The New York Yankees announced Monday that infielder Anthony Volpe is the recipient of the 2023 James P. Dawson Award, given annually to the most outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training.
Volpe, 21, is batting .314/.417/.647 (16-for-51) with 13R, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 3HR, 5RBI, 8BB and 5SB in 17 spring games. The right-handed batter, who will be making his first career Opening Day roster, enters this season as the No. 1 prospect in the Yankees organization according to Baseball America and MLB Pipeline. Volpe is also ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline and as the No. 14 prospect in baseball by Baseball America. The Watchung, N.J., native was selected by the Yankees in the first round (30th overall) of the 2019 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 Dawson 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, Volpe will receive a watch courtesy of Betteridge Jewelers.