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Rob Refsnyder, Yankees prospect, getting better with bat, glove

New York Yankees' Robert Refsnyder claps his hands

New York Yankees' Robert Refsnyder claps his hands after hitting a single to score teammates Jonathan Galvez and Jake Cave in the ninth inning of an exhibition spring training game on Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Kissimmee, Fla. Credit: AP / DG

Second baseman Rob Refsnyder was 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored but Yankees Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre fell to Gwinnett, 3-2, on Tuesday.

Centerfielder Ben Gamel hit his first home run of the season for the RailRiders (9-11), a one-out solo shot in the top of the ninth.

Refsnyder is 8-for-15 with three doubles, a walk, eight runs and five RBIs in his past four games. He's raised his batting average more than 70 points, from .193 on April 25 to .264.

Perhaps more important, however, is that Refsnyder seems steadier in the field. Refsnyder has seven errors this season, including three in his first four games. He hasn't had a miscue in any of his last four games.

Elsewhere in the minors


First baseman Greg Bird and designated hitter Eric Jagielo each homered, but the Thunder lost to New Hampshire, 7-5. Leftfielder Jake Cave was 2-for-4 with a double, and catcher Gary Sanchez went 2-for-4.


First baseman Mike Ford and leftfielder Ericson Leonora each went 2-for-4 with a home run as the Yankees beat Clearwater, 8-7. Catcher Kyle Higashioka hit a grand slam with one out in the top of the ninth to give Tampa an 8-3 lead.


Leftfielder Brandon Thomas was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk, but the RiverDogs fell to Asheville, 5-1. Second baseman Gosuke Katoh and third baseman Angel Aguilar were each 2-for-4.

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