James P. Dawson Award

The New York Yankees Spring Training Most Valuable Rookie

The James P. Dawson Award has been awarded annually since 1956 to the New York Yankees rookie player who had the best Spring Training performance.

" Siebern is one of those players that if you could clone him and run his career over again, he might well be a Hall of Famer." - Bill James in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (Free Press, 05/11/2010, 'Norm Siebern', Page 455)
James P. Dawson Award

In Chronological Order

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Dawson Award (Quantity)

Position
1956 New York Yankees Norm Siebern Outfielder
1957 New York Yankees Tony Kubek Shortstop
1958 New York Yankees Johnny Blanchard Catcher
1959 New York Yankees Gordie Windhorn Outfielder
1960 New York Yankees Johnny James Pitcher
1961 New York Yankees Rollie Sheldon Pitcher
1962 New York Yankees Tom Tresh Shortstop
1963 New York Yankees Pedro Gonzalez Second Baseman
1964 New York Yankees Pete Mikkelsen Pitcher

1965 New York Yankees

Arturo Lopez

Outfielder

1966 New York Yankees

Roy White

Outfielder

1967 New York Yankees

Bill Robinson

Outfielder

1968 New York Yankees

Mike Ferraro

Third Baseman

1969 New York Yankees

Jerry Kenney

Outfielder
Bill Burbach Pitcher

1970 New York Yankees

John Ellis

First Baseman

1971 New York Yankees

No Selection Made n/a

1972 New York Yankees

Rusty Torres

Outfielder

1973 New York Yankees

Otto Velez

Outfielder

1974 New York Yankees

Tom Buskey

Pitcher

1975 New York Yankees

Tippy Martinez

Pitcher

1976 New York Yankees

Willie Randolph

Second Baseman

1977 New York Yankees

George Zeber

Second Baseman

1978 New York Yankees

Jim Beattie

Pitcher

1979 New York Yankees

Paul Mirabella

Pitcher

1980 New York Yankees

Mike Griffin

Pitcher

1981 New York Yankees

Gene Nelson

Pitcher

1982 New York Yankees

Andre Robertson

Shortstop

1983 New York Yankees

Don Mattingly

First Baseman

1984 New York Yankees

Jose Rijo

Pitcher

1985 New York Yankees

Scott Bradley

Catcher

1986 New York Yankees

Bob Tewksbury

Pitcher

1987 New York Yankees

Kevin Hughes

Outfielder

1988 New York Yankees

Al Leiter

Pitcher

1989 New York Yankees

No Selection Made n/a

1990 New York Yankees

Alan Mills

Pitcher

1991 New York Yankees

Hensley Meulens

Outfielder

1992 New York Yankees

Gerald Williams

Outfielder

1993 New York Yankees

Mike Humphreys

Outfielder

1994 New York Yankees

Sterling Hitchcock

Pitcher

1995 New York Yankees

No Selection Made n/a

1996 New York Yankees

Mark Hutton

Pitcher

1997 New York Yankees

Jorge Posada

Catcher

1998 New York Yankees

Homer Bush

Second Baseman

1999 New York Yankees

No Selection Made n/a

2000 New York Yankees

No Selection Made n/a

2001 New York Yankees

Alfonso Soriano

Second Baseman

2002 New York Yankees

Nick Johnson

First Baseman

2003 New York Yankees

Hideki Matsui

Outfielder

2004 New York Yankees

Bubba Crosby

Outfielder

2005 New York Yankees

Andy Phillips

First Baseman

2006 New York Yankees

Eric Duncan

Third Baseman

2007 New York Yankees

Kei Igawa

Pitcher

2008 New York Yankees

Shelley Duncan

Outfielder

2009 New York Yankees

Brett Gardner

Outfielder
2010 New York Yankees Jon Weber Outfielder
2011 New York Yankees Manny Banuelos Pitcher
2012 New York Yankees David Phelps Pitcher
2013 New York Yankees Vidal Nuno Pitcher
2014 New York Yankees Masahiro Tanaka Pitcher
2015 New York Yankees Slade Heathcott Outfielder
2016 New York Yankees Johnny Barbato Pitcher
2017 New York Yankees Gleyber Torres Second Baseman
2018 New York Yankees Miguel Andujar Third Baseman

2019 New York Yankees

Not Yet Announced

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Dawson Award (Quantity)

Position

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Which Spring Training "champions" went on to win Rookie of the Year Award honors? Tony Kubek (1957) and Tom Tresh (1962).
In 1908, James P. Dawson was a copy boy with the New York Times . By 1916, he was a beat writer and editor who covered the New York Yankees until his passing at Spring Training, in 1953.
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