Friars On Base AFL Update


San Diego Padres’ prospects Trea Turner and Hunter Renfroe are looking to escape their first-year minor league slumps in the Arizona Fall League. Most likely to be a lead-off hitter for the Padres someday, will be highly-touted prospect from this recent draft, shortstop Trea Turner. 

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Turner has been on a “Taxi schedule” where he only plays Wednesday’s and Saturday’s so he can shadow at some of the advanced playing the Majors has to offer. Turner had a rough start in short-season Eugene, where he was hitting only .228, but it was all part of a learning process. “The small things matter the most — everyone’s good here,” Turner said. “It’s what you do more consistently than the person next to you that’s going to help you move up faster or beat the other team. If you can do the small things and try to be consistent with what you do, that’s going to help you the most.” Via Teddy Cahill of

Turner is very young and will grow into his weight and strength. If he can pan out into a healthy Jose Reyes, I think Padres fans would be very happy with that.

Now to the part where fans hope the future improves, and that is the power hitting. After years of inconsistent hitting at Petco and overall power production in the 3-4-5 spots, Padres’ fans are dying for just one decent consistent (keyword) power hitter. They might have that in Hunter Renfroe. Renfroe, has made a great impression so far in the AFL, off the bat winning the Bowman Hitting Challenge and in his first week going 6-for-17 (.353) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI as reported by Dennis Lin via U-T San Diego. Check out the video below for an update from