Jul
06

2012 Draft: Yankees sign sixth rounder Rob Refsnyder

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Via Jim Callis, the Yankees have signed sixth round pick Rob Refsnyder for roughly $206k, the full slot value for the 187th overall pick. That leaves the Yankees with $1,606,300 worth of draft pool money to offer first rounder Ty Hensley without facing penalties. They can pay him up to $1,815,910 by exceeding their draft pool by 5%, which would result in a tax but not forfeiture of next year’s first rounder.

Refsynder, an outfielder at Arizona who the Yankees will try at second base, is a big-time contact hitter with a swing geared for doubles into the gaps rather than homers of the fence. He’s an average defensive player in the corner outfield and hasn’t played the middle infield regularly since high school. Refsnyder was recently named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player and is a pretty interesting conversion candidate as an offense-minded second baseman. You can see all of the Yankees’ picks at Baseball America and keep tabs on the draft pool situation at our Draft Pool page.

Categories : Asides, Draft

12 Comments»

  1. bojii3 says:

    With a reported strong throwing arm, why not try him at 3b

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez says:

      Doesn’t have HR power for third. Also, middle infield is a more valuable position.

  2. Brian S. says:

    The next Kolten Wong?

  3. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    So new CBA rules had their intended effect on Yankees.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      Is that really a bad thing? Their haul looks pretty similar to every year. Especially if they manage to have some money left over after Hensley.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella says:

        Didnt say it was bad, just that it worked.

        • Ted Nelson says:

          There’s still a lot to play out with Hensley. If they get him for slot or under they can still sign one or two more late guys to well above slot.

          I don’t really understand what you mean by it working.

  4. Tyrone Sharpton says:

    wasn’t hensley supposedly going to sign quickly? bizarre

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