RailRiders Notebook: Rob Refsnyder reflects on Derek Jeter Night, time with Yankees captain

By DJ Eberle - [email protected]

Rob Refsnyder


    MOOSIC — Rob Refsnyder walked into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders clubhouse shortly after 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

    His teammates greeted him with high-fives and fist bumps. Not soon after he was settled in was Refsnyder asked about Derek Jeter Night.

    The 26-year-old utility man was called up by the New York Yankees before the nightcap against the Houston Astros on Sunday. Which meant he was in the dugout as Derek Jeter got his number retired at Yankee Stadium Sunday night.

    “It was a great ceremony,” Refsnyder said. “Obviously he’s part of Yankees history. I’m 26, so he’s the guy I looked up to and watched a lot growing up.”

    While Refsnyder didn’t have many major interactions with the former Yankees captain, he didn’t need to. Growing up during the prime of Jeter’s career, he understood the shortstop’s impact on the franchise.

    “I was always in the minor league complex in Tampa pretty early. Before the major league complex would open up Derek would always come down and work out,” Refsnyder said. “I had a couple times to interact with him. He’s just down to earth. I think why he’s so well-respected is that he remembered everyone’s name and made eye contact, and stuff like that.”

    Wade getting comfortable

    A shortstop and second baseman by trade, Tyler Wade made his third start of his career in the outfield Tuesday night — leading off and playing left field.

    For a player who had just one start at third base and no minor-league experience in the outfield heading into the 2017 campaign, the 22-year-old has gotten very comfortable in the field after a month-plus of action. Wade’s made three starts at third base, two in left field and a lone start in center along with his regular duty at both shortstop and second.

    “It’s been pretty smooth. (Yankees outfield instructor) Reggie Willits has helped me a lot,” Wade said of the transition. “If you put me at third, short, second, left, center, right, it’s just as natural as if I play short every day.”

    Playing in the Arizona Fall League this offseason, Wade made 16 of a possible 18 starts in the outfield in preparation for his upcoming campaign. The experience has made a difference, according to Wade.

    “That was a huge stepping stone for me. That was literally my first time ever stepping in the outfield in my career — from Little League to now,” Wade said. “Being able to learn the outfield at one of the highest levels was huge for me. Transitioning down into the season — from spring training to now — I feel great.”

    Fowler tripling in Triple-A

    RailRiders outfielder Dustin Fowler collected his Triple-A-high seventh triple of the season in Monday night’s extra-inning win against the Pawtucket Red Sox.

    The 22-year-old is on pace to almost double Shane Victorino’s single-season franchise record of 16, which the former Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons outfielder during the 2005 season. Fowler’s on pace for 28.

    “I come out of the (batter’s) box, obviously, wanting a triple the whole time, but I think it’s just — especially nights here — it’s a big ballpark,” Fowler said. “I see the ball well here. Big gaps and if you come out of the box hard. It’s pretty easy if you really try out of the box. I think I’m just fortunate I hit them here when I have the chance to do it.”

    Fowler’s swing is made for PNC Field, which is known as a pitcher’s ballpark. Six of his seven triples have come at home.

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    By DJ Eberle

    [email protected]

    Reach DJ Eberle at 570-991-6398 or on Twitter @ByDJEberle

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