Sunday, March 19, 2023

Top Yankees Prospects Dominguez & Warren Win Kevin Lawn Awards


Jasson Dominguez & Will Warren with their Kevin Lawn Awards on Sunday. @Yankees.

The Yankees announced that two of their highly-touted prospects were winners of the 2022 Kevin Long Awards. Outfielder Jasson Dominguez was honored as the minor league Position Player of the Year, and right-handed pitcher Will Warren was named the minor league Pitcher of the Year.

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.

Jasson Dominguez has dazzled this spring training, living up to his nickname, The Martian, bestowed on him for his otherworldly talents. 

The 20-year-old had a superb season in 2022, his first full professional season. He hit .273 (123-for-451), with a .375 on-base percentage and a .461 slugging percentage, with 16 home runs, 59 RBI, with 92 runs scored, 23 doubles, 72 walks, seven triples, and 37 stolen bases in 120 combined games between Single-A Tampa, High-A Hudson Valley, and Double-A Somerset.

Dominguez was named an Organization All-Star after he led all Yankees minor leaguers in runs scored (92) and ranked second in hits (123) and total bases (208). He also ranked high among Yankee minor leaguers in these categories: second in triples (7), third in walks (72), tied for third in extra-base hits (46), tied for fourth in stolen bases (37), and fifth in doubles (23).

The Esperanza, Dominican Republic, native was signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on June 2, 2019, and he is ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees' No. 3 prospect and No. 67 overall prospect in Major League Baseball. MLB Pipeline ranks him second in the Yankees system and 47th in MLB among prospects.

Will Warren also had his first full professional season in 2022. The 23-year-old went a combined 9-9 with a 3.91 ERA (earned run average), as he threw 129.0 innings, with 125 strikeouts, nearly one per inning; and allowed 56 earned runs (70 overall), 119 hits, 125 walks, and 10 home runs, in 26 starts with High-A Hudson Valley and Double-A Somerset.

Warren allowed one-run-or-fewer in 12 starts, including four scoreless outings. Among Yankee minor leaguers, he ranked second in games started (26), fourth in innings pitched (129.0), and tied for fourth in wins (9). 

The Yankees drafted the Brandon, Mississippi, native in the eighth round of the 2021 First-Year Player Draft out of Southeastern Louisiana University. He enters this season as the No. 7 prospect by Baseball America, who also labeled him with the "Best Slider" in the Yankees organization. He ranks as the No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

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