|New York Yankees|
|Second baseman / Right fielder|
March 26, 1991 |
Seoul, South Korea
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
Robert Daniel Refsnyder (born March 26, 1991) is a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees organization. Before he was drafted by the Yankees, Refsnyder played college baseball for the University of Arizona. Winning the 2012 College World Series (CWS) with the Arizona Wildcats baseball team, Refsnyder was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.
Refsnyder was born in Seoul, South Korea. He was adopted by Jane and Clint Refsnyder, a couple in California, when he was three months old. Refsnyder's adopted sister, Elizabeth, who was also born in Korea and adopted by the Refsnyders, played college softball at Kenyon College.
Refsnyder attended Laguna Hills High School in Laguna Hills, California. He played baseball, basketball, and American football at Laguna Hills. He was the quarterback for the school's American football team. In his senior season, he was named his division's Offensive Player of the Year for the football team and co-MVP for the baseball team. Colleges in the Pacific-12 Conference recruited Refsnyder to play quarterback for their football teams.
Refsnyder attended the University of Arizona, where he played college baseball for the Arizona Wildcats baseball team in the Pacific-12 Conference. In his freshman year, in the 2010 season, Refsnyder was an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. After his sophomore season, Refsnyder played collegiate summer baseball for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod Baseball League. As a junior during the 2012 Wildcats season, Refsnyder batted .352, leading the Wildcats with six home runs, and recording 63 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases. In the first game of the 2012 College World Series (CWS), Refsnyder hit a home run. He was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player, as Refsnyder batted 10-for-21 (.476) in the 2012 CWS and the Wildcats defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The New York Yankees drafted Refsnyder in the fifth round, with the 187th overall selection, in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft. Though a right fielder for Arizona, the Yankees profile Refsnyder as a second baseman. Refsnyder signed with the Yankees on July 6 for a $205,900 signing bonus. He reported to the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he made his professional debut on July 10.
Refsnyder began the 2013 season with Charleston. After posting a .370 batting average and a .452 on-base percentage in 13 games, Refsnyder was promoted to the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on April 19.
Refsnyder's girlfriend, Monica Drake, is an All-American swimmer at the University of Arizona, and competed in the 2008 and 2012 United States Olympic Trials, attempting to qualify for the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
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