Clarke Schmidt won’t break camp with the Yankees, but the pitching prospect made the most of his opportunities in both spring trainings. The 24-year-old right-hander on Tuesday was named the 2020 James P. Dawson Award winner, given to the most outstanding Yankees rookie in spring training.
“Highly touted coming in and has delivered in every way,” manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s very much in the conversation to be with us at some point this season and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was — not only if he was, but if he’s playing an important role for us.”
Schmidt will head to the Yankees’ training site at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to stay ready.
“I learned I can compete at this level,” Schmidt said. “Hopefully it’s just the beginning for me.”
A final decision has not been made on whether DJ LeMahieu, who arrived late to spring training 2.0 after recovering from COVID-19, would be ready to play on Opening Day. Boone said the club planned to talk about it Tuesday.
The Yankees signed lefty reliever Luis Avilan, righty reliever David Hale and catcher Chris Iannetta to major league contracts and added them to the 40-man roster.
The club also reassigned pitchers Schmidt, Deivi Garcia, Brooks Kriske, Tyler Lyons, Nick Nelson, Nick Tropeano, Miguel Yajure and Tony Zych, catcher Erik Kratz, infielder Matt Duffy and outfielders Estevan Florial and Zack Granite to the alternate training site.
Reliever Dan Otero was placed on the restricted list.
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