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Rob Refsnyder lighting up Yankees' minors

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders infielder Rob Refsnyder takes his turn

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders infielder Rob Refsnyder takes his turn at the plate for batting practice during media day Tuesday, April 7, 2015, for the baseball team in Moosic, Pa. The team is a Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees. Credit: AP / Butch Comegys

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.

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:


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

Catcher Gary Sanchez was 3-for-5 with a double and a home run, DH Eric Jagielo went 3-for-4 with a double and third baseman Dan Fiorito was 3-for-5 with two doubles as the Thunder beat Portland, 9-8. Trailing by two runs in the top of the ninth, Jagielo led off with a double and Sanchez followed with his home run to tie the score. Fiorito's two-out double drove home Taylor Dugas from first with the winning run.


(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.


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

The RiverDogs had off.

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