2013 Stats: .429/.494/.865, 27 XBH (13 HR), 8 SB, 19/17 K/BB (34 G)
No college position player has improved their stock as much as Renfroe. A 6’1”, 219-pound outfielder, he’s always showcased loud tools but lacked the baseball skills associated with a potential high-end draft pick. As a sophomore in 2012, he struggled to the tune of a .702 OPS with 51 strikeouts in 61 games.
However, the 21-year-old finally turned the developmental corner this season, as he’s blossomed into one of the more well-rounded, everyday players in the draft class.
Headed into the weekend, Renfroe leads all Division I hitters with an .865 slugging percentage and is tied for second with 13 home runs. More importantly, at least compared to his overwhelming struggles in 2012, Renfroe’s .429 batting average is the fifth highest in the country.
Due to the lack of impact bats in this year's class, Renfroe’s stock should continue to rise over the next six weeks. A right-handed hitter, his physical strength, bat speed and extension after contact result in plus raw power that fuels his projection as a big league right fielder. Meanwhile, his defensive profile is also a fit at the position, as he’s an above-average runner with a strong, accurate arm.
The biggest question with Renfroe is whether his hit tool will translate as a professional. While he’s clearly made enormous strides since last season, he still comes up empty on too many pitches. However, as a high-ceiling college player, he still has plenty of room to develop.