Blue Jays acquire Refsnyder from Yanks for McBroom

 The Toronto Blue Jays dealt prospect Ryan McBroom (above) to the New York Yankees for utility man Rob Refsnyder on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

The Toronto Blue Jays dealt prospect Ryan McBroom (above) to the New York Yankees for utility man Rob Refsnyder on Sunday. Photo Credit: Jay Blue

By Andrew Hendriks

Canadian Baseball Network

Kicking off what could turn out to be an active pre-trade deadline period in Toronto, the Blue Jays acquired utility man Rob Refsnyder from the New York Yankees on Sunday in exchange for minor league prospect Ryan McBroom. 

Refsnyder, 26, has appeared in 93 games since making his major league debut with the Bombers in 2015. Through 232 big league at-bats, the former fifth-rounder has slashed .241/.312/.332 with a pair of home runs over parts of three seasons.

In the minors, the six-foot product of Seoul, South Korea owns an OPS of .811 to go along with 63 stolen bases and 178 extra-base hits across 522 games dating back to his professional debut with low-A Charleston in 2012.

Although the majority of his playing time (29 games) has come at first base, Refsnyder has also started major league games at both corner outfield positions, in addition to the occasional assignment at second.

McBroom, 25, is a veteran of 421 minor league games and has produced a cumulative slash-line of .280/.343/.459 with 57 home runs in 1,577 at-bats. Drafted out of West Virginia University as a 22-year-old in 2014, the 6-foot-3 infielder has spent all of 2017 with double-A New Hampshire, posting an OPS of .723 over 93 games.

Having spent the lion's share of 2017 with the triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Railriders, Refsnyder will now report to Blue Jays' triple-A affiliate in Buffalo as he switches organizations for the first time in his career.

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Andrew Hendriks

Born in southern Ontario during the late 1980's, Hendriks had a front row seat to watch the Blue Jays reach the pinnacle in '92/'93 as a child, an experience that only bolstered this Canadian's love for the "American Game." Having played since before his memory allows access too, his passion for Baseball grew over years of emulating his heroes on the local sandlots, memorizing the backs of chewing gum scented cards and travelling across North America to experience as many aspects of the game as possible. In 2009, Hendriks began volunteering at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame as a Weekend Tour Guide. By 2010, he was hired on to help curate for the museum & Instruct the fundamentals of the game along side such legends as Tony Fernandez, Roberto Alomar and Jim Fanning during the Hall's annual Kids On Deck program. Following the 2011 season, Hendriks began blogging and co-hosting a weekly podcast for www.BackInBlue.ca, a Blue Jays themed website ran by fans, for fans. Looking to continue connecting with baseball fans across the country, Hendriks is excited to join such a strong team at the Canadian Baseball Network and looks forward to chipping in.