Checking in with Rob Refsnyder, IL Batter of the Week

refsnyderRob Refsnyder had made a name for himself well before the Yankees took him in the fifth round of the 2012 Draft. After being drafted, Refsnyder went on to win Most Outstanding Player honors with Arizona at the College World Series. Having capped off his collegiate career on top, Refsnyder signed with the Yankees and quickly began his professional pursuit. The young second baseman hasn't stopped picking up some hardware as he journeys towards the Bronx, with his most recent honors coming on Monday, when he was named the IL Batter of the Week. In truth, Refsnyder's recognition for last week was well-deserved, but doesn't come close to telling the full story. Between May 11 and May 17, Refsnyder hit .400, with six extra-base hits (two homers and four doubles) and six RBIs. After Tuesday's game against Charlotte, however, Refsnyder is riding a ten-game hit streak and has made it on base in every game since the second game of a doubleheader against Pawtucket on April 25 (21 games). Something seems to have changed as of April 25 for Refsnyder, whose average dropped below .200 for the first time after Game 1. Since that point, Refsnyder has taken his line from .193/.233/.228 to .312/.378/.440 in large part due to the fact that he is hitting .383/.471/.583 in the month of May.

After an exciting Spring Training, Refsnyder seemed to go a little cold in April, hitting a respectable (but less than inspiring) .259/.302/.333. Prior to Sunday, however, he still had yet to hit his first home run of 2015. He managed to put one over the wall in the first inning and then repeated the feat in the fifth inning, hitting his first round trippers in 52 games. Refsnyder is never going to be a power hitter, but he has consistently shown an ability to get hits and get on base and his twelve doubles have him tied for the most in the IL.

The main knock on Refsnyder has been his defense at second base, a position he hadn't played in college. In fact, he found himself back in right field a bit last season, but this year he has stuck at second base, and while he still has some room for improvement he seems to be making progress. He even had this nice play, stealing a base hit from Eury Perez.  With plenty of questions about Stephen Drew and his utter lack of productiveness, the Yankees won't be able to ignore Refsnyder much longer if he keeps this up.