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The trade deadline brought some new exciting players into the Yankees farm system. All of the new potential working through the farm system has energized fans with new excitement that has not been seen in years. Names like Clint Frazier, Gleyber Torres, Jorge Mateo, and Miguel Andujar have the same hype that Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, and Aaron Judge did two years ago. But wait.....there is one person missing in that last group...
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Greg Bird and Rob Refsnyder made important appearances together in 2015. Bird showed all of us (even me) that he could be Mark Teixeira's replacement thanks to his offensive and defensive abilities. Refsnyder only played in 16 games but he had a .302 BA. He impressed the Yankees so much that Joe Girardi trusted him as a starter in the 2015 AL Wild Card game and gave him playing time instead of struggling veteran Jacoby Ellsbury. It was symbolic!
In 2016 it looked like Refsnyder might finally get his chance and be the starting second baseman. It quickly changed when Brian Cashman made a surprising trade bringing Starlin Castro to the Bronx. The shortstop soon to be second baseman ruined any chance Refsnyder had at finally becoming the Yankees everyday starter.
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With the way things currently stand on the Yankees and all of the talent they do have Refsnyder looks to be one of the first of the "older" youth movement to go. There's no room for him on the roster and the Yankees will have to figure out what to do with him sooner rather than later. I have always loved his passion. He may not have the star attraction now that these new kids have but he really gave it his all.
It just sucks to see a talented guy with a heart of gold not achieve the ultimate dream. I guess this is what happens when you have a strong farm system. Someone has to be the odd man out, but will it be Refsnyder?
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