Yankees name Minor League players of year

Yankees name Minor League players of year

TAMPA, Fla. -- Outfielder Tyler Austin and right-hander Mark Montgomery were named winners of the Yankees' 2012 Kevin Lawn Award as the club's Minor League "Player of the Year" and "Pitcher of the Year," respectively.

The players received their awards prior to Friday's game against the Marlins. 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.

Austin, 21, combined to hit .322 with 17 home runs and 80 RBIs in 110 games across four levels last year, leading all Yankees Minor Leaguers in batting average for the second consecutive season, while ranking third in RBIs and fourth in stolen bases (23).

Montgomery, 22, split the season between Class A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, combining to go 7-2 with 15 saves and a 1.54 ERA in 46 appearances, leading all Yankees farmhands in saves.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.