Yankees 2012 5th round draft pick: Robert Refsnyder

With their fifth round draft pick (187th overall) in the MLB first-year player draft, the Yankees took a 6-foot-0, 195-pounds, second baseman out of the University of Arizona, Robert Refsnyder.

Born in South Korea before being adopted by American parents, the 21-year-old Refsnyder is a right handed hitting outfielder with a good bat, but isn’t expected to hit for much power. That’s probably why the Yankees drafted him as  a second baseman. His bat is impressive though, scouts see him ultimately becoming a .300 hitter in the majors who could hit upwards of 20 homers a season. He’s got average-to-above-average speed and a plus arm so if he does develop some power the outfield isn’t totally out of the question.

In 58 games this season he hit .353/.438/.543 with six homers and 12 stolen bases and was named to the Pac-12’s All-Conference team this year. He credits his success to his parents, whom he refers to as, “the little white lady and my 6-foot-8 inch dad.”

In high school he won a gold medal with the USA Youth National Team in 2007 and set school records for highest career batting average and highest single season average. He also played football and basketball back then.

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2 Responses to Yankees 2012 5th round draft pick: Robert Refsnyder

  1. Carol Armenta says:

    Atta Boy Robert, another Laguna Hills High School athlete soaring on!! Congrats!!! THe Hawks are proud of you!!

  2. hotdog says:

    funny to see this following the comment above…he really has/had promise…

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