Thursday, February 12, 2015

ICYMI: Rob Refsnyder Ranks 13th in International League Prospects

Baseball America released they're top 20 prospect in the International League, I was intrigued.

First of all, the International League is AAA, meaning players at that level could contribute to the big club very soon. It's not like we're seeing a high ranking for a guy that's still in single A ball, who likely won't even sniff MLB action for years.

Secondly, the player for Scranton that appeared on the list has been mentioned as somebody that could make the Yankees' 2015 Opening Day roster. That guy is Rob Refsnyder.

While the list itself (as well as lists for every league in the minors, at every level) is free to look at, you'd have to pay for the scouting reports. But since other places copy and paste the scouting reports, so will I...
“Refsnyder’s short, powerful stroke from the right side is polished, and when combined with a keen batting eye, he projects to hit for average and get on base at a high rate.”
The write-up also notes that Refsnyder “lacks fluidity and must improve his double-play pivot skills.” One scout said he is “a work in progress, but the bottom line is he can hit.”

All of that makes me believe that, while he probably shouldn't be a starter for the Yankees right away, Refnsyder should get a spot on the bench next season. That way he can learn from the best, be that coaches and players, and possibly take over a larger role in 2016 when a starting spot is likely available.

And finally, with his experience at both 2B and RF, Refsnyder would likely get plenty of playing time even in New York. He's almost a younger version of Martin Prado.


  1. JOSH would he look batting 3-5 in this years line-up ?
    Great piece over at River Ave today, regarding just this idea.

    Two off years in Anaheim, and word is, is that the Angels want to move Hamilton.
    Even paying a good chunk of monies owed.

    This is the type of player that George Steinbrenner would rush to.
    A masher, a thumper, a lefty destroyer. A guy who would hit home runs at Yankee Stadium
    by accident.
    And, by all accounts is available.
    Put him back on track, and you will have a Big Popi for years to come. Perhaps even better.

    I know all the cliques, don't waste your time repeating them.
    But, really, can you imagine ? I do.

    1. He destroys baseballs in Yankee Stadium but his production has been on the decline for a while and he probably won't even make Opening Day.

      If the package and contract is cheap, sure why not. I doubt it would be though.

  2. ZELOUS WHEELER vs YOAN MONCADA....I had to start this sentence some where.

    Great line today...
    " If there where a line-up spot lower than ninth, that is where Stephen Drew fits in."

    No more beating a dead horse, regarding Yoan Moncada...( The words below are not mine )
    Posted by MLB scouts:

    " By all accounts, the 19-year-old Moncada is a potential superstar. He’s a switch-hitter with power

    and speed who most expect to wind up at second, or third base long-term.

    Moncada’s tools are those of the game’s top shortstop prospects and, in a nutshell, Moncada is as good as anyone.

    His worst tool is his fielding skill, and are rated that as average.

    Everything else is above-average, or better."

    And there he sits.

    1. He's your stereotypical Yankee. Switch hitter. Power hitter. Average hitter. Speed. Defense. Everything. Sign him.


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