HUNTER DUSTIN HUNTER RENFROE
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Nickname:   N/A Position:   OF
Home: Gallman, MS Team:   PADRES
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 220 Throws:   R
DOB: 1/28/1992 Agent: N/A
Uniform #: 10  
Birth City: Jackson, MS
Draft: Padres #1 - 2013 - Out of Mississippi State Univ.
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2013 MWL FORT WAYNE   18 66 6 14 5 0 2 7 0 0 4 23 .268 .379 .212
2013 NWL EUGENE   25 104 20 32 9 0 4 18 2 0 5 26 .333 .510 .308
2014 TL SAN ANTONIO   60 224 17 52 12 0 5 23 2 1 25 53 .307 .353 .232
2014 CAL LAKE ELSINORE   69 278 46 82 21 3 16 52 9 3 28 81 .370 .565 .295
2015 PCL EL PASO   21 90 15 30 5 2 6 24 1 0 4 20 .358 .633 .333
2015 TL SAN ANTONIO   112 421 50 109 22 3 14 54 4 1 33 112 .313 .425 .259
2016 NL PADRES   11 35 8 13 3 0 4 14 0 0 1 5 .389 .800 .371
2016 PCL EL PASO   133 533 95 163 34 5 30 105 5 2 22 115 .336 .557 .306
2017 NL PADRES   24 92 6 22 3 0 5 9 1 0 2 24 .255 .435 .239
Personal
  • Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> grew CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Atlanta CLASS="highlight"> Braves.

    "Anytime CLASS="highlight"> anyone CLASS="highlight"> asked CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> what CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> do, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> Chipper CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">Jones CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> professional CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> highest CLASS="highlight"> level," Hunter CLASS="highlight"> said.

  • One CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> story involves CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> doubleheader CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> gaggle CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> national CLASS="highlight"> top-level CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> showed CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> him, CLASS="highlight"> only CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> opposing CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> intentionally CLASS="highlight"> walk CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> every CLASS="highlight"> time CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> bat.

    One CLASS="highlight"> scout, CLASS="highlight"> who’ll CLASS="highlight"> remain CLASS="highlight"> nameless, CLASS="highlight"> came CLASS="highlight"> down CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> bleachers CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> fence CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> offered CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> buy CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> opposing CLASS="highlight"> coach CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> steak CLASS="highlight"> dinner CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he’d CLASS="highlight"> pitch CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe. CLASS="highlight"> (The CLASS="highlight"> offer CLASS="highlight"> wasn’t CLASS="highlight"> claimed.)

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe's CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> year CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> private CLASS="highlight"> Copiah CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Gallman, CLASS="highlight"> Mississippi, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> put CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> absurd CLASS="highlight"> numbers CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> high CLASS="highlight"> school CLASS="highlight"> senior CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> tiny CLASS="highlight"> Copiah CLASS="highlight"> Academy CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Gallman, CLASS="highlight"> Miss., CLASS="highlight"> where CLASS="highlight"> there CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> just CLASS="highlight"> 40 CLASS="highlight"> students CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> graduating CLASS="highlight"> class. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> 20 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> senior—a CLASS="highlight"> state CLASS="highlight"> record CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> private CLASS="highlight"> schools—and CLASS="highlight"> hit CLASS="highlight"> .583 with CLASS="highlight"> 16 CLASS="highlight"> stolen CLASS="highlight"> bases.

    “I’m CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> town CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> maybe CLASS="highlight"> 4,000 CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> it,” CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> said, CLASS="highlight"> referring CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Crystal CLASS="highlight"> Springs, CLASS="highlight"> Miss. CLASS="highlight"> “I CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> flying CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> radar; CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> went CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> academy CLASS="highlight"> school. CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> Major CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> scouts CLASS="highlight"> knew CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> me, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> told CLASS="highlight"> them CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> wanted CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> college CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> experience CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> Colleges CLASS="highlight"> were CLASS="highlight"> iffy CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it, CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> weren’t CLASS="highlight"> sure CLASS="highlight"> about CLASS="highlight"> it.”

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2010, CLASS="highlight"> Hunter committed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> scholarship CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Mississippi CLASS="highlight"> State. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> passed CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Red CLASS="highlight"> Sox CLASS="highlight"> offer CLASS="highlight"> after CLASS="highlight"> they CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 31st CLASS="highlight"> round of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> draft. CLASS="highlight"> He CLASS="highlight"> headed CLASS="highlight"> off CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> Starkville, CLASS="highlight"> Mississippi. CLASS="highlight"> There, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> studied CLASS="highlight"> kinesiology.

    Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> arrived CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> Starkville CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> catcher CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> also CLASS="highlight"> dabbled CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> pitching, CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> full-time CLASS="highlight"> move CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> outfield in CLASS="highlight"> 2012 helped CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> relax CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> concentrate CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> defense CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> less CLASS="highlight"> demanding CLASS="highlight"> position.

    And CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> finished CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> season CLASS="highlight"> hitting CLASS="highlight"> .345 CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> 16 CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> runs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 65 CLASS="highlight"> RBIs CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 66 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> for Mississippi CLASS="highlight"> State.

  • In CLASS="highlight"> 2014, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Baseball CLASS="highlight"> America CLASS="highlight"> Prospect CLASS="highlight"> Handbook CLASS="highlight"> rated CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> 4th-best CLASS="highlight"> prospect CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres' CLASS="highlight"> organization. CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> offseason CLASS="highlight"> before CLASS="highlight"> 2015 CLASS="highlight"> spring CLASS="highlight"> camps CLASS="highlight"> opened, CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> ranked CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> #3 CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego CLASS="highlight"> farm CLASS="highlight"> system. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> stayed CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> 3rd-best CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> spring(s) CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> 2016 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2017, CLASS="highlight"> also.

  • Hunter CLASS="highlight"> was CLASS="highlight"> driving CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> GMC CLASS="highlight"> Sierra CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 2013 CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> 2014.
  • One CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> pet CLASS="highlight"> peeves CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> when CLASS="highlight"> people CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> being CLASS="highlight"> loud CLASS="highlight"> somewhere CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> not CLASS="highlight"> supposed CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> loud. CLASS="highlight"> Like CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> movie CLASS="highlight"> theater.

    "No CLASS="highlight"> (you CLASS="highlight"> shouldn't CLASS="highlight"> ever CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> loud). CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> drives CLASS="highlight"> me CLASS="highlight"> absolutely CLASS="highlight"> nuts," CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> said.

  • Hunter CLASS="highlight"> says CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> favorite CLASS="highlight"> food CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> barbecue—ribs CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> favorite.

  • He CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> easy-going. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> humble.
  • Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> needs CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> stay CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> conditioning CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> reach CLASS="highlight"> his CLASS="highlight"> ceiling.
  • In CLASS="highlight"> November CLASS="highlight"> 2013, he CLASS="highlight"> placed CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> among CLASS="highlight"> National CLASS="highlight"> Leaguers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Bowman CLASS="highlight"> Hitting CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Arizona CLASS="highlight"> Fall CLASS="highlight"> League.
  • 2014 CLASS="highlight"> Season: CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> played CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> 129 CLASS="highlight"> games CLASS="highlight"> between CLASS="highlight"> Class CLASS="highlight"> A CLASS="highlight"> Advanced CLASS="highlight"> Lake CLASS="highlight"> Elsinore CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Double-A CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Antonio CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> represented CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> both CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> California-Carolina CLASS="highlight"> League CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Game CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> SiriusXM CLASS="highlight"> All-Star CLASS="highlight"> Futures CLASS="highlight"> Game.

  • April CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 2017: CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> dreamt CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> everyday CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> featuring CLASS="highlight"> Manuel CLASS="highlight"> Margot CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> center CLASS="highlight"> field CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Hunter CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> right. CLASS="highlight"> Well, CLASS="highlight"> it's CLASS="highlight"> here. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> rookies CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> advertised.

    San CLASS="highlight"> Diego's CLASS="highlight"> top CLASS="highlight"> two CLASS="highlight"> offensive CLASS="highlight"> prospects CLASS="highlight"> probably CLASS="highlight"> won't CLASS="highlight"> remain CLASS="highlight"> "prospects" CLASS="highlight"> much CLASS="highlight"> longer. CLASS="highlight"> They're CLASS="highlight"> already CLASS="highlight"> carving CLASS="highlight"> themselves CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> niche CLASS="highlight"> at CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> league CLASS="highlight"> level.

    "I CLASS="highlight"> wish CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> had CLASS="highlight"> happened CLASS="highlight"> sooner," CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> laugh. CLASS="highlight"> "But CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> feels CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> come CLASS="highlight"> up CLASS="highlight"> together CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> relationship CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> we CLASS="highlight"> have." CLASS="highlight"> With CLASS="highlight"> adjoining CLASS="highlight"> lockers CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> San CLASS="highlight"> Diego's CLASS="highlight"> home CLASS="highlight"> clubhouse, CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> duo CLASS="highlight"> offers CLASS="highlight"> quite CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> contrast.There's CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe, CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> country-bred CLASS="highlight"> Mississippi CLASS="highlight"> State CLASS="highlight"> product, CLASS="highlight"> built CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> linebacker CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> broad CLASS="highlight"> shoulders CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> massive CLASS="highlight"> arms. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> Margot, CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> agile CLASS="highlight"> native CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Dominican CLASS="highlight"> Republic CLASS="highlight"> with CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> legs CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> thin CLASS="highlight"> frame. CLASS="highlight"> From CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> outside, CLASS="highlight"> it CLASS="highlight"> seems CLASS="highlight"> like CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bit CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> an CLASS="highlight"> odd CLASS="highlight"> pairing. CLASS="highlight"> But CLASS="highlight"> no CLASS="highlight"> one's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bigger CLASS="highlight"> Margot CLASS="highlight"> fan CLASS="highlight"> than CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> vice CLASS="highlight"> versa.

    "He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> worker," CLASS="highlight"> Margot CLASS="highlight"> said CLASS="highlight"> through CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> team CLASS="highlight"> interpreter. CLASS="highlight"> "He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> person CLASS="highlight"> anyone CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> on CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> team. CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> gives CLASS="highlight"> you CLASS="highlight"> energy, CLASS="highlight"> he's CLASS="highlight"> someone CLASS="highlight"> who CLASS="highlight"> pays CLASS="highlight"> attention. CLASS="highlight"> It CLASS="highlight"> would CLASS="highlight"> be CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> real CLASS="highlight"> pleasure CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> play CLASS="highlight"> next CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> rest CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> my CLASS="highlight"> career."

    Said CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe: CLASS="highlight"> "We CLASS="highlight"> have CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> lot CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> fun. CLASS="highlight"> He's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> great CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> player. CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> him CLASS="highlight"> go CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> far CLASS="highlight"> as CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> possibly CLASS="highlight"> can CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> this CLASS="highlight"> game."

    Manager CLASS="highlight"> Andy CLASS="highlight"> Green CLASS="highlight"> noted CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> their CLASS="highlight"> simultaneous CLASS="highlight"> arrival CLASS="highlight"> likely CLASS="highlight"> brought CLASS="highlight"> some CLASS="highlight"> added CLASS="highlight"> comfort. CLASS="highlight"> If CLASS="highlight"> all CLASS="highlight"> goes CLASS="highlight"> according CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> plan, CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> Margot CLASS="highlight"> will CLASS="highlight"> help CLASS="highlight"> comprise CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> Padres' CLASS="highlight"> outfield CLASS="highlight"> well CLASS="highlight"> into CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> future. CLASS="highlight"> They CLASS="highlight"> represent CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> "wave CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> talent" CLASS="highlight"> ushered CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> big CLASS="highlight"> leagues CLASS="highlight"> under CLASS="highlight"> general CLASS="highlight"> manager CLASS="highlight"> A. CLASS="highlight">J. CLASS="highlight"> Preller's CLASS="highlight"> long-term CLASS="highlight"> vision. CLASS="highlight"> "You CLASS="highlight"> want CLASS="highlight"> [the CLASS="highlight"> fans] CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> rally CLASS="highlight"> around CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> baseball CLASS="highlight"> players, CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> foremost," CLASS="highlight"> Green CLASS="highlight"> said. CLASS="highlight"> "So CLASS="highlight"> if CLASS="highlight"> there's CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> sentiment CLASS="highlight"> from CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> fans CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> wait CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> see CLASS="highlight"> how CLASS="highlight"> good CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> are, CLASS="highlight"> I CLASS="highlight"> understand CLASS="highlight"> that. CLASS="highlight"> ... CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> In CLASS="highlight"> due CLASS="highlight"> time, CLASS="highlight"> they're CLASS="highlight"> going CLASS="highlight"> to CLASS="highlight"> realize CLASS="highlight"> these CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> really CLASS="highlight"> good. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> our CLASS="highlight"> hope CLASS="highlight"> and CLASS="highlight"> goal CLASS="highlight"> is CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> they're CLASS="highlight"> guys CLASS="highlight"> that CLASS="highlight"> are CLASS="highlight"> here CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> very, CLASS="highlight"> very CLASS="highlight"> long CLASS="highlight"> time. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">" CLASS="highlight"> (A CLASS="highlight"> Cassavell CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> MLB. CLASS="highlight"> CLASS="highlight">com CLASS="highlight"> - CLASS="highlight"> April CLASS="highlight"> 13, CLASS="highlight"> 2017)

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    TRANSACTIONS

  • CLASS="highlight">June CLASS="highlight"> 2013: CLASS="highlight"> The CLASS="highlight"> Padres CLASS="highlight"> chose CLASS="highlight"> Renfroe CLASS="highlight"> in CLASS="highlight"> the CLASS="highlight"> first CLASS="highlight"> round—the CLASS="highlight"> 13th CLASS="highlight"> player CLASS="highlight"> picked CLASS="highlight"> overall. CLASS="highlight"> And CLASS="highlight"> he CLASS="highlight"> signed with CLASS="highlight"> scout CLASS="highlight"> Andrew CLASS="highlight"> Salvo CLASS="highlight"> for CLASS="highlight"> a CLASS="highlight"> bonus CLASS="highlight"> of CLASS="highlight"> $2,678,000.
Batting
  • Renfroe has very good bat speed and impressive power that scouts rate as a 70 on the 20-80 scouting scale. He has tremendous strength and bat speed. There are not a lot of prospects with Hunter's extra-base hit potential. He was concentrating on applying his tremendous bat seed for big power. In 2015, all of his home runs were pull-side, none to the opposite field.

    But in 2016, Hunter closed his stance and shortened his swing,  He then hit 10 of his 30 home runs to the opposite field, making him a more complete hitter.

    Lake Elsinore hitting coach Jody Davis saw room for improvement, reasoning that if Renfroe were to streamline his swing a tad, the home runs would still come. They just wouldn’t go quite as far. The payoff would be fewer strikeouts and better at-bats overall. And Hunter made the adjustment in 2016.

    “He just jumps at the ball and turns up the effort to a level that he doesn’t have to,” Davis said. “That all comes from wanting to hit the ball way out of here instead of just out of here. Everything is there. We just have to develop it the best we can to get the most out of him.”

  • Hunter hits from an upright stance, an uppercut swing, and pulls the ball hard to left field. He really gets out ot his front side quickly. He toned down the high leg kick to a simple leg sweep, compacting his swing in order to start his bat sooner, and shorten the bat path.

    In 2015, San Antonio hitting coach Morgan Burkhart and roving instructor Luis Ortiz had Renfroe shorten his leg kick and adjust his hands, which helped him become shorter and quicker to the ball. He also employed a more selective approach. Strikeouts were the tradeoff for Renfroe’s plus power, and he’s no future batting champ, because his swing can get long and he tends to slip back into bad habits.

    He is learning to swing through the ball and hit in straightaway, rather than trying to uppercut the ball to his pull side (left field). (Spring 2016)

    He makes impact contact. When he hits it, the sumbitch is whistling off the bat. He’s just an old school country guy; he is very explosive. The better he hits, the more the power shows up.

    Hunter can mis-hit the ball out of the park. The bat has that sound when he connects.

  • He likes the ball up in the strike zone.

  • Renfroe has shown improved plate discipline. He has a better game plan at the plate, and he’s able to slow down the game a little more. He is really staying on the breaking ball a lot better now, though he can still look uncomfortable against good curveballs or sliders.

    He cut his strikeout rate to 20 percent in 2016.

  • Hunter says that the most important thing in baseball is, "just getting the run in (home). It doesn't make any difference if it is just an easy groundball to first (base)."

    He says he uses a toe-tap as a timing mechanism. "It gets all my weight on his back-side. The toe-tap allows me to stay back and see the ball longer."

  • Renfroe has big-time raw power and likes to show it. He takes uppercut swings and tries too often to lift everything.

    In 2014, Lake Elsinore coaches tried to remind him to swing through the ball instead, for he has the bat speed and strength to hit balls over the fence naturally. He did cut down his strikeout rate by the time he moved on, but controlling the zone is something he’ll have to continue to improve.

    "Physically, Hunter can hit the ball out of anywhere. He's got light-tower power. He has a lot to learn. But it was really his first full season. To be where he is in this progression and in his development is really impressive," Padres' Minor League hitting coordinator Sean Berry said. (9/6/14)

  • Hunter's high number of Ks is allowable in this day and time. He produces big power, and he walks a lot for a good on-base percentage. But that big leg kick and busy swing will only allow him to hit about .250, or so. But, he improved his ability to hit for average in 2016. He needs to improve his ability to work the count and get on base more often if he’s going to hit for average.

  • Like most corner outfielders, Renfroe's bat will determine his playing time.

  • 2014 Season: Renfroe had a middling April, but it gave way to a huge May, during which he homered nine times. That kind of power is one of two very loud tools Renfroe possesses, the other being his throwing arm.

    Then, in the 2014 Arizona Fall League: Renfroe and Greg Bird shared the home run title with 6 home runs.

  • As he did in his amateur career, Renfroe showed he can adapt once he gets substantial exposure to a higher level."I think he’s really turned the corner as far as some of the mechanical stuff in his swing over the last year,”  Padres farm director Sam Geaney said in July 2016.

  • September 27, 2016: On a night that saw Hunter hit a three-run homer and an eighth-inning grand slam—to drive in every run the Padres put on the scoreboard—Renfroe became the first Padres rookie in history to drive in seven runs in a game.

  • October 2016: Renfroe was named  the Padres hitting prospect of the year by MLB.com. He was the MVP of the Pacific Coast League, ranking among the league leaders with 30 home runs (tied for first), 105 RBIs (second) and a .557 slugging percentage (second).
Fielding
  • Hunter used to be a strong-armed catcher, who hit 90 mph off the mound in high school. He could get the ball from glove-to-glove in impressive 1.95 to 2.1 second times. He has a 70 grade arm on the 20-80 scouting scale in right field.

    Mississippi State moved Renfroe to the outfield in 2012. And he has become an outstanding defender in right field, where his rifle arm is a huge asset. Nobody questions Renfroe’s tools package, which compared favorably with any player.

  • Renfroe goes after balls is like his hair is on fire, showing impressive closing speed. He has a unique feel for the game.

  • Hunter has above-average range and instincts in the outfield. He can play center field even without plus speed.

  • As with his power, Renfroe likes to show off his cannon in right field. His throwing accuracy and solid range make him a solid all-around defender.
Running
  • Hunter is an average runner (50 on the 20-80 scouting scale), but has plus speed under way. He won't steal many bases, but he is fast enough that opposing batteries have to pay attention to him.
Career Injury Report
  • None.