For the last few months, all anyone could talk about was Rob Refsnyder, the young Yankees prospect who has been making a name for himself in the Minor Leagues. He’s been the breakout star that has fans speculating when he’ll be called up, but Refsnyder believes it could be a while before we see him in Yankees pinstripes.
“I enjoy every moment here,” Refsnyder said to the New York Daily News. “I think that’s maybe why I’ve been successful in some pressure situations. I kind of stay in the now and don’t get caught up in the other stuff.
“I’ll enjoy it my first time there — it’ll be something I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. But it still feels kind of a long ways away.”
While Refnsyder struggled while in Class-A Charleston, he did a fantastic job during his time between Double-A and Triple-A this season with a .333 AVG, 11 HR, 41-extra base-hits and a .401 OBP. Refnsyder credits Double-A hitting coach (and former Yankee) Marcus Thames for his jump in power numbers.
“I was working underneath the ball,” said Refsnyder. “Marcus was pretty frank: he said ,‘This isn’t going to work.’ So we went back to the drawing board. He stood me up a little more upright, redid my posture at the plate, and that helped me get more direct to the baseball.
“I think that really helped me on the inside pitch this year, and I think that’s why my power numbers have sparked a little bit. I’m able to get to some of the pitches I wasn’t able to last year. “
Refsnyder was originally a corner outfielder before the Yankees converted him into an infielder because they didn’t believe he hit well enough to play a corner outfield position. However, with the Yankees needing an outfielder after designating Alfonso Soriano for assignment and with Refsnyder climbing his way up the minor league system, Refsnyder will begin making starts in the outfield next week for Scranton.
“I’m not presently looking to call him up, but he’s demanding that we pay attention,” Cashman said. “If he came up here (in the coming weeks), it would likely be in the outfield.”
With all this surrounding him, Refsnyder is unfazed.
I just stay in my routine,” he said. “The guys always make fun of me because I’m always in the cage but I think, for me personally, that’s how I get better, through swings and hours in the cage.
“I’ll let everybody else worry about all the other stuff.”