Rob Refsnyder expected to remain with Yankees after All-Star break


Rob Refsynder made his major league debut over the weekend against the Red Sox, but the Yankees made no promises that he’d be with the team beyond the All-Star break. Apparently they saw enough to keep him around:

Refsynder went hitless over his first five major league at-bats before hitting a single and a homer in his final two at-bats yesterday. His two-run homer ended up being the difference in an 8-6 win.

Assuming Refsynder takes over as the regular second baseman, this will push Stephen Drew to a part-time role. Drew has 12 home runs in 78 games this season and still plays good defense, but he’s batting just .182 with a .257 on-base percentage.

Refsnyder, 24, was batting .290/.387/.413 with seven home runs, 37 RBI, and 10 steals over 81 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to his call-up. He had just as many walks (44) as strikeouts. His defense is considered a work in progress, but it’s worth taking a shot on him since Drew flat out hasn’t hit dating back to last season.