Yankees grooming Rob Refsnyder to play more positions defensively

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Rob Refsnyder‘s chances of being the Yankees’ starting second baseman ended the moment they traded for Starlin Castro, but the team is now trying to find Refsnyder additional playing time by making him more versatile defensively.

Refsnyder will never be a traditional utility man because he can’t handle shortstop, but general manager Brian Cashman told Brendan Kuty of the Newark Star Ledger that the Yankees will give him more reps at third base along with his usual work at second base. That would make Refsnyder first in line for starts if Castro or Chase Headley get hurt and he also played some corner outfield in the minors.

Refsnyder can hit, batting .282 with a .370 on-base percentage and decent power in 194 games at Triple-A during the past two seasons, but the Yankees never seemed to trust his glove at second base. All of which is why being a part-timer at a bunch of positions could be a decent fit for the 25-year-old while giving the Yankees some pop off the bench.