It may seem crazy to some New York Yankees’ fans to have a second baseman like Rob Refsnyder still in the minors at this point in the season, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to change.
Refsnyder has spent time with both the Double-A Trenton Thunder and Triple- A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this year. For Trenton he batted .342 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 60 games. Now in Scranton, he is batting .301 with seven home runs and 26 RBI.
The Yankees recently acquired Stephen Drew, someone they thought would be a good option at second base, and so far it hasn’t worked out for both parties. Drew is batting .171 through 10 games with the Bombers.
They aren’t trying to rush Refsynder’s major league debut, but it may be getting to a point where bringing him up is inevitable. The Yankees lack offensive production in the infield, and he would be a major asset to the Yankees’ batting order. Through 56 games in Triple-A his on base percentage is .393 and he has scored 37 runs.
Another positive about Refsynder’s game, is his ability to draw walks. His BB% ( Walk Percentage) in Triple- A is 12.3 percent, and according to Fangraphs.com, that is considered great. He has been striking out a lot though, posting a K% (Strikeout Percentage) of 18.5 percent. This is something he would have to improve on in order to make the leap to the big leagues. Big league pitching is more competitive and his K% could rise if he doesn’t start being more selective at the plate.
The Yankees have gotten rid of Brian Roberts and traded Kelly Johnson, two early season options for them at second base. They are now left with Stephen Drew to fill the position and be productive. If he doesn’t pan out the way they had hoped, don’t be surprised to see Refsynder sometime in September when the Yankees are fighting for a playoff spot.