Rob Refsnyder becomes talk among the Yankees 18


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.”

18 thoughts on “Rob Refsnyder becomes talk among the Yankees

  • tom

    I read somewhere that his college coach said he has solid outfield arm strength but Yankees moved him to 2B because of light offensive tools. So what is of SS?

    I heard Yankees have inquired about Cubs' SS….. I want Arismendy Alcantara, not Starlin Castro nor Javier Baez.

  • hotdog

    I'm glad that a few of our minor leaguers are having "up" years…2013 saw a lot of disappointment…seems like Sanchez has stabilized things at AA…maybe he's got a 2015 debut…

  • Rob Abruzzese

    Roberts is hitting .294/.314/.515 over his last 17 games. That's going to make it hard for the Yankees to call Refsnyder up. I would be shocked if he weren't a September call-up though.

  • mikewolfrm83139

    he sounds like a good prospect for Yankees to call up…never heard much about his personal attitudes or character…what you do when you'e not in the batting cage…he is young and strong physically…the game of baseball also requires good emotional balance and spritual faith component. When it gets down and dirty how will he respond? It's not always easy to predict the tough times before they come…peace [SHALOM] Mike Wolf

  • Michael R

    How about using Refsnyder in the OF, that's where he played when drafted. Call up the hot bat instead of Almonte.

  • cyril morley

    The New York Yankees have pitcher in there farm system, don,t trade away young player for pass time player. The Yankees GM singular to don,t trust young player, that ever teams dream young players and cheap. Pitcher to look at out the farm is Rafael Depaula, Ronny Batista, Luis Rodriguez, Chris Cabrera, Rookie Davis, Luis Severino, Manny Banuelos, Omar Luis, Julian Nunez & Jario Heredia. Catcher to use Gary Sanchez, John R Murphy & Austin Romine. First Base to use Greg Bird, Second Base to use Angelo Gumbs, Rob Refsnyder, Anderson Feliz & Jose Pirela. Third Base to use Eric Jagielo, Miguel Ardyjar & Matt Duran. Like to see most these players in yankees uniform

  • Balt Yank

    I don't get what the Yankees are waiting for. Get Jose Pirela for 2B, Almonte for OF, and a real pitcher for our fifth starter. Why continue with Kevin Johnson, who started LF the last game??? How about moving Adam Warren to the starting rotation. The Yankee bullpen is good but needs protection more than another RP. It isn't rocket science.

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