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New York Yankees Johnny Barbato Wins 2016 James P. Dawson Award



According to a New York Yankees press release, on Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees announced that right-handed rookie pitcher Johnny Barbato is the recipient of the James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the most outstanding rookie in spring training.

Barbato went 0-1 with two saves and a 1.74 ERA  in 10 relief appearances in Grapefruit League action. Over five minor league seasons, the 23-year-old has an 18-15 record with 36 saves, a 3.55 ERA and 326 strikeouts in 179 career appearances (20 starts). The Miami, Fla., native was acquired from the San Diego Padres in exchange for right-handed pitcher Shawn Kelley on December 29, 2014. Barbato was originally a sixth-round selection by the Padres in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.


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