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UA baseball: College World Series MVP Refsnyder signs with Yankees

2012-07-06T13:35:00Z 2012-07-22T19:20:20Z UA baseball: College World Series MVP Refsnyder signs with YankeesBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Arizona Wildcats outfielder Robert Refsnyder signed with the New York Yankees today, ending his college eligibility after three seasons.

Refsnyder’s deal is worth $205,900, Baseball America’s Jim Callis reported. The Yankees took Refsnyder with their fifth-round pick in last month’s amateur draft. He is the fourth UA draftee to sign in recent weeks: shortstop Alex Mejia (4th round, Cardinals), third baseman Seth Mejias-Brean (8th round, Reds) and outfielder Joey Rickard (ninth round, Rays) are the others.

Ace Kurt Heyer, a sixth-round pick of the Cardinals, is expected to sign soon. Designated hitter Bobby Brown has also signed a free-agent contract with the Royals.

Refsynder hit .364 as a junior with a team-high eight home runs and 64 RBIs; he was named College World Series MVP last week as the Wildcats took home their first national championship since 1986.

The Yankees drafted Refsnyder with hopes of converting him into a second baseman. The Laguna Hills, Calif., native played the position sparingly as a UA freshman.

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