Rob Refsnyder

Rob Refsnyder

33-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
2024 Fantasy Outlook
The Red Sox are pleased with Refsnyder as a depth outfielder that hits lefties well (.828 OPS in 2023) and inked him to a deal for the 2024 season. For the first time in his career, Refsnyder will not have to enter the offseason seeking a minor-league contract with yet another organization - Boston is the sixth stop. The trade of Alex Verdugo to the Yankees, along with Adam Duvall hitting free agency, means Boston's outfield has a different look. Tyler O'Neill, acquired during the winter meetings, is expected to take over in right field with Masataka Yoshida in left and one of a group that includes Wilyer Abreu, Jarren Duran and Cedanne Rafaela in center. It's unlikely that Refsnyder, who had a career-high 242 plate appearances in 2023, will be anything more than a fourth outfielder or the short side of a platoon, and both the player and team are happy with that. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.85 million contract extension with the Red Sox in June of 2023. Contract includes $2 million team option for 2025.
Belts first homer
OFBoston Red Sox
April 20, 2024
Refsnyder went 2-for-5 with a double, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 8-1 win over the Pirates.
ANALYSIS
He launched a Quinn Priester changeup over the fence in right-center field in the fifth inning to chase the Bucs right-hander from the game. Refsnyder got the nod in right field and hit third Friday in his first start since making his 2024 debut, and while most of his playing time this season will come against southpaws, injuries to Tyler O'Neill (concussion) and others could make him a lineup regular in the short term.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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#8
#9
2
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
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#6
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+33%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+43%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+78%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+27%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .890 223 33 4 30 4 .324 .422 .468
Since 2022vs Right .668 211 27 4 22 5 .222 .324 .344
2024vs Left .900 5 0 0 1 0 .250 .400 .500
2024vs Right 1.289 10 4 1 2 1 .333 .400 .889
2023vs Left .828 145 21 1 21 4 .308 .428 .400
2023vs Right .466 97 10 0 7 3 .159 .271 .195
2022vs Left 1.005 73 12 3 8 0 .359 .411 .594
2022vs Right .792 104 13 3 13 1 .270 .365 .427
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .795 202 28 4 24 3 .303 .368 .427
Since 2022Away .769 232 32 4 28 6 .247 .379 .389
2024Home .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2024Away 1.262 14 4 1 3 1 .333 .429 .833
2023Home .665 112 12 0 12 2 .250 .342 .323
2023Away .696 130 19 1 16 5 .245 .385 .311
2022Home .960 89 16 4 12 1 .370 .404 .556
2022Away .794 88 9 2 9 0 .236 .364 .431
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Stat Review
How does Rob Refsnyder compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
9.1%
 
K Rate
18.2%
 
BABIP
.286
 
ISO
.500
 
AVG
.300
 
OBP
.364
 
SLG
.800
 
OPS
1.164
 
wOBA
.485
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
37.5%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
Expected BA
.373
 
Expected SLG
.657
 
Sprint Speed
22.6 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
62.5%
 
Line Drive %
25.0%
 
Fly Ball %
12.5%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Could see time at first base
OFBoston Red Sox
April 17, 2024
Manager Alex Cora said Monday that Refsnyder, who is on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Worcester as he returns from a toe fracture, will be reintroduced to playing first base, per Mac Cerullo of the Boston Herald.
ANALYSIS
The veteran outfielder has 36 appearances at first base during his big-league career, the most recent of which came in 2020 with the Rangers. Refsnyder fits in as Boston's No. 4 outfielder and should get occasional starts against left-handing pitching, and the positional versatility should help his push for playing time. However, Tristan Casas should be locked in nearly every day at first base, so the versatility is unlikely to affect Refsnyder's fantasy outlook.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Refsnyder joined the Red Sox on a minor-league contract for 2022, but he was on the big-league roster from mid-June through the end of the season (though he also dealt with a couple injuries). He did his best work against left-handed pitching with a 1.005 OPS, but he also fared well against righties (.270/.365/.427). Sample size is an obvious concern since he played in just 57 games (one short of his career high), but Refsnyder showed he's at the very least a viable candidate as a short-side platoon option. The signing of Masataka Yoshida solidifies Boston's primary outfield alongside Enrique Hernandez and Alex Verdugo, but Refsnyder should still receive some chances as the No. 4 outfielder, especially against southpaws since both Yoshida and Verdugo are left-handed bats.
Refsnyder spent the spring in camp with the Indians but was designated for assignment after failing to make their major-league roster. The Rays claimed him and gave Refsnyder an Opening Day roster spot. After slashing an anemic .167/.314/.274, Refsynder was again designated and sent to Triple-A Durham after clearing waivers. He posted a more productive .283/.357/.402 line for the Bulls but wasn't called back to the majors when rosters expanded. Refsnyder signed a minor-league contact with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training, hoping his ability to play both corner outfield spots and all around the infield warrants a return to the majors.
Refsnyder failed to impress during his latest stint in the big leagues, posting a dismal 22 wRC+ over 98 plate appearances between New York and Toronto. He put bat to ball with decent consistency (17.3 strikeout percentage), but the quality of that contact was poor, to put it nicely. Refsnyder posted a 16.9 percent hard contact rate and managed just three extra-base hits, resulting in an .045 ISO. Only four players with 90-plus plate appearances posted lower wOBA marks: Luke Maile, Arismendy Alcantara, Luis Torrens and Chris Stewart. Refsnyder had some buzz as a prospect and he fared well in his 16-game debut in 2015, but he's done nothing but backslide over the past two years. The Blue Jays left Refsnyder unprotected at the end of the season and the Indians claimed him off waivers. It's no lock that Refsnyder will maintain his 40-man spot through the winter.
With just 16 games under his belt, Refsnyder was plugged into the starting lineup in the Yankees' lone playoff game in 2015, so it looked like he may have earned the organization's trust and a larger role in 2016. Instead, the club acquired Starlin Castro to man the keystone, and after taking some reps at third base in spring training, Refsnyder was sent back to the minors to open up the season. He ended up making multiple trips back and forth between the majors and minors. When all was said and done, the 25-year-old proved to be extremely versatile with at least four starts in the big leagues at first base, right field, second base, and left field. At the plate, he put together an impressive line in 54 games at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but other than his ability to draw walks, that success didn't translate to the majors. With a crowded depth chart yet again, Refsnyder could face a similar fate this season as a backup option at several positions or a starter in the minors.
Refsnyder, following another impressive campaign at the Triple-A level, was given his first chance in the majors in 2015, eventually leading to a platoon role late in September and being tabbed as a starter in the AL Wild Card game. The 24-year-old posted an impressive .302/.348/.512 line in 16 games, and actually had a .385 average against righties despite primarily being used against southpaws. That the Yankees thought highly enough of the 24-year-old to start him in a win-or-go-home game bodes well for Refsnyder, who will battle for a utility role this spring. The converted outfielder has had some questions regarding his defense, but he looked more than capable at second in the majors, so he could be given the opportunity to earn a full-time role eventually if he continues his production at the plate.
The 23-year-old second baseman has put up very impressive slash lines over the past two seasons in the minor leagues, but his hit tool will have to carry him as he is lacking in the power and speed departments. Refsnyder earned a promotion to Triple-A last season after slashing .342/.385/.548 with six home runs and five steals in 60 games at Double-A Trenton. His .391 BABIP had a lot to do with that production, but he still managed to exceed expectations after leaving Trenton thanks to a less aggressive approach. Stephen Drew was brought in during the offseason to provide a short-term solution at second base, meaning Refsnyder will likely head back to Triple-A to begin 2015, but he could get the call if Drew gets hurt or struggles for another prolonged stretch.
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Enters as pinch hitter
OFBoston Red Sox
April 19, 2024
Refsnyder entered Thursday's game as a pinch hitter and went 0-for-1 in a 5-4 loss to Cleveland.
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Returns from IL
OFBoston Red Sox
April 18, 2024
The Red Sox reinstated Refsnyder (toe) from the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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Nearing return
OFBoston Red Sox
Toe
April 17, 2024
Refsnyder (toe) will play at least one more full rehab game with Triple-A Worcester before being activated from the injured list, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
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Will see time at first base
OFBoston Red Sox
Toe
April 15, 2024
Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Monday that Refsnyder (toe) will play some first base upon his return from the 10-day injured list, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
OFBoston Red Sox
Toe
April 12, 2024
Refsnyder (toe) began a rehab assignment Wednesday at Triple-A Worcester and went hitless in three at-bats.
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