Robert Refsnyder, the University of Arizona outfielder who helped end South Carolina’s two-year hold on the College World Series championship, has joined the Charleston RiverDogs at Riley Park and is expected to play in the team’s home game tonight against Asheville.
Refsnyder was picked in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, the RiverDogs’ parent club. While leading Arizona to a national title, he had 10 hits in 21 at-bats in Omaha.
The Korean-born Refsnyder, adopted by an American couple, wore out Gamecock pitchers but drew almost as much attention in South Carolina for a postgame Twitter blast aimed at fans he blamed for derogatory and racist comments at College World Series games.
“I will never live in South Carolina because they can’t accept Asians playing baseball,” he tweeted.
Refsnyder quickly deleted the tweet, and added another: “when people make death threats to my family and myself for being a certain color or race … Caused some animosity”
And: “Poor judgment on my part I apologize, nothing but respect for south carolina and ray tanner.”
Refsnyder’s Twitter account was restricted Tuesday, except for a basic introduction that read, “21 and blessed, played baseball at Arizona and now in the Yankees organization.”
Refsnyder, from Laguna Hills, Calif., hit .364 as a junior in 2012 with eight home runs and 66 runs batted in.
The RiverDogs open an eight-game homestand tonight night at Riley Park.