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New York Yankees Prospect Rob Refsnyder Can Help Team’s Horrid Offense

July 1st, 2014 at 1:43 PM
By Michael Moraitis

Infielder Rob Refsnyder is a rising star in the New York Yankees' minor-league system and it's time the team bring him up to the majors in order to provide a spark to the Yanks' infield, and in particular, their offense.

Refsnyder, a former College World Series MVP for the Arizona Wildcats, is quickly rising the ranks of Yankee prospects and is about as ready-made a major leaguer as the Yanks have. His numbers tell the story of a guy who has figured things out and is ready for a shot at the big show.

Refsnyder started off the season at Double-A where he hit six homers and knocked in 30 runs while sporting an impressive .342 average in 60 games. Since moving up to Triple-A, Refsnyder hasn't missed a beat with his .364 average and three long balls and nine RBI.

General manager Brian Cashman has even publicly noted Refsnyder's dominance on the farm, per Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork:

"He is rising like a meteor," Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "He is moving himself up the ladder, no doubt about it with that bat."

The 23-year-old looks like a great combination of power and hitting for average, while he can also steal an occasional base when necessary. His defense has never been great, but it looks like he's gotten better at second base. Refsnyder can also play the outfield a bit.

Most of the things Refsnyder may be able to do in a Yankee uniform are exactly the kinds of traits the Yanks' current second baseman, Brian Roberts, doesn't have.

Roberts is hitting a dreadful .236 as the guy playing next to Derek Jeter almost every day. It was great to see him hit a homer on Monday night to tie a game the Yanks eventually lost, but it's clear Roberts is never going to be a power hitter and is not the guy that played with the Baltimore Orioles all those years.

He isn't getting on base enough and his bat is far too inconsistent for the Yanks to keep in the lineup when their offense is struggling as badly as it is. After all, Refsnyder couldn't possibly make things worse for New York's anemic run production.

Refsnyder could be the infusion of youth the Yanks have been looking for. He's a pair of fresh legs with the potential to contribute more in the batter's box and in the field than Roberts can, plus he's a player that can help bring the Yanks into the next generation of their infield.

The only viable reason not to bring Refsnyder up at this point is because the Yanks are looking to deal him. That's certainly possible with the team exploring several different options in July, although if Refsnyder comes up and does poorly, his value will greatly decrease.

Refsnyder remains one of the few guys in the minors that could actually benefit the Yanks now, which is why he must be brought up as soon as possible in order to find out for sure.

Tags: Baseball, Brian Cashman, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, rob refsnyder

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