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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRider's Aaron Judge before a game against the Charlotte Knights at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Photo by Martin Griff

Yankees Name 2016 Kevin Lawn Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

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.

Chance Adams with the Trenton Thunder in 2016 (Photo by Martin Griff).

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.

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