Hunter Renfroe: Prospect Profile for San Diego Padres' 1st-Round Pick
Player: Hunter Renfroe
Drafted by: San Diego Padres (No. 13 Overall)
DOB: 1/28/1992 (Age: 21)
Height/Weight: 6’1”/216 lbs
School: Mississippi State
Previously Drafted: 2010, Boston Red Sox (31st round)
A relatively known commodity after the Red Sox selected him in the 31st round of the 2010 draft, Renfroe had always showcased loud tools but raw, undeveloped baseball skills. As a result, he ultimately chose to attend Mississippi State, where, over the last three seasons, he’s quietly emerged as one of the more intriguing potential first-rounders in the nation. That being said, Renfroe’s path to achieving such a favorable reputation has been unusual.
After batting just .242 over his first two college seasons, Renfroe sent shock waves through the scouting community with his video game-like production last summer in the Cal Ripken League. Granted, it was his second consecutive summer on the circuit, and it’s not exactly the Cape Cod or Northwoods League, but that shouldn’t detract from the right-handed hitter’s .366 batting average and 16 home runs in 134 at-bats. As a player who had always been talked about for his loud tools, the development of Renfroe’s baseball skills suddenly made him a can’t-miss draft prospect headed into the spring.
More significantly, he’s silenced his remaining doubters with an outstanding follow-up junior season back at Mississippi State.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Upright setup and stance helps utilize strong core and lower half; also showcases very strong wrists and forearms; consistent stride; balanced weight transfer to and through the baseball; generates excellent extension after contact; gets through the ball really well; back foot comes off the ground a la Frank Thomas, Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper; rotational swing; not overly handsy; pitch recognition is currently average; may be challenged as a professional, at least initially; will unnecessarily expand his strike zone at times; doesn’t always see spin well; improvements in recognition and approach may ultimately determine whether he reaches hit tool ceiling.
Plus raw power; may showcase plus-plus power at maturity; physical specimen with strength throughout 6’1’, 216-pound frame; strong core helps create torque in rotational swing; drives the ball to all fields with backspin carry; robust and effortless power to the pull side; crushes mistakes and offerings left up in the zone; power will play at the next level.
First-round athleticism; plus runner showcases speed on both sides of the ball; average base stealer; moves well enough to play all three outfield positions; could conceivably lose a step if he gets too bulky.
Versatile defender; has seen considerable time behind the plate and at each outfield position; also seen time on the mound; has all the makings of future right fielder in major leagues; takes aggressive routes; natural instincts; feel for positioning.
Ideal for right field at the next level; cannon; true plus tool; has been gunned in the mid-to-upper-90s off the bump; accurate arm; throws have excellent carry and flight; arm may be one of the best in the majors upon his arrival.
MLB Player Comparison: Raul Mondesi
Projection: Everyday right fielder; multiple All-Star games.
MLB ETA: Early 2016
Chances of Signing: 99.9%
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