Rob Refsnyder

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Robert Daniel Refsnyder
born Jung-Tae Kim

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Biographical Information[edit]

Playing for the University of Arizona, outfielder Rob Refsnyder was named College World Series Most Outstanding Player in 2012. He was selected by the New York Yankees in the 5th round of the 2012 amateur draft.

He was converted to the infield before the 2013 season and it was as a second baseman that he made his major league debut for the Yankees against the Boston Red Sox on July 11, 2015, going 0 for 3 as the team's 9th-place hitter. He got his first career hit the next day in the 7th inning, then hit his first big league homer in the 9th as the Yankees won, 8-6, over the Sox. In 16 games with the Yankees, he hit .302 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs. He also started the Wild Card Game against the Houston Astros but went 0 for 3.

The Yankees acquired Starlin Castro to play second base in 2016 and Rob was relegated to a utility player role, hitting .250 in 58 games. He saw playing time at first base, right field, second base and left field, and also played 54 games in AAA with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders where he hit .316 while playing mainly second and third base. In 2017, he split the first half between Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he hit .312 in 38 games, and New York, where he hit only .135 in 20 games - but in only 40 plate appearances. On July 23rd, the Yankees traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays in return for minor leaguer Ryan McBroom. He was assigned to the Buffalo Bisons for the time being.

Refsnyder was born in Seoul and is ethnically Korean, but he was adopted by an American family as an infant and grew up in the United States.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Bryan Hoch: "After 'whirlwind' year, it's family time for Refsnyder at Thanksgiving", mlb.com November 24, 2016. [1]

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