Refsnyder Making The Adjustment

CHARLESTON, SC—Playing in his first year of a full-season of pro baseball, Rob Refsnyder is learning quickly how to make major changes in the way he plays the game. The 22-year old, a former standout on the University of Arizona's NCAA Championship team in 2012, Refsnyder was an outfielder last year and now has been moved to play second base.

The Yankees brass, believing in his versatility as an athlete, warranted the move. This is something that he says has been a significant transition in the way he trains.

"I did more strength and running," Refsnyder said, "because I changed positions. I needed to work on my agility and ground balls."

The right-handed hitter was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft prior to the College World Series.

Refsnyder was named most outstanding player in that memorable CWS, in which the Wildcats defeated the two-time defending champions South Carolina. The now-second baseman has worked hard during Spring Training, even going back to Arizona to work on his new position.

"I went back to Arizona and worked out with my old strength coach, something that helped increase my speed," the 205-pound player stated. "I put on 10-15 pounds, and this was critical because I lose weight throughout the season. I feel good right now."

The Laguna Hills, Calif. native recognized that Spring Training was critical for him to succeed in his new arrangement.

"We worked out really early in the morning so we could have the afternoons off, and I actually really liked it," Refsnyder explained. "I took a million ground balls every day."

Hitting coach P.J. Pilittere recognized his player's powerful work ethic and desire for perfection.

"He works extremely hard at what he does," Pilittere remarked. "He has a lot of pride and tries to seek it [perfection]. He can do the most damage when the ball is close to him. He is very professional, a tough out and swings at good pitches."

According to Pilittere, Refsnyder is a polished hitter yet needs to work on his consistency that could translate into having a solid year.

"If he improves as a hitter, I think he will become the kind of leader his teammates can look up to," he added.

Refsnyder knows that it is not easy changing positions and will learn more as the season progresses.

First-year RiverDogs manager Al Pedrique is familiar with players having to adapt to new areas of the game.

"It is not easy making the transition from outfielder to second base," Pedrique explained. "He has a tendency to have a long swing and tries to do too much.

"But Rob has been working very intensely and wants to learn and listen. He knows he needs to be consistent using the whole field and has been hitting the ball hard."

Although he played 45 games with the RiverDogs last year, Refsnyder admitted that this transition is going to be demanding. He already committed a couple of errors that he attributes to being overly excited.

"The game happens way faster in the infield than in the outfield," he said. "You have to be in it during every single pitch."

Refsnyder says he is feeling more comfortable in his new position with each passing day.

"Every day I work extremely hard and know that it will help me feel more at ease," he said.

The first-time second baseman was not disappointed in returning to Charleston yet understands the decision of not being promoted to high-A Tampa.

"I definitely understand the reasoning behind the decision," Refsnyder stated. "The good news is that I still get to come here and play baseball everyday and I'm grateful for that."

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\r\n \r\n\r\nThe Yankees brass, believing in his versatility as an athlete, warranted the move. This is something that he says has been a significant transition in the way he trains.
\r\n
\r\n\"I did more strength and running,\" Refsnyder said, \"because I changed positions. I needed to work on my agility and ground balls.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe right-handed hitter was selected by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft prior to the College World Series.
\r\n
\r\nRefsnyder was named most outstanding player in that memorable CWS, in which the Wildcats defeated the two-time defending champions South Carolina. The now-second baseman has worked hard during Spring Training, even going back to Arizona to work on his new position.
\r\n
\r\n\"I went back to Arizona and worked out with my old strength coach, something that helped increase my speed,\" the 205-pound player stated. \"I put on 10-15 pounds, and this was critical because I lose weight throughout the season. I feel good right now.\"
\r\n
\r\nThe Laguna Hills, Calif. native recognized that Spring Training was critical for him to succeed in his new arrangement.
\r\n
\r\n\"We worked out really early in the morning so we could have the afternoons off, and I actually really liked it,\" Refsnyder explained. \"I took a million ground balls every day.\"
\r\n
\r\nHitting coach P.J. Pilittere recognized his player's powerful work ethic and desire for perfection.
\r\n
\r\n\"He works extremely hard at what he does,\" Pilittere remarked. \"He has a lot of pride and tries to seek it [perfection]. He can do the most damage when the ball is close to him. He is very professional, a tough out and swings at good pitches.\"
\r\n
\r\nAccording to Pilittere, Refsnyder is a polished hitter yet needs to work on his consistency that could translate into having a solid year.
\r\n
\r\n\"If he improves as a hitter, I think he will become the kind of leader his teammates can look up to,\" he added.
\r\n
\r\nRefsnyder knows that it is not easy changing positions and will learn more as the season progresses.
\r\n
\r\nFirst-year RiverDogs manager Al Pedrique is familiar with players having to adapt to new areas of the game.
\r\n
\r\n\"It is not easy making the transition from outfielder to second base,\" Pedrique explained. \r\n\"He has a tendency to have a long swing and tries to do too much.
\r\n
\r\n\"But Rob has been working very intensely and wants to learn and listen. He knows he needs to be consistent using the whole field and has been hitting the ball hard.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough he played 45 games with the RiverDogs last year, Refsnyder admitted that this transition is going to be demanding. He already committed a couple of errors that he attributes to being overly excited.
\r\n
\r\n\"The game happens way faster in the infield than in the outfield,\" he said. \"You have to be in it during every single pitch.\"
\r\n
\r\nRefsnyder says he is feeling more comfortable in his new position with each passing day.
\r\n
\r\n\"Every day I work extremely hard and know that it will help me feel more at ease,\" he said.
\r\n
\r\nThe first-time second baseman was not disappointed in returning to Charleston yet understands the decision of not being promoted to high-A Tampa.
\r\n
\r\n\"I definitely understand the reasoning behind the decision,\" Refsnyder stated. \"The good news is that I still get to come here and play baseball everyday and I'm grateful for that.\"
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