The Yankees Long Term Second Base Situation

Cleary the Yankees are not going to stick with Brian Roberts forever. Even if he stays with them the entire season, the Yankees will be looking elsewhere at second base after this season.

One option is former fifth round pick Robert Refsnyder. Refsnyder was an outfielder in college but the Yankees opted to move him to second base upon drafting him. He has moved through system nicely, showing speed at some times and some power at others. Last season he stole 16 bases along with a .408 on base percentage at high-A and this year he has a .210 ISO with a .385 on base percentage at double-A.

Scouting wise he is a bat control type infielder but having at least some ability to hit home runs and steal bases makes him relatively attractive in dynasty formats. He looks like a Tommy La Stella or Scooter Gennett with more power potential and speed, which is really the only thing that keeps those two from being really interesting in shallower leagues.

So, when should we expect Refsnyder to get his opportunity? It is a bit difficult to say. Roberts is the incumbent but if he continues to hit like he does he won’t have much of a leash left. Kelly Johnson would seemingly be the next in line to get full time plate appearances at the position, and the Yankees could always make a midseason move for either a third baseman and move Yangervis Solarte to second or acquire a second baseman of their own.

Even after that, triple-A second baseman Jose Pirela could be the next guy called upon. With Refsnyder we are probably looking at mid-2015 but I like his upside and downside a bit more than Pirela’s, who spent three seasons at double-A. Pirela has shown improvements the past few years and was young when he originally started at double-A, but Refsnyder has hit better across the minors and I think if there is in fact a long term internal option with the Yankees it’s Refsnyder.

The Yankees are always a difficult team to project in terms of future roster spots due to their massive wallets. But if you are looking to find the next Yangervis Solarte for cheap, Refsnyder could be that guy.



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Ben has been at RotoGraphs since 2012 and focuses most of his fantasy baseball attention toward dynasty and keeper leagues.


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nutbutters
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nutbutters

I’ve been surprised by the lack of love for Refsnyder lately.

He’s basically been hitting .400 over his last month at AA, and is on a torrid stretch that is on the same planet, if not greater than, the hot stretch from Mookie Betts this year. We all know how much publicity the small market Sox player has received.

He has 15 multi-hit games in his last 17 games. Worthy of a promotion if not for Pirela there already. Of course time to see if he can maintain the power and average and go back to taking walks as pitchers start to pitch around him.

adam
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adam

No mention of Jeter, Jay? I am disappoint!

Emcee Peepants
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Emcee Peepants

Betts is 1.5 years younger, has plus speed, and 1.75 BB/K. Not that Refsnyder hasn’t been good, but Betts has been better and has a higher ceiling.

nutbutters
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nutbutters

Lars Anderson says Hi…

Hutch
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Hutch

As a Mariners fan can I just remark on how cute it is to watch a pissing match between fans of two cellar dwellers?

adam
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adam

This early in the season? Not really. Enjoy your play-in game, I guess?

jim
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jim

Hutch seems like the kind of guy who counts his chickens before they’ve hatched, for some reason.

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