Plan A: Starlin Castro
Robinson Cano seems like light years ago, but the Yankees may have finally found their man for second base. After a productive spring in which Castro batted .367 with a pair of home runs, 11 RBIs, and a .944 OPS, the newly converted second baseman has started off the regular season on a 7-for-12 tear from the number-eight spot in the batting order. For all his defensive shortcomings at shortstop as a member of the Chicago Cubs, second base should be an easy transition to for Castro, who has already made some dynamite plays this year.
Plan B: Dustin Ackley and Rob Refsnyder
Ackley will make a lot of these “Plan B” lists because of his versatility, which is a valuable commodity. He may not be Ben Zobrist, but Ackley can cover the outfield corners, second base, and first base, should the circumstances demand it. However, Ackley isn’t the only man capable of backing up the keystone position. Waiting in Triple-A yet again is Refsnyder. While Refsnyder could have made the team as a utility infielder, it was clear that he was not yet ready to handle third base (see video below) while still mastering second. Offensively there’s little doubt that he could be an above-replacement-level hitter, having held his own at every level of the minors and in 43 at-bats at the major-league level last season. If Refsnyder is to see any significant time in the majors this season, it will be due to injuries, but he will first need to prove that he is not a defensive liability when the Yankees run him out to either second or third base.