BOSTON -- The Yankees had already expressed reluctance to rush infield prospect Rob Refsnyder to the big leagues, and Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline deals will help general manager Brian Cashman keep the 23-year-old with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"I've been pretty consistent about Refsnyder, that my intention is to have him play his year out at second base," Cashman said. "I have played a little bit with him in the outfield just in case we had to pull that rip-cord, but now I'll have him focus solely on second base the rest of the way."
Refsnyder, ranked by MLB.com as the Yankees' No. 6 prospect, has posted a slash line of .298/.404/.494 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 46 games at Triple-A after starting the year with Double-A Trenton. Cashman has suggested that Refsnyder, a fifth-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, could be the Yankees' starting second baseman in 2015.
"I've been pretty consistent and reluctant to bring him up," Cashman said. "I'd rather him play the whole year out and prepare potentially to take a shot at the roster next year."