Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Official Press Release for Minor League Player/Pitcher of the Year Awards

NY Yankees Name Former RiverDogs Infielder Rob Refsnyder & RHP Luis Severino Winners of the
2014 Kevin Lawn “Player of the Year” and
“Pitcher of the Year” Awards

CHARLESTON, SC -- The New York Yankees have announced that former Charleston RiverDogs infielder Rob Refsnyder and right-handed pitcher Luis Severino, another former RiverDog, were named winners of the 2014 Kevin Lawn Award as the Yankees’ minor league “Player of the Year” and “Pitcher of the Year,” respectively. The two players received their awards prior to the Yankees vs. Orioles game 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.

Refsnyder, 24, split the season with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, combining to bat .318 (164-for-515) with 82R, 38 doubles, 6 triples, 14HR and 63RBI in 137 games. The 2012 fifth-round draft pick ranked third among all Yankees minor leaguers in batting average. Following the season, he was tabbed an Organization All-Star by and ranked as the Yankees’ seventh-best prospect by Baseball America.

Severino, 21, combined to go 6-5 with a 2.46 ERA (113.1IP, 31ER) in 24 starts with Single-A Charleston, Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. He allowed three earned runs or fewer in 23 of his 24 starts, posting a 1.96 ERA (110.0IP, 24ER) in those games. The right-hander led all Yankee minor leaguers in strikeouts (127) and competed for the World Team in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. Following the season, he was named an Organization All-Star by and was tabbed the Yankees’ best prospect by Baseball America.

Each player was presented with a trophy designed by C&C Awards, as well as a designer watch, courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.
New York Yankees Kevin Lawn Award Winners

Player of the Year Pitcher of the Year

2014 *INF Rob Refsnyder (TRE/SWB) *RHP Luis Severino (CHA/TAM/TRE)

2013 *INF 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 Nunez (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 (Sarasota)

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/Nashville)

1982 OF Matt Winters (GBO/Nashville) RHP Bob Tewksbury (FTL)

1981 1B Don Mattingly (COL) LHP Pete Filson (FTL/Nashville)

1980 1B Steve Balboni (Nashville) RHP Gene Nelson (FTL)

 *Denotes former Charleston RiverDog 

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