LAKELAND, FL - MARCH 20: Rob Refsnyder #98 of the New York Yankees bats during the Spring Training game against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium on March 20, 2015 in Lakeland, Florida. The Yankees defeated the Tigers 11-2. (Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
The RailRiders will carry eight players who are on the 40-man roster including Rob Refsnyder, Ben Heller and Luis Cessa, who we saw with the Yankees last season. Dietrich Enns, Giovanny Gallegos and Johnny Barbato are other pitchers listed on the 40-man roster. Barbato will open the season for the RailRiders on the mound Saturday and be followed by Enns, who will pitch game one of the team’s double-header Sunday. The second pitcher is still to be announced. Cessa will pitch their home opener Monday.
Kyle Higashioka and Eddy Rodriguez will man the backstop with Higashioka getting the majority of the reps. Higashioka, who is on the 40-man roster, is a prime candidate for a call-up in case of injuries to the Major League roster.
The starting infield will feature Refsnyder taking the majority of reps at third base. The team announced he will play a little first base, second base, and outfield, seeing as how the Yankees are looking for versatility from the utility man.
The RailRiders are the defending Triple-A Champions and figure to be one of the best teams in the minor leagues. There is plenty of depth in the Yankee organization. Expect some of the RailRider players, including Refsnyder and Cessa, to see time in the big leagues while someone like Gleyber Torres to possibly make his way to Triple-A.