016. In his major-league debut, Judge hit back-to-back home runs with fellow Yankees prospect Tyler Austin. He went on to hit .179/.263/.345 in 27 games in the majors with four home runs and two doubles. So far, this spring Judge has hit .300/.375/.500 in 20 games with two doubles, a triple and two home runs.
Adams, 22, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2015 by the Yankees and opened eyes in 2016. After making his professional debut in 2015 as a reliever, he was moved into the rotation to start the 2016 season. In 12 games with the Tampa Yankees, he struck out 73 batters over 57 2/3 innings earning five wins and a 2.65 ERA in 12 starts. He earned a promotion to the Trenton Thunder on June 14, 2016, and in Double-A he earned an 8-1 record with a 2.07 ERA in 13 games, 12 starts. He struck out 71 batters over 69 2/3 innings. This spring he struck out five batters in four innings out of the bullpen for the Yankees, allowing just one run to earn a 2.25 ERA.