DotF: Refsnyder returns to right field in AAA win

Game 90: McCarthy's Debut
Beltran has two small facial fractures after getting hit by ball in BP

2B Rob Refsnyder, OF Aaron Judge, and RHP Luis Severino all made Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for the month of June, which is pretty cool. Refsnyder was also listed as a non-top 50 prospect to watch by Baseball America.

Triple-A Scranton Game One (7-2 win over Charlotte in seven innings) makeup of yesterday’s rainout

  • 2B Jose Pirela: 2-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • RF Rob Refsnyder: 1-4 — during a recent radio interview, Brian Cashman said that if they call up Refsnyder this year, it will be to play right field than second base … don’t like it at all, just let Zoilo Almonte play right and let Refsnyder continue to work on his defense at second
  • 3B Yangervis Solarte: 3-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI
  • 1B Kyle Roller: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Austin Romine: 2-3, 2 R
  • RHP Chris Leroux: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 6/2 GB/FB — 61 of 92 pitches were strikes (66%)

Triple-A Scranton Game One (5-1 loss to Charlotte in seven innings)

  • RF Jose Pirela: 0-4, 1 R, 2 K — threw runners out at second and third bases
  • 3B Yangervis Solarte, 1B Austin Romine, DH Adonis Garcia & 2B Corban Joseph: all 1-3 — Solarte drove in a run … Romine and Garcia both struck out … CoJo doubled and missed a catch for an error
  • C John Ryan Murphy: 0-3, 1 K
  • LHP Matt Tracy: 4.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 3/1 GB/FB — 55 of 88 pitches were strikes (63%) … called up to make the spot start
  • RHP Matt Daley: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/1 GB/FB — 23 of 31 pitches were strikes (74%)

Double-A Trenton (10-1 loss to Reading)

  • CF Mason Williams: 1-4, 1 SB
  • RF Tyler Austin: 2-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI — only his fourth homer in 66 games this year
  • C Gary Sanchez: 1-4
  • DH Peter O’Brien: 0-4, 1 K
  • RHP Dillon McNamara: 3 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 3 WP, 2 HB, 2/3 GB/FB — 33 of 54 pitches were strikes (61%) … up from  Staten Island to make the spot start with Tracy in Scranton
  • LHP Fred Lewis: 2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1 HB, 2/0 GB/FB — 21 of 36 pitches were strikes (58%) … 4/12 K/BB in  his last 8.1 innings
  • LHP Cesar Cabral: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GB/FB — only 14 of 29 pitches were strikes (48%)

High-A Tampa (6-5 loss to Clearwater) they faced a rehabbing Cliff Lee

  • CF Jake Cave: 1-5, 1 K
  • SS Cito Culver & 1B Greg Bird: both 1-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB — Culver doubled off Lee, struck out, and committed a fielding error … Bird struck out twice
  • 3B-1B Dante Bichette Jr.: 2-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Aaron Judge: 2-4, 2 R, 2 K — had been in a little 3-for-20 (.150) slump
  • 2B Angelo Gumbs: 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI — also doubled off Lee
  • LHP Miguel Sulbaran: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 8/4 GB/FB — last six starts: 35 IP, 22 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 29 k

Low-A Charleston (13-6 win over Greenville)

  • LF Michael O’Neill: 1-4, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
  • SS Tyler Wade: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 1 E (fielding) — third in the system 39 walks (behind DBJ and Mike Ford, who have 55 and 42, respectively)
  • RF Dustin Fowler: 2-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 K — three dingers in his last eight games
  • 1B Mike Ford: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K — 11-for-61 (.180) in 17 games since coming off the disabled list
  • CF Mark Payton: 2-2, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 CS — has a .500 OBP through his first five pro games
  • 2B Gosuke Katoh: 1-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 K — 15-for-42 (.357) during his 12-game hitting streak
  • LHP Omar Luis: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 4/2 GB/FB — 35 of 56 pitches were strikes (63%) … 24/26 K/BB in 36 innings

Short Season Staten Island (5-3 win over Lowell)

  • C Luis Torrens: 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB — 14-for-35 (.400) in his last nine games
  • 2B Ty McFarland: 1-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 E (fielding) — first pro homer
  • 1B Chris Breen: 2-3, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB
  • RF Austin Aune: 0-3, 1 BB, 1 K
  • LF Nathan Mikolas: 1-2, 2 BB
  • LHP Rony Bautista: 1 IP, zeroes, 3 K

Rookie GCL Yanks1 were suspended due to rain with the score tied at two in the tenth inning. They’ll finish the game up tomorrow. Here’s the box score if you can’t wait that long.

Rookie GCL Yanks2 (10-4 win over GCL Braves)

  • 2B Junior Valera: 3-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 E (fielding)
  • LF Frank Frias: 1-6, 1 R, 3 K
  • SS Angel Aguilar: 1-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 E (throwing)
  • 1B Bo Thompson: 1-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
  • RF Wilmer Romero: 2-4
  • RHP Jonathan Padilla: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HB, 2/2 GB/FB — 15/6 K/BB in 11.2 innings
Game 90: McCarthy's Debut
Beltran has two small facial fractures after getting hit by ball in BP
  • McLovin

    DBJ has a 12 game hitting streak.

    • nycsportzfan

      Hes had a solid season, he really has. I’ve been mentioning him on and off on here all yr. I put em in my top 20 NYY prospects(not including this yrs picks) recently.

  • TWTR

    Brian Cashman said that if they call up Refsnyder this year, it will be to play right field than second base … don’t like it at all

    It’s absurd.

    • Angelo

      It really is. The Yankees aren’t going anywhere this year. Just let him develop at 2B in AAA.

      • nycsportzfan

        You don’t give up on a season when your 4 or so games outta 1st in early July, especially not with the Yanks roster. Come on man, jesus. They most certainly should bring him up if they think he can help which he 100pct can. He’d be a huge addition to the lineup. You can also play him at 2nd at times and give him the job next yr. Hes ready. Oh well, if hes not the perfect defender yet.

        • wilcymoore27

          This season is OVER … 4 games out or not. I’m not much interested in getting to a one-game wildcard game. Take a look at the roster. You think the Yankees are going to win a playoff series with this team, much less the AL pennant??

          Time to build for the future.

          • nycsportzfan

            Your nuts.

            • Troll

              He’s right. You’re a delusional homer.

            • soxhata

              If Tanaka is out for an extended period,than yes,we have no freakin chance.I would not trade Murphy.Sanchez,or any of our few higher level prospects this year.Go with what we have and see what happens.

          • CelerinoSanchez

            Can everybody please not get their pink panties in a wad? For Christ’s sake, it’s only July 10th. Back in ’78 we were FOURTEEN games out on July 14 (if I’m not mistaken), and we won the whole thing ANDthat included the one game playoff w Boston. This kind of whining smells of Met fan whining. Stop it please and let’s see what happens.

            • vicki

              yeah, right.

              the 1978 team had a truly great offense and pitching staff.

        • Yanks

          The offense is struggling to maintain any sort of consistency, the pitching staff is barely being held together with rubber bands without an ace like Tanaka, etc… obviously things can change, but this team needs more than Rob Refsnyder to make a move, and it really isn’t worth sacrificing his reps at 2nd so that maybe potentially he can come up and play RF for the Yankees when they have Almonte or even Pirela to take those reps.

          • nycsportzfan

            They just spent how much less then 5months ago for Beltran, Ells, and McCann? Yeah, they should just play for the future 3games outta 1st with half a season to go. Your assuming Beltran and McCann are gonna continue to struggle. He could be Cano like in his impact , like when we called him up in 05. This teams right in the thick of it.

            This is baseball man. Teams have ups and downs, injuries, players they must rely on that you never thought you would. Sure, the Yanks might be a bit more injury prone then some, but clubs deal with alot of the same stuff. Its called a baseball season. Shit, almost every yr a team makes up 5-7 games in Sept alone, let alone being down 3 in the division in early July.. Bring em up and see if he can provide a spark and maybe more.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      It just means that they don’t want him coming up this year because he isn’t ready defensively at 2B, but if all else fails, and they think he’s the difference between a WC slot and going home, they’re willing to plug him in in RF.

      It’s really not surprising, or a big deal.

      • n0exit

        Exactly. People are being way too optimistic if they think refs is a chance to start 2b next year. Cashman”s comments tell you all you need to know about what they think about his defense. He specifically said he wants to try other options first. Even if he plays 2 months of outfield (which he is very good at BTW) so what? He’s going back to AAA to work at 2b anyway next season.

        • Bryan

          Pretty sure we are all working under the assumption that next year 2b will likely open up with a competition between someone like Roberts and Refsnyder and Pirela with Refsnyder likely starting (if he doesn’t suck).

      • TWTR

        If you are converting a top prospect to 2B, you freakin’ leave him at 2B.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Unless it’s the difference between making the playoffs and not making the playoffs.

          A temporary shift back to the OF as a last resort if our other options fail really, really isn’t that big of a deal.

          • TWTR

            No, not even that. This team is in this mess because of their serial one year plans. That has resulted in a mediocre team, despite spending $200m.

            He is being blocked by Brian Roberts? Brian Roberts? That’s ridiculous.

            • Cool Lester Smooth

              He’s not being blocked by Roberts. He’s being blocked by his inability to play MLB-caliber defense at 2B.

              Brian Roberts can play defense at an acceptable level, and he isn’t a terrible hitter. He’s a fine stopgap until a better option comes along.

              Unfortunately, Robert Refsnyder is not an option to play second base in the major leagues right now.

      • Dick M

        I heard the interview and my take is that they feel their real issue is in rf. Which it is. Roberts is swinging a decent bat and he’s been heating up after not playing much over the last few years.

    • RetroRob

      It is. If they believe in him as a prospect and a 2B’man, then leave him at 2B, either in the majors or the minors. Brian Roberts should not block him, anymore than AJ Piexebrwoeyqwninski should block Christian VazDeferens on the Red Sox.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        …they pretty unambiguously don’t believe that Ref’s glove is MLB ready. Cashman said as much in the interview. He’s just saying that, despite Ref’s glove not being MLB ready at 2B, they will get his bat into the lineup in the OF if necessary.

        Also, the Red Sox are all but out of the playoff race, and might be sellers at the deadline. The Yankees are 3 games back. The situations are not similar. At all.

        We would need to lose a lot more ground to go into “play the kids” mode, and that’s a good thing.

        • RetroRob

          I think we’re agreeing. That’s why I want Refsnyder to stay in AAA to play second regularly.

          • Cool Lester Smooth

            Yup, we are. I’d rather ride out the year with Roberts and have Ref up when he can play at least a -5 second base.

            I just don’t think it’s a big deal if we call him up to fill in at RF if all of our other options flame out and/or get hurt.

  • Chip

    I’m with you on Refsnyder – you have Almonte, Pirela, Garcia all viable in the OF. Curtailing Refsnyder’s development at 2nd so that he could potentially play once a week against LHP as the righthanded bat in a platoon with Ichiro is just dumb. I understand that Roberts has played better – but that probably won’t last.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      I would hope if they bring him up, they wouldn’t be dumb enough to have him platoon with Ichiro.

      I would hope.

      • Chip

        If it’s left to Girardi I could see the platoon happening. Consider this is a manager who kept playing Stewart and Nix so that he wouldn’t have to play rookies last year. Benching Ichiro for a player he’s never seen play a game would probably make his head explode.

        • Need Pitching & Hitting

          I would hope if he was called up that Cashman would make it clear to Girardi that Ref should be playing virtually everyday.

          Never know with this team though.

          • Chip

            I hope you’re right – more to the point I hope they come to their senses and just put him back at 2b.

            The more Cashman talks about him though the more convinced I am that he’s being pumped up for a trade and will never actually suit up for the Yankees.

            • Ed

              Eh, I think you keep him at 2B in that case. Playing him in RF only makes sense if they think he’s a better option than Ichiro right now.

              He’s probably one of the guys they’re least likely to trade – he’s very close to the majors and plays a position currently played by a bad player on a cheap one year deal.

        • Adam

          Who exactly was Girardi supposed to play last year? His options were all scrubs. He gave plenty of at-bats to younger players like Adams, Romine, Nunez, Corban Joseph, etc. and they all sucked. All of them. It’s not like we had these “can’t miss” prospects who were knocking at the door and he refused to play them. Everybody sucked, so are we really gonna get up in arms because he played Jayson Nix so much? He’s not the GM. He was given crap players to work with all year long thanks to our brilliant GM and even more brilliant ownership brain trust. How anybody can put that on Girardi is beyond me. He did an unbelievable job managing given the awful roster and even more awful farm system he had to work with.

          As for Refsnyder, this position change has all the makings of a typical Cashman move.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, we -know- that Zoilo, Pirela and Garcia are all starting caliber MLB OFs! Just look at their extensive track record of success against MLB pitching!

      He’s just saying that they won’t call Ref up to play 2B, and that the only way well see him at all is if every single other RF option fails.

      I don’t see the controversy, here.

    • nycsportzfan

      I think he’d be fine learning 2nd still. He can still drill at 2nd at times and has ML coaches teaching him now. Not to mention, if he can be a 2 position player, it’d be a huge avantage for us going forward. So much more versatility. I would never leave his kinda top of the order , game changing bat in TripleA when i’m in a pennant race and could be one shot in the arm away from this offense really gelling.

      • nycsportzfan

        But to each there own , thats just my opinion. I do get what people are saying, just don’t totally agree with it. I think with the current circumstances, you gotta use the players you think could make you better scoring runs and winning games now. Were not outta this thing by a freaking longshot.

        • hornblower

          NY I’m with you. Since when did the ability to play multiple positions become a liability? This team needs anyone who can hit regardless of position. Actually he is not bad at second now but they have a black hole in right. Beltran can’t play the field and Ichiro is the least productive regular in the league. Damn he has 11 rbi’s and is hitting .226 with runners in scoring position in 185 AB’s. The lower part of the order is awful and their pitching keeps them in most games. A bit more production would pay off.

          • nycsportzfan

            Not to mention, hes a athletic kid with who runs pretty well. He’ll be fine with expierence. I doubt hes ever grade A defender. His offense could be just what this club needs to go on a run.

            Like I said, could possibly be Cano type impact. You just don’t know. I think teams have to many silly traditions. Playing in the ML’s isn’t gonna stunt the kids growth , period. Hes a seasoned College draft pick whos done this his entire life. He’ll be fine and possibly better off being around MLers and ML coaches.

            • Wolfgang’s Fault

              Well stated, & I concur!

  • Yanks

    Seems so counterproductive to play Ref in RF… his main issue is his defense at second, so why make him play another position? Hopefully (and unfortunately) the Tanaka injury ends the experiment and they just let him play second.

  • JoeyA

    So, just to be clear, the organization that regularly plays Kelly Johnson @ 1B & wasted years with Nunez is now taking a stand with a guy who can actually hit bc of his defense?!??

  • Slap-Ass

    Brian Cashman sucks.

    • Goboh

      Maybe, but not as much as you.

  • Billy

    Anyone have scouting reports on Ref’s defense this year? Maybe he’s horrible but his bat might be worth calling up. In that case put the kid in right for the remainder of this year and start over at 2nd next year.

    • Need Pitching & Hitting

      Starting over at 2nd next year virtually guarantees he won’t be ready to start the season as their 2B next year and they’ll sign a free agent for the position instead.

      • Angelo

        Pretty much

      • Wolfgang’s Fault


      • LW

        They’re the Yankees. Player development isn’t their specialty. They’re experts at screwing up prospects. The offense is so bad the Yankees are going to ‘platoon’ (quotations because obviously Girardi hates young players and will only play them in extreme emergencies) him w/Ichiro. Makes complete sense.

        This team’s player development department needs to be blown up and people that know what they’re doing need to come in. It’s the same thing every year, but we haven’t had a real every day player hasn’t come up since Garnder.

    • nick

      he’s athletic enough to be just fine at 2B, even a tick or two above eventually, but yeah, the bat is the ticket for him. And let’s be honest, the yanks have had many scenarios where they’ve stuck with an all-bat no defensive player. He’s nowhere near THAT bad defensively however. He’s made some awkward plays at 2B this year, but then he’ll make some really impressive plays to believe he just needs more time there defensively, not surprisingly for him being new to the position. Just IMO.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      I’ve heard he was godawful defensively at Trenton, so this makes sense.

      • Jim

        I work for the Thunder — godawful absolutely not, great absolutely not, mediocre absolutely.

        • Yankee$

          Thanks Jim.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          Awesome, good to hear.

        • Tags

          I think everyone overreacts to Refs fielding. Most of the posting comes from people who’ve never seen him play. I go to Trenton Thunder games and I agree with Jim. He’s not going to wow you at second base but he’s not the total disaster that people think he is. He made 9 errors in Trenton this year and has none in Scranton so his play there is getting better and is where a player who is learning a new position is going to be.

      • RetroRob

        Where did you hear that? I haven’t read anything that indicates he was god-awful defensively. Not saying he’s not, but really haven’t seen that anywhere.

        • Cool Lester Smooth

          A guy on MinorLeagueBall who generally knows what he’s talking about says the word on Ref is that his defense is still terrible.

          Jim’s firsthand, though, so I’ll take his opinion over MLBPP’s Trenton beat writer friend.

      • LW

        I’ve seen him at Scranton. He’s fine. I don’t recall seeing ‘this guy is terrible defensively,’ on any thread ever. How great is Roberts at 2B? The guy can’t turn a DP on the relay.

  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Pretty “meh” looking day. Good on ya Sulbaran.

    • vicki

      that jumped out at me too.

      he would be that thing you pick up at a yard sale for a quarter then antiques road show tells you it’s worth something.

    • RM

      Sulbaran since June 1st: 8 starts 43 innings with 26 hits 36Ks with 10BB 0hrs and a ERA of 0.84. He is only 20 and left handed that has to be pretty good. To think we got him for Nunez.

      • W.B. Mason Williams

        Quintana Karma

  • nycsportzfan

    Hell yeah Katoh, keep the trend upwards in 2014 going! He was really fun to follow last yr and got many excited. Hes starting to resemble that player again lately. Another reason, its good Refsnyder is playing some OF if you ask me. Just in case Katoh becomes the player the Yanks hope.

  • nycsportzfan

    Chris Breen is having a nice little yr.

  • AndrewYF

    The Yankees were fine with Cano’s defense at 2B when he first came up. I figure they’ll be fine with Ref learning on the job in the majors, too.

    It’s not absurd to put Refsnyder in RF if needed – the Yankees could use his bat down the stretch, and the most likely place he’ll be needed is the outfield. I’m fairly certain if Roberts goes down Refsnyder would be slotted in at 2B, but that’s not the situation right now. The situation is the Yankees essentially have 2 starting outfielders in Ellsbury, Gardner, and then there’s Ichiro. The need in OF is much higher than the need at 2B.

    Of course, even if they do lose Roberts they might not call up Refsnyder, probably because their infield defense is so horrible that they literally could not bear to have Ref learning on the job. With Ellsbury, Gardner and Ichiro you can stand having a below-average fielder in right. That’s probably more the train of thought, here.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      Yeah, there’s no way in hell that they were ever going to put a major liability like Ref in this disaster of an infield defense.

      The only way he was ever going to get up is if they desperately needed the bat in the OF, after every other option failed. This interview just confirms that.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      He’s not a below average fielding outfielder. He’s actually a very good outfielder. They were moving him to 2B because his hitting didn’t project as a corner outfielder. After making some adjustments, it now does. If Tanaka is out for most or all of the remainder of the year, they’ll soon move Refsnyder back to 2B, either in Scranton or NY. If Tanaka is just down for a couple of weeks or less, comes back healthy, & they’re still in the hunt, it makes sense to play him & his hot bat in RF. His immediate future will be determined by what happens w/Tanaka. His playing RF through the 2nd half in no way removes his chance/probability of becoming the Yankee future second baseman.

  • Yankee$

    From today’s BA Top 50 Prospect chat…
    JKK (NY, NY): Does Luis Severino have the all around game to be a #2 Starter? Can the lefty that Yanks pick on 2013 first round become a #3 Starter or back of rotation filler? Does Tyler Hensley have prospect potential?
    Matt Eddy: Best to be conservative when projecting pitching prospects in Class A, though I agree Severino and Ian Clarkin have realistic big league potential as, respectively, a mid-rotation arm and a No. 4 type. As to Hensley, well, yes he has prospect potential if his health issues are behind him, but at this point he’s got nine pro appearances in the GCL in three seasons.

    • Cool Lester Smooth

      If they think Sev and Clarkin should be a 3 and a 4, that’s huge.

      3s don’t come around every day.

  • Yankee$

    Um, and this too…
    Dogu (NC): So what is Refsynder? Future solid big leaguer….more than that….less than that?
    J.J. Cooper: Likely less to me. Good hitting role player. Where is he going to play? If the reports on him at second base were good, I’d think he’s a long-term regular, but they aren’t. If he ends up back in a corner outfield spot, he doesn’t profile. Looking in New York, would they really go forward with an outfield of Gardner, Ellsbury and Refsnyder and watch them combine for 35 total home runs? Seems doubtful.

    • Yankee$

      Personally, I’ll trust Stick and he says Ref can play 2B. Needs more reps though, and I fully agree with Mike, leave him at 2B to get them.

    • n0exit

      There was also a fangraphs piece that quoted a scout saying that has made huge progress at the position. He’s only played 1.5 seasons there and he has cut down the errors so I’m not as pessimistic as JJ.

      • Yankee$

        Yeah, I remember that. If Stick says he can play 2B…that he’s seen nothing to tell him that Ref CAN’T play 2B, I’ll trust that. What that tells me is he needs plenty of Reps there. Fine. What it also tells me is that JJ Cooper thinks he can be a Long-Term regular (because JJ said IF the reports at 2B were good…)

        So, let the kid develop at 2B, damnit.

        • n0exit

          I agree let him develop but a few weeks in rf won’t make much difference especially if you believe that he won’t start at 2b next year in the majors. If refs is called up it will be a mookiesque desperation move, which just might work out for the yanks.

    • Richard Leo

      he can learn the 2B position,i believe

    • RetroRob

      Bookmark the J.J. Cooper quote. It’s a pretty dumb quote. They’re already going with Gardner, Ellsbury and Ichiro. As he has done so far, Refsnyder will significantly outperform expectations.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Ichiro was their third string RF heading into the season. They absolutely, one hundred percent want at least one power hitter in the OF, as evidenced by every move that Brian Cashman has ever made as an MLB GM.

        If Ref can’t hack it at 2B, he’s just not going to fit into the Yanks’ longterm plans.

        • Wolfgang’s Fault

          Nothing says Refsnyder can’t become a 15-20-25 HR a year guy eventually, & for the sake of argument, as a corner outfielder here w/the Yankees. Likewise, nothing’s in stone that the Ellsbury/Gardner CF/LF tandem remains that way for the next 5 years. Things can change & usually do. They’re building a farm system that has a load of pieces. As they sort themselves out, and other players become available from other teams, Cashman or whomever will construct a younger, better team. Until then, it’s catch as Cash can in a manner of speaking. Ref can hack it as a 2B though, but he’s still young and it’s a new position for him. I think Refsnyder’s will be productive enough (eventually if not sooner) to play either spot and hold his end up.

  • Mark

    Nice to see Sulbaran striking guys out the past few starts. 20 K’s in his last 3 starts over 19 innings.

    • nycsportzfan

      Yeah, we might of got something for Nunez after all. Hes been good his entire pro career, and as you said, the strike outs are adding up now.

  • Mike HC

    Says to me that the Yanks don’t really trust him at 2nd yet. Either that, or Roberts has compromising pictures of Cashman. And unfortunately, considering Cashman’s history, option two is not that far fetched.

    • hornblower

      That really is funny about Cash. As far as Ref. goes he is greatly improved from last year at 2nd. It not as if Roberts is an all-star at the position. You get better by taking ground balls and working on the double play. He can do that before games and in spring training. Anyone who hit can help this club.

      • RetroRob

        I want Refsnyder to stay at second, but the very fact the Yankees are putting him in right now may mean that he is significantly weak defensively. They want the bat, but they are sure the glove won’t play right now.

        I’d rather they leave him in AAA to play second everyday. It’s game action that is critical, not fielding grounders before the game.

        • bpdelia

          Actually as a former division I college player and all county in high school and all that jazz…I learned second base my freshman year. The guy playing SS went on to a long productive major league career (he was named in the Mitchell report!) And there was no way I was unseating him. So they moved me.

          Game action is absolutely one hundred percent NOT where you learn.

          The most difficult plays to learn are ones that happen once MAYBE twice a game.

          Turning the pivot, applying tags on stolen bases, ground balls in the hole where you have to decide to field or cover. Figuring out what balls you can and can’t get to.

          The most helpful way to learn this stuff is practice.

          You never want to learn in a game. You’re already screwed.

          My second year I played center field and the outfield you absolutely need games because it’s impossible to simulate all the different looks with a fungo.

          But game reps are not how you learn the position.

          You learn it by literally turning the pivot 60 times a day and taking 200 ground balls.

          Just my two cents.

      • nycsportzfan

        Me and you are def in agreement about Refs. This guy could really spark and lengthen the lineup. Being only 3games out makes it to tempting in my opinion. This kids gonna be a star, or at least above avg ML player.

  • Rick

    Yes, bring Refsnyder up! Play him in right, second or third don’t care!! Bring some young new blood. Bring Pirela and Roller. I believe it may be bye-bye time for Almonte and Garcia. Btw, Cashman did not do terrible when he traded Nunez, Sulbaran very nice!!

  • vicki

    third in the system 39 walks (behind DBJ Aaron Judge and Mike Ford DBJ, who have 55 and 42, respectively.

    Big Ivy Ford trails Wade with 38.

  • Billy E.

    I found it really cool that triple a got to play two game ones. Also Solarte shall be called up soon and the corresponding roster move is going to be cut Smelley Johnson. Also refsnyder moving to rf only makes sense because he wasn’t that great of a second basemen and this way if not this year then next year we can have a righty OF in RF and hopefully Pirela at 2nd and I’m assuming we’ll get a SS from somewhere but with the 30 thousand intn’l SS’s we’ve signed you never know!

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      Those 30,000 Int’l SS’s are set to play in the 20 thousand leagues (under the sea).

  • nycsportzfan

    We actually got a nice little heap of middle infield prospects. Refs, Katoh, Valera, Wade, Avelino, McFarland(sleeper of mine), Dermis Garcia.etc

    • bpdelia

      Mateo, estrada. Yeah in three years this system is going to be loaded with middle infielders.

      Also Torrens looking really good. Him and Andujar are sometimes forgotten but both were big IFA signings playing state side very young.

      Hell Torrens and Andujar held their own in full season ball

  • Wayne

    Anyway Miguel Sulbaran makes it to aa.

    • RkyMtnYank

      No, he is a prospect doing really really well right now so he must be held down to work on his defen… oh wait, wrong meme!

  • Michael Cutler