If you haven't been following along with Tanya's daily Baby Bomber Recap, and I think that you should, a man named Rob Refsnyder has come out of nowhere to be the organization's best hitter by a large margin. He has been phenomenal this season so far and is currently hitting .382/.486/.504 across two levels.
He started his professional career at Low-A Charleston and hit a moderately underwhelming .241/.319/.364 as a 21-year-old. He repeated the level this season, but soon rocketed himself to High-A Tampa after only 13 games. Refsnyder has taken his .370/.452/.481 batting line in Charleston and has actually hit better since his promotion; he has a .391/.512/.522 line in 18 games for Tampa. So far this season he has had an 18-game hitting streak, accumulated five three-hit games and currently has four consecutive two-hit games.
In 2012 he hit a paltry .186/.258/.288 against left-handed pitching as a right-handed hitter. Batters historically hit opposite handed pitching better than same handed pitchers, but he did hit a much more impressive .272/.353/.408 against righties. This season has been much different. He is currently killing lefties with a .400/.583/.440 batting line and has even improved against righties with a .378/.455/.520 line.
Drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft as an outfielder, Refsnyder was transitioned to second base for the 2013 season and is still trying to get all the kinks out. He already has 12 errors on the year, but the organization believes he profiles more as a middle infielder than as an outfielder due to his lack of power (He only has 5 in his professional career) and ability to steal bases (11 SB in 2012 and already has 13 in 2013). If he continues to hit like this he might force his way into Double-A. Watch out, Jose Pirela.
It might be right to ask how legitimate his numbers are if they weren't so outlandish to begin with. Video game numbers aren't sustainable because no one is this good, but how good is he really? It's probably a good idea to temper your expectations, just in case. We'll have to see.
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