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.