Banuelos named Yanks’ most outstanding spring rookie

Yankees left-hander Manny Banuelos will receive the James P. Dawson award, issued annually to the top rookie in Spring Training, before today’s Grapefruit League finale against the Detroit Tigers.

Banuelos, 20, was 1-1 with a 2.13 ERA in six games (two starts) spanning 12 2/3 innings. Banuelos allowed three earned runs, walking eight and striking out 14 while allowing a home run.

The award was established in honor of Dawson, a longtime editor and writer who began a 45-year career with The New York Times as a copy boy in 1908. He covered boxing and baseball until his death during Spring Training in 1953.

Banuelos will be presented with his award by Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

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