Married Monica in December 2015...Was born in Seoul, South Korea, and adopted by Clint and Jane Refsnyder when he was five months old (his older sister, Elizabeth, was also adopted)...is one of just two South Korea-born players to appear for the Yankees, joining RHP Chan Ho Park, who made 27 relief appearances for the team in 2010...at the time of his Major League debut in 2015, became only the fourth South Korea-born position player in Major League history (also Texas OF Shin-Soo Choo, Pittsburgh INF Jung Ho Kang and former INF Hee-Seop Choi)...Attended Laguna Hills High School (Calif.), where he played baseball, basketball and football...as a junior, was named "Player of the Year" in his conference as an outside linebacker...the following year, he was a quarterback, leading his team to an undefeated season and a state championship... Attended the University of Arizona and was an outfielder...as a junior, was a member of the 2012 College World Series Champion Arizona Wildcats, earning CWS "Most Outstanding Player" honors...Won a gold medal at the IBAF World Youth Championships in Venezuela with the USA Youth National Team in 2007.
Batted .302 (13-for-43) with 3R, 3 doubles, 2HR, 5RBI, 3BB and 2SB in 16 games with the Yankees (12 starts at 2B) over two stints with the Yankees (7/11-19 and 9/1-10/4)...Became just the second South Korea-born player to play for the Yankees, joining RHP Chan Ho Park (27 relief appearances for the team in 2010)...became only the fourth South Korea-born position player in Major League history (also Texas OF Shin-Soo Choo, Pittsburgh INF Jung Ho Kang and former INF Hee-Seop Choi)...Hit .385 (5-for-13) off right-handed pitching compared to .267 (8-for-30) off left-handed pitching...Made his Major League debut in 7/11 loss at Boston, starting at 2B and going 0-for-3...was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the game...Hit two-run HR off Alexi Ogando-the first homer of his Major League career-in the ninth and was 2-for-4 in 7/12 win at Boston...recorded his first career hit with a seventh-inning single off Tommy Layne...became the first Yankees second baseman since at least 1914 to homer in either of his first two Major League games...Started eight of the Yankees' final 11 games at 2B (beginning on 9/24)...hit safely in all eight of those starts, batting .393 (11-for-28) with 2R, 3 doubles, 1HR, 3RBI, 3BB and 2SB...Was 2-for-4 with 1 double, 1RBI, 2BB/1IBB and 1SB in 9/30 loss vs. Boston, becoming just the second Yankee since 2011 to reach base safely at least four times in a game within his first 13 career games, joining Yangervis Solarte (4/3/14 at Houston in his second career game)... collected his first career stolen base in the seventh inning...Hit .271 (122-for-450) with 66R, 28 doubles, 2 triples, 9HR, 56RBI and 12SB in 117 games with Scranton/WB...through 8/31, ranked fifth in the IL with 56BB...Was named International League "Player of the Week" for the period from 5/11-17, batting .400 (12-for-30) with 6R, 4 doubles, 2HR and 6RBI over the stretch...hit 2HR on 5/17 at Durham...Hit safely in 16 of 17 games with the RailRiders from 6/24-7/22, batting .404 (23-for-57) with 13R, 5 doubles, 2HR, 10RBI and 16BB over the span...reached safely via hit or walk in all 17...In 26 spring training games, hit .364 (16-for-44) with 10R, 6 doubles, 1HR, 7RBI, 8BB and 2SB...tied for second on the team in hits...Following the season, was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the Yankees organization...was also tabbed by MiLB.com as an Organization All-Star.
Combined with Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to bat .318 (164-for-515) with 82R, 38 doubles, 6 triples, 14HR, 63RBI, a .497 slugging pct. and .387 OBP...ranked third among Yankees minor leaguers in batting average...Hit .385 (55-for-143) off left-handed pitching, compared to a .293 (109-for-372) mark vs. right-handers...Posted a .977 fielding percentage at 2B (12E, 528TC), including a .988 mark with Scranton/WB (3E, 245TC)...also made nine starts in RF with the RailRiders (0E, 14TC)...Began the season with Trenton, hitting .342 (78-for-228) with 35R, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 6HR and 30RBI in 60 games...Was named Eastern League "Player of the Week" for the period from 5/26-6/1, batting .500 (14-for-28) with 7R, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 1HR and 7RBI in seven games over the span... Recorded multiple hits in 15 of his final 17 games with the Thunder, batting .493 (34-for-69) with an .855 SLG% (10 doubles, 3 triples, 3HR) over the span from 5/22-6/8...Was promoted to Scranton/WB on 6/10 and spent the remainder of the season there, batting .300 (86-for-287) with 47R, 19 doubles, 8HR and 33RBI in 77 games... had 27 multi-hit games with the RailRiders...went 6-for-31 in his first eight Triple-A games, but hit .313 (80-for-256) over his final 69 games...Hit a three-run "walk-off" HR on 7/4 vs. Buffalo, earning him a 2014 MiLBY Award for "Best Home Run"... hit a "walk-off" RBI double in 8/31 win vs. Lehigh Valley...Following the season, was ranked by Baseball America as the Yankees' seventh-best prospect...was also tabbed an Organization All-Star by MiLB.com...was also named to the Baseball America Triple-A All-Star team.
Combined at Single-A Tampa and Single-A Charleston to bat .293 (137-for-467) with 75R, 32 doubles, 3 triples, 6HR and 57RBI in 130 games...stole 23 bases in 29 attempts (79.3%)...ranked fourth among Yankees minor leaguers in stolen bases and third in batting average...Started a combined 108 games at 2B, his first season at the position (25E, 441TC)...Began the season with Charleston, batting .370 (20-for-54) with 9R, 4 doubles and 6RBI in 13 games...Was transferred to Tampa on 4/18 and spent the remainder of the season there, hitting .283 (117-for-413) with 66R, 28 doubles, 6HR and 51RBI in 117 games...ranked second in the Florida State League in walks (78) and OBP (.408)...led Tampa in runs scored and walks, and tied for the team lead in doubles...Hit safely in his final six games with Charleston and his first 12 games with Tampa, combining to bat .405 (30-for-74) during that stretch (4/12-30)...Following the season, was tabbed by MiLB.com as an Organization All-Star.