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Prospect Note: Robert Refsnyder, 2B, New York Yankees

Ryan Refnsyder
Ryan Refnsyder
Harry How

Second baseman Robert Refsnyder is one of the bright spots in the New York Yankees farm system this year. He went 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday for Triple-A Scranton, on the heels of a 2-for-5 (with a home run) day Wednesday. Overall he's hitting .298/.401/.510 in 151 at-bats over 41 games since being promoted to the International League. Combined with his .342/.385/.548 tear through Double-A, he's hit .325/.392/.533 on the season with 28 doubles, 13 homers, with 39 walks and 73 strikeouts in 379 at-bats.

Pre-season, Refsnyder was seen as a sleeper prospect by sources who follow the Yankees system closely and he's definitely lived up to that. A fifth round pick in 2012 from the University of Arizona, he had a solid '13 season with a .283/.408/.404 mark in High-A, with 78 walks and 70 strikeouts in 117 games for Tampa in the Florida State League. He's shown more power this year and scouts have always respected his pure hitting skills.

The question here is defense. He played outfield in college but didn't run well enough for center and didn't profile to have enough power at a corner spot in the majors. The Yankees moved him to second base last year; not surprisingly he struggled, making 25 errors and showing limited range around the bag. He's stuck with it this year and has made progress, lowering his error rate dramatically (he's made just one error in 33 games for Scranton) and showing improved actions.

He's not going to be a gold glove but he's athletic enough to be adequate as he builds up his experience level. Refsnyder can still handle left or right field if needed and the versatility will make it easier to fit him on a roster.

Overall, Refsnyder projects to hit for average and should provide a sound OBP with occasional flashes of pop. It would not surprise me to see him develop more home run power when he gets into his late 20s.