More MLB.com top positional prospects lists, more Yankee representation. We probably would have seen it at first base too had Greg Bird not exceeded the rookie eligibility PT level last year, but the second base list came out yesterday and Rob Refsnyder made the cut, coming in at number 9. The scouting report praised him for his pitch recognition skills and line drive hitting approach while acknowledging his defensive deficiencies at second base and low future ceiling as a defender. Nothing we haven't read about Refs before. 2015 was an up and down year for Refsnyder. He hit .271/.359/.402 in his return trip to Triple-A SWB, a big step down from his 2014 production level. That regression along with the defensive concerns surely influenced the Yankees' decision to not call him up and give him a shot at the everyday second base job despite how poorly Stephen Drew played in the first half of the year. Refsnyder did get more time in September and he did finish with a .302/.348/.512 slash line with 5 XBH in 47 MLB plate appearances.
Refsnyder appears locked into the starting second base job for the RailRiders again this year, and it's even more difficult to see how he breaks into a meaningful MLB role now with Starlin Castro blocking him at second. His defensive makeup doesn't make him a viable candidate for any other infield position and the Yankees seem hesitant to try him in the outfield corners again. I suppose we could see him as part of the revolving door 25th man spot if another infielder gets hurt, but other than that he appears to be firmly blocked right now.
It's worth noting that Yoan Moncada topped this list. You know, if you still hadn't completely gotten over the Yankees not signing him. If you have, good for you.