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.

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  • bojii3

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

    • IRememberCelerinoSanchez

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

  • Brian S.

    The next Kolten Wong?

    • Brian S.

      And yes, I only compared them because they are Asian second basemen.

  • Paul VuvuZuvella

    So new CBA rules had their intended effect on Yankees.

    • Ted Nelson

      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

        Didnt say it was bad, just that it worked.

        • Ted Nelson

          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.

  • Tyrone Sharpton

    wasn’t hensley supposedly going to sign quickly? bizarre

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      I think his agent got a hold of him and told to him shut up.

      • Paul VuvuZuvella

        The smart agenty thing to do.

      • http://www.bronxbaseballdaily.com Greg Corcoran

        I just hope they get him signed. I don’t really care if they have money left over for anyone else. He’s better than any first round pick that’s slipped to them since Cole (obviously he’s not as good as Cole was).