Yankees Minor League News: Robert Refsnyder Is MLB.com’s Seventh Ranked Second Base Prospect


The mlb.com rankings continue to roll on this week and the Yankees continue to get prospects on there. You know what? That’s a good thing. It’s been a while since they’ve had the talent to have so many names on the top 10 prospect list.  

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This time around, they took a look at second baseman and Rob Refsnyder checks in on the list at number seven. Here’s what mlb.com said about him:

"Refsnyder batted .476 with two homers at the 2012 College World Series, leading Arizona to the championship while winning Most Outstanding Player honors. Though he was an outfielder in college, the Yankees were intrigued by the possibility of moving him to second base, which they did in his first full professional season in 2013.The former fifth-round pick has established himself as the best pure hitter in a system loaded with seven-figure bonus babies. Refsnyder has a quality approach at the plate, recognizing pitches, controlling the strike zone and using the entire field. He showed more power in 2014 than he had in the past, and he could develop into a 15-homer threat in the Major Leagues.Refsnyder was extremely shaky when he first moved to second base, and he still has a lot of work to do there, but he could develop into an adequate defender. Though Refsnyder has solid speed and an average arm, he really doesn’t profile well at another position, and he doesn’t have the true versatility desired in a utilityman."

Stephen Drew was just added for one year. Refsnyder should be in big league camp and if he impresses could be the next man up if Drew falters.

The Yankees needed offense last season and there was talk of trying to bring up Ref to play second base before they got Drew but that failed to happen.

Between AA and AAA, Refsnyder hit .318/.387/.497 with 14 homers and 67 RBI. That’s pretty darn good.

Refsnyder is probably the Yankees prospect that’s closest to making an impact at the major league level (though John Ryan Murphy has a great shot at being Brian McCann‘s backup)

Don’t be surprised if Ref is at second base at some point this season or maybe even some right field, a place he played in college.

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