COLUMN: The Kid Is All Right!
Jul 15, 2015 | 13638 views | 3 3 comments | 501 501 recommendations | email to a friend | print
John Jastremski is a sports radio talk show host on WFAN and CBS Radio.
John Jastremski is a sports radio talk show host on WFAN and CBS Radio.
Weekend before the All-Star Break, Yankees-Red Sox. Fenway Park. You can’t ask for a better setting and a better place to make your major league debut.

I was so excited to hear on Friday night that highly touted second-base prospect Rob Refsynder would get the opportunity to play Saturday and Sunday.

Refsynder is a guy the Yankee fan has heard quite a bit about over the last couple of months. This is a guy I’ve wanted to see for weeks! I’ve been screaming show after show on WFAN for Yankee brass to give him a shot at the big-league level.

The converted outfielder was a star for Arizona State in the College World Series, he’s had a rapid rise to the big leagues, and he has the chance to provide something the Yankees have not had since the departure of Robinson Cano, stability at second base.

The Yankees despite their success in the first half of this season have had all sorts of issues at the position. Yes, Stephen Drew has 12 home runs and provides solid defense at the position, but when you’re an everyday player with a batting average under .200, you shouldn’t be playing!

Case closed. It’s tough to justify writing a name in the lineup each and every day if they are not getting on base.

No other way around it, a batting average under .200 is an absolute disgrace.

Refsynder was 0-3 in his big league debut on Saturday, but in his second game in the majors, he wowed the Fenway Park audience with not only his first hit, but his first home run over the World Famous Green Monster in left field.

I fully expect not only for Rob Refsynder to continue to get opportunities to play in the second half of this season, I expect him to eventually win the everyday job.

Refsynder’s call up will not only be helpful to the Yankees in 2015, but it has a chance to be the start of something Yankee fans have been dying to see for quite some time: a little bit of a youth movement in the Bronx.

Yes, the Yankees have spent a ton of money over the years on high-priced free agent players. However, the player the Yankee fan will always gravitate towards the most is the guy who came up through the minor league system.

Think about fan favorites over the last generation. The Core Four, Bernie Williams, Don Mattingly and Thurman Munson. Talented Yankee icons yes, but also homegrown Yankees developed through the farm system.

Even look at two Yankee All-Stars from 2015. Brett Gardner and Dellin Betances. Yes, both players are outstanding at what they do, but you appreciate them more because of the fact they grew up through the Yankee system.

For the first time in a long time, the Yankee farm system appears to have high-end talented players ready to help the team in the near-distant future.

Starting pitcher Luis Severino and outfielder Aaron Judge are two of the top prospects in baseball and represented the team in the Futures Game last Sunday during the All-Star Game festivities in Cincinnati.

It’s only a matter of when, not if, both players get their chance to help the Yankees. The success of Rob Refsynder could be a turning point for the organization allowing their young players to not only have a chance to come up to the big leagues, but a chance to come up and thrive and play everyday on a winning team wearing the pinstripes.

The Kansas City Royals showed Major League Baseball last year that baseball has become a young man’s game. It’s refreshing to see the Yankees come to this reality.
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July 17, 2015
Bear Down RR! We know writers in the NE have no clue about the Pac12 outside of the LA schools. Congrats on the call up now play your ass off!
July 16, 2015
Another "journalist" who can't tell the difference between Arizona State and Arizona.
July 16, 2015
Arizona. Not asu. Asu sucks.