Monday, July 20, 2015

ICYMI: Girardi Implies Rob Refsnyder Is The Regular Second Baseman

By: Bryan Van Dusen

EDIT: What a sham this turned out to be

In his pregame press conference, Joe Girardi shed some light on the second base situation.
"We have to do something here."

After 81 games with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, in which he put up a batting line of .290/.387/.413 with 7 home runs and 10 stolen bases, the Yankees called up second baseman Rob Refsnyder. Many Yankees fans have been begging to see Rob called up for some time, especially after Stephen Drew hit .182/.257/.372 in the first half of the season.

Since then people have been trying to figure out what the Yankees were going to do once Brendan Ryan and Carlos Beltran came back from the disabled list. The biggest fear has been that Ref would be sent back down, and we'd have to deal with the all-glove/no-bat Drew for the remainder of the season.

But earlier today Girardi said this...

We want [Drew] to be able to play all three positions, second, short and third. We’ve asked our middle infielders to be able to do that if you want to give Headley a day off, if you want to give Didi a day off, obviously he’s going to play some second as well. Those sort of things. He’s prepared to go in anywhere.

That doesn't sound to me like Drew is going to be the everyday second baseman anymore. And something tells me Brendan Ryan is not that guy either. So it looks like Rob Refsnyder will get regular playing time at second base, while Stephen Drew will be the team's utility infielder.

Personally I love this news. Drew has value as a late-inning defensive replacement, has some pop in his bat, and can defend well at second, shortstop, and third base.

So does that mean Brendan Ryan's time in pinstripes is up when Beltran returns? What about the rarely seen Garrett Jones? A reliever? I don't know... stay tuned.


  1. CLARIFIANTE ( French ) that me ? No, but sometimes I give it a shot.
    I'm just an Irish guy with sea legs, who has seen some things.

    My shot tonight, is what the Yankees will do at the trading deadline.
    This all came to me tonight, as I was moving around plants on my deck, and had sent
    six Coors Light on to meet Jesus.

    I see...............The Yankees trading for Scott Kazmir....for a prospect of a pitcher
    like Bryan Mitchell, and a OF like Austin, or Flores. If not another prospect.
    I see...............The Yankees trading for Martin Prado....for Rob Refsnyder, and a
    young arm, like Danny Burawa....who will come back to haunt the Yankees.

    I think if those trades happen....the squad has reloaded. For the good, I hope.

    1. Kazmir for Mitchell and Austin I make every day of the week if Kazmir is healthy.

      Not even going to comment on Prado for Ref, you should know where I stand by now.

  2. Patrick, the man of many Sea's...
    Refsy for a 31+ infielder/utilaty man...very good player though he may be...No way! I would like to have Prado but not for Refsy.
    We do have a plethora of outfielders for trade be it...most teams want a Brett type of guy in the out field (CF).


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