Refsnyder Not Concerned

SCRANTON, PA - Rob Refsnyder has continued to show offensive consistency at the plate. In Saturday's game against Syracuse he went 2-4 on the day including a double. However, Refsnyder's inconsistent play at second base, something that was heavily scrutinized this Spring and the past two seasons, plagued him again in the eighth inning but he said he is not worried about the miscues.

Since joining the Yankee organization back in 2012, Rob Refsynder has been consistently improving offensively. In fact, he has led the farm system in hitting the last two years, including posting a personal best .318 batting average between both the Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton teams.

Last season also saw an increase in nearly all of his offensive statistical categories too. The largest climb was with his power hitting. Refsynder hit a career-high 14 home runs last year. The Yankees 2012 fifth-round pick continued that momentum this Spring as he hit .372 and led the team in doubles [6] in camp.

However, Refsnyder has visibly struggled a bit fielding his position, a sticking point for critics and scouts. Since transitioning from his position in the outfield to second base, it has been a rocky road for the former College World Series MVP defensively, especially as of late. While the proverbial sharks have been circling, Refsnyder himself isn't too concerned.

"I feel fine defensively," Refsnyder exclaimed. "It's a game. It's all a part of the process."

Those words "it's all a part of the process" came up several times during postgame interviews with him. This "process" hit a mini speed bump for Refsynder that same afternoon when he committed that costly error in the eighth inning, an error that played a part in the Chiefs scoring three runs that inning and, ultimately, winning the game.

The late inning blunder feeds into the conversation many people are having about the idea of moving him back to the outfield. Refsynder does not even listen to the chatter.

"I just listen to the people who are in charge and who actually matter; whether it's my coaches, coordinators, Brian Cashman or Joe Girardi," Refsynder said.

"I'm probably the hardest on myself. If there is ever criticism, I block it out because I'm harder on myself than other people [possibly can be]."

Manager Dave Miley echoed Refsnyder's sentiments and is not worried about what happened in Spring Training. Instead, Miley talked mainly about Refsnyder's work ethic.

"The way he works, if you come out here on a daily basis he's out there working," Miley said. "If you are not there at 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. before the game, [then] you don't see how hard he works. He's working his butt off."

Miley has full confidence in Refsnyder's ability to progress properly in Triple-A.

"I think every day that he goes out there he gets better. I'm not worried about him; he's going to get it done."

Refsnyder clearly has the bat to "get it done" at the next level. The question still remains about his fielding consistency. But even with this slight deficiency in his game, Refsnyder has the makings to be a very viable option for the Yankees in the future.


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