Padres AFL Prospects Turner and Renfroe in First Place


Trea Turner and Hunter Renfroe continue to get experience in the AFL, though the nature of the season means they are not playing everyday and thus hard to make sense of exactly what we are seeing based on numbers alone. For example, I could tell you that Turner is hitting .280 with 4 stolen bases. Yet that only covers 7 games and 25 at-bats. I could further warn you that Hunter Renfroe is struggling at the plate with a .264 average with 17 strikeouts and perhaps we dubbed him a future star too soon. Of course, that would be foolish since for him we are talking about.

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The AFL is helpful because it allows prospects to play against a slew of other top young talent and compare themselves to each other a bit more. Also, Renfroe has already been making a name for himself with some mammoth home runs and aggressive play, while Turner too is impressing with his glove and overall plate discipline.

Last night the team Renfroe and Turner both play on, the Surprise Saguaros, won 5-3. Turner was able to go 1-4 with an RBI, while Renfroe was held hitless in 4 at-bats while leaving 3 men on base.

Surprise was down early in the game, but came to life in the 8th inning. Luke Maile homered to lead things off and bring the score to 3-2. Then with 1 out Turner drove a sharp single to center field to bring home the tying run. Two hitters later, Jesse Winker of the Reds drove a single up the middle that was deflected by the second baseman and into center field to bring home Turner and the go-ahead run. Renfroe came to the plate with two outs and runners on 2nd and 3rd, but he lined out to the shortstop to end the inning.

Currently the Surprise Sagauros are 11-13-1 and tied for first place 1/2 ahead of Glendale and Peoria. Reminiscient of the 2006 NL West. Mallex Smith, Burch Smith, Jace Peterson and Tayron Guerrero are other notable Padres on the team.

There is still a week left in the Fall League, and before you know it spring training will be here once again.