Monday, September 28, 2015

Quick Hit: Robert Refsnyder on the Postseason Roster?

Would the Yankees, after starting him in three consecutive games this week against left-handed starting pitching, be willing to bring the once outcast Robert Refsnyder with them back to the Bronx on their postseason roster? With Stephen Drew, Brendan Ryan and Dustin Ackley on the team many are immediately rolling their eyes and giving a definitive "NO" but it could happen Yankees fans and I'm here to tell you why.

First and foremost, and probably most importantly, Refsnyder has seemingly won back the confidence of manager Joe Girardi. Whether the team and their manager is simply that desperate for an offensive spark or not remains to be seen but where a month ago Ryan would be starting these games against left-handed pitching Refsnyder is in there and he continues to hit. Refsnyder looks uncomfortable at second base sometimes and lacks the instincts of a true second baseman, it can almost be described as a player who was drafted in 2012 as an outfielder and moved to the position due to a weak throwing arm and a weak bat for the corner outfielder... oh wait, but the Yankees may feel like they can survive with his defense if he can keep the line moving on the offensive side of the game.

Secondly it is worth mentioning that if the season ended today the New York Yankees would play host to the Houston Astros and their left-handed ace Dallas Keuchel. Refsnyder laced a double off Chris Sale as recently as this week showing that he's either incredibly lucky or not afraid of the spotlight and great pitching who may be overlooking him as a rookie bat and Refsnyder may get the start in this potential Wild Card game.

This doesn't mean that Refsnyder would be carried on the roster in a hypothetical ALDS trip for the Yankees but it wouldn't surprise me if he was on the 25 man roster for the Wild Card Playoff Round.

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