Rob Refsnyder has hit his stride.

He's hitting just about every baseball thrown his way, too.

The Yankees' top second base prospect had another big game Wednesday, going 2-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI as Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Norfolk, 3-1.

The performance raised Refsnyder's season average to .293 in 29 games, with a .349 on-base percentage and 11 doubles.

That's a long way from his dismal start to this season.

After the first game of a doubleheader on April 25, Refsnyder was batting .193 with a .233 OBP. He had made seven errors in his first 14 games, including two during Game 1.

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In the second game of that doubleheader, Refsnyder began to turn things around. He went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs. That marked the start of a torrid stretch during which he's hit .389 (23-for-59). During that same span, Refsnyder has hit in 14 of 15 games, had eight multi-hit games, hit nine doubles, driven in eight runs and stole three bases. In the one game he didn't register a hit, he walked twice.

During spring training with the Yankees, Refsnyder batted .364 (16-for-44 in 26 games). He competed with Jose Pirela and Stephen Drew for the starting spot at second base. He outhit Drew (.259), and though Pirela (.370) eventually was sidelined with a concussion, Refsnyder was sent to the minors to work on his defense.

Since committing those two errors in Game 1 on April 25, Refsnyder has started 13 of his 15 games at second base and hasn't had a miscue. He was the DH in the two other games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (16-18, 4th place in International League North).

Elsewhere in the minors:


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(16-17, T-4th place in Eastern League Eastern)

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(18-15, 2nd place in Florida State League North)

Shortstop Abiatal Avelino was 3-for-5 with a stolen base, and rightfielder Michael O'Neill and leftfielder Danny Oh were each 2-for-4 with a double as the Yankees beat St. Lucie, 6-4.

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(19-13, 1st place in South Atlantic League Southern)

The RiverDogs had off.