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The New York Yankees announced today that right-handed pitcher Michael King and infielder Brandon Wagner were named winners of the 2018 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ minor league “Pitcher of the Year” and “Player of the Year,” respectively. The two players received their awards prior to today’s Yankees game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field.


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.


King, 23, combined to go 11-5 with two complete games and a 1.79 ERA (161.1IP, 118H, 43R/32ER, 29BB, 152K, 8HR) in 25 games (24 starts) with Single-A Tampa, Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. In addition to ranking second among all minor leaguers in ERA (min. 100.0IP), the Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star led Yankees farmhands in strikeouts and ERA and was second in wins. In his first month at the Triple-A level, the Rochester, N.Y., native earned International League August “Pitcher of the Month” honors after going 3-0 with a 1.09 ERA (33.0IP, 4ER) in five starts. Following the season, he was named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Second Team and was ranked the No. 5 prospect in the Yankees organization by the same publication.


Wagner, 23, hit .267/.380/.461 (116-for-434) with 68R, 21 doubles, 21HR, 67RBI and 70BB in 124 games between Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. Among Yankees minor leaguers, the left-handed hitter ranked second in home runs and fourth in RBI en route to Organization All-Star accolades. He was named a Florida State League Mid-Season All-Star and finished tied for second in the league with 20HR. The Princeton, N.J., native made multiple starts at first, second and third base.


Each player was presented with a trophy designed by C&C Awards, as well as a designer watch, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.





                    Player of the Year                                                Pitcher of the Year

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)


SOURCE: Rob Morse

Senior Coordinator, Communications and Media Relations

New York Yankees

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