John Harper of the New York Daily News reports that Yankees GM Brian Cashman plans, at the moment, to have Rob Refsnyder and Jose Pirela compete for the starting second base job in spring training. The Yankees may still go after a free agent, such as Asdrubal Cabrera, to fill the void, but if spring training started today, Cashman would use his internal options.
Refsnyder, 23, had a fantastic 2014 season between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, batting an aggregate .318/.387/.497 with 14 home runs and 63 RBI in 577 plate appearances. Baseball Prospectus recently rated Refsnyder as the Yankees’ sixth-best prospect.
Pirela, 25, made his major league debut in late September and performed well, batting .333 (including a double and two triples) in 25 plate appearances. With Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he posted a .792 OPS with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 581 plate appearances.