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Nuno named top rookie in Yankees camp

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 28, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A quick blog post while I’m packing seven weeks of my life into a suitcase…

Jose Pirela, Preston Claiborne and Brett Marshall were awfully good this spring, but there were really two candidates to be the Yankees top rookie in big league camp. Could have voted for Ronnier Mustelier (.314/.368/.571 with two homers including a walkoff), or could have voted for the guy who actually won the award. It was a close vote, and I’ll admit that I voted for the winner. Here’s the announcement from the Yankees (we’ll have to wait to find out whether Nuno will be announced as a member of the Opening Day roster).

The New York Yankees today announced that left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno is the recipient of the 2013 James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training. Nuno received the award in a pre-game ceremony today, prior to the Yankees’ 1:05 p.m. game vs. the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Nuno, 25, went 1-1 with one save and a 0.61 ERA (14.2IP, 1ER) in seven appearances (two starts) this spring (10H, 1R, 4BB, 13K). In 2012, he went 10-6 with a 2.54 ERA (138.1IP, 39ER) in 31 appearances (21 starts) with the Single-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, leading all Yankees farmhands in ERA and strikeouts and tying for third in wins. A California native, he attended Baker University in Kansas and was signed by the Yankees as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2011. Nuno was originally selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 48th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

The award was established in honor of James P. Dawson (1896-1953), who began a 45-year career with The New York Times as a copy boy in 1908. Eight years later, he became boxing editor and covered boxing and baseball until his death during spring training in 1953.

Two winners of the honor, Tony Kubek in 1957 and Tom Tresh in 1962, went on to win the American League “Rookie of the Year” Award. The award first was presented to rookie Norm Siebern by Manager Casey Stengel in St. Petersburg, Fla., at the conclusion of spring training in 1956. New York Yankees beat writers vote on the winner.

In conjunction with the award, Nuno received an Elysee watch from Manfredi Jewels.

James P. Dawson Award winners
· 1956…Norm Siebern OF
· 1957…Tony Kubek SS
· 1958…John Blanchard C
· 1959…Gordon Windhorn OF
· 1960… John James P
· 1961…Rollie Sheldon P
· 1962…Tom Tresh SS
· 1963…Pedro Gonzalez 2B
· 1964…Pete Mikkelsen P
· 1965…Arturo Lopez OF
· 1966…Roy White OF
· 1967…Bill Robinson OF
· 1968…Mike Ferraro 3B
· 1969…Jerry Kenney OF/ Bill Burbach P
· 1970…John Ellis 1B/C
· 1971…None Selected
· 1972…Rusty Torres OF
· 1973…Otto Velez OF
· 1974…Tom Buskey P
· 1975…Tippy Martinez P
· 1976…Willie Randolph 2B
· 1977…George Zeber INF
· 1978…Jim Beattie P
· 1979…Paul Mirabella P
· 1980…Mike Griffin P
· 1981…Gene Nelson P
· 1982…Andre Robertson SS
· 1983…Don Mattingly 1B
· 1984…Jose Rijo P
· 1985…Scott Bradley C
· 1986…Bob Tewksbury P
· 1987…Keith Hughes OF
· 1988…Al Leiter P
· 1989…None Selected
· 1990…Alan Mills P
· 1991…Hensley Meulens OF
· 1992…Gerald Williams OF
· 1993…Mike Humphreys OF
· 1994…Sterling Hitchcock P
· 1995…None Selected
· 1996…Mark Hutton P
· 1997…Jorge Posada C
· 1998…Homer Bush INF
· 1999…None Selected
· 2000…None Selected
· 2001…Alfonso Soriano 2B
· 2002…Nick Johnson 1B
· 2003…Hideki Matsui OF
· 2004…Bubba Crosby OF
· 2005…Andy Phillips INF
· 2006…Eric Duncan INF
· 2007…Kei Igawa P
· 2008…Shelley Duncan INF/OF
· 2009…Brett Gardner OF
· 2010…Jon Weber OF
· 2011…Manny Banuelos P
· 2012…David Phelps P
· 2013…Vidal Nuno P

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