When the 2019 season began for Rob Refsnyder he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He signed with them in late November and was invited to spring training. The 28-year-old didn’t make the team out of the spring and was sent to Triple-A Reno. He went 0-4 in his only game with them. The Reds traded for him on April 7th and he showed up and played in his first game with Louisville on April 11th.

Rob Refsnyder has been in the Major Leagues in each of the last four years. He has not yet been called up by the Reds this season. He’s spent the entire season in Triple-A. That April he played in 19 games with Louisville and he hit .328/.377/.508. You will take that line every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

In May he played a bit more, getting into 24 games for the Bats. He matched his .885 OPS from April, hitting .300/.385/.500 over 90 at-bats. In June he put together his best month, at least by OPS, hitting .370/.435/.574. But the month did end a week early as he was placed on the injured list. He only played in 16 games and had 54 at-bats.

On July 2nd he was activated from the injured list, but that only lasted for a few days before he headed back to the injured list. He returned at the end of the month, but only played in five total games for Louisville. He did hit .313/.313/.563 over those games, though. Thus far in August he’s played in 17 games. Healthy again, he’s hitting .333/.382/.508 in 63 at-bats.

While July was very limited due to injury, in every single month this season, Rob Refsnyder has hit for at least a .300 average and he’s slugged at least .500. That’s incredibly consistent. Through 81 games played the outfielder is now hitting .327/.389/.521. He’s hit 21 doubles, 2 triples, 10 home runs, and drawn 30 walks with 79 strikeouts.

Noah Davis has his best career start

The Cincinnati Reds took a bit of a gamble in the 11th round of the 2018 draft. They decided to take Noah Davis with the pick despite the fact that he had undergone Tommy John surgery in March while pitching for UC Santa Barbara. The Reds liked the upside and figured his talent was worth the risk.

Last night he flashed the upside that you could see before his injury. Pitching for the Billings Mustangs he tossed 5.0 shutout innings, allowed just two hits, walked one batter, and he struck out eight batters. The right-handed began the year working his way back in the Arizona Rookie League, but he’s now made five starts with the Mustangs and he’s been pretty good.

In his previous four starts with Billings he had gone 4.0 innings in all of them. And he had only allowed three earned runs. He did walk a few batters more than you’d liked to have seen, handing out seven free passes in those 16 innings to go with 14 strikeouts. After Monday night his ERA with the Mustangs dropped to 1.29 through 21.0 innings where he’s allowed 13 hits, eight walks, and 22 strikeouts.

18 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    Is Rob Refsnyder on the 40 man?
    If so, he sounds like a Sept call up.
    Looks interesting.

  2. SultanofSwaff

    Definitely worth a look-see in September. Option Peraza to make room if necessary…..we have more than enough data on that guy.

    Refsnyder has hit everywhere…..except the majors. I’d give him 60-80 ABs and make a decision whether he’s in the mix. At worst a nice insurance policy.

    • Oldtimer

      Optioning Peraza does not open a spot on 40 man roster.

      • Gaffer

        Yep, and there is a 28 man limit now on the active roster I think.

      • Doug Gray

        That’s next year. This year you can still call up all 40 guys if you really want to.

  3. Gaffer

    .218/.308/.302 with 47 walks and 80 strikeouts in 423 plate appearances.

    • Bored

      Low numbers, but the K and BB percentages are pretty good. With decent peripherals in the majors (besides BABIP), very good minor league numbers, and a lack of playing time in the majors to prove himself, he might be a guy to take a look at for a team that’s out of contention.

  4. Cguy

    Rather the Reds concentrate on trying to hold onto O’Grady, Longhi, Crook, & Nay. RR will be 29 before OD next spring.

  5. wutinthehail

    How does a guy like that, who has put up great numbers throughout his minor league career, not get an extended change in the major leagues at some point? He worked his way through the Yankees system relatively quickly and has just stalled since.

  6. CW Lackey

    Reds should keep R Iglesias for SS & Glavis for 2nd base. Iglesias a very good defensive SS and can hit with some pop and hits in the clutch. Glavis with a very good glove and hits, plus power. Keep both. Outfield WINKER/ERVIN? don’like platoon. Senzel in CF. unless a big change Aquino in RF. 3B is Zuarez & Votto take up the other 2 infield positions. Like to see a better catcher especially hitting wise. Pitchers will text later.

      • Curt

        Works for me. I suppose there might be a way to keep all three if Galvis takes Peraza’s place and they let Deitrich go. But JVM needs to start.

    • Mo Sanford

      I hope it is J Iglesias not R Iglesias at SS next year.

      I hope it is Galvis at 2B not Glavis

      I hope it is Suarez at 3B not Zuarez.

      What catchers are out there that are available as “hitters”. Better luck seeking the golden unicorn….just wishful, wishful thinking.

  7. Curt

    I’ve been noticing Refsnyder, quietly getting something done almost every night. Nice insurance to have. Probably could be a 4th outfielder now.