Once ranked as high as the number five overall prospect in the Yankees’ system, just one spot below Greg Bird and two above Gary Sanchez, Refsnyder has turned into a utility player for the Yankees, struggling to find a home at any one position. In his young career, the 25-year-old Refsnyder has appeared in 21 games at first base, 23 at second, one at third, 23 in right field, and five in left.
With highly-touted young talent ready to take over in the Bronx, Refsnyder himself expressed concern earlier this spring about his uncertainty as to where he fits on the Yankees roster for the 2017 season. Scouts have liked his bat better than his glove, but inconsistency at the plate and sporadic playing time probably makes Refsnyder the odd-man out for the Yankees this season and beyond.
Since Refsnyder only has one minor league option remaining, the Yankees likely want to get something in return for him. However, it’s unknown what, if any, value Refsnyder has at this point. The Yankees might just also want to give him the opportunity to get legitimate playing time elsewhere. Refsnyder has been in the organization since 2012 when he was drafted out of the University of Arizona in the fifth round.
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