Baseball America Names Padres’ Hunter Renfroe Top AFL Prospect
By Devin Sparks
Hunter Renfroe has certainly made a name for himself this offseason and the Padres must be thrilled. So much, in fact that Baseball America has listed Renfroe as one of the top 10 prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
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Before the AFL season was even underway, Renfroe was already making headlines in Arizona by winning the Bowman Hitting Challenge. Renfroe then played well enough to be named to the AFL Fall Stars Game, and that’s when his stock took off. Renfroe wasn’t named the starter, went on to steal the show with a pinch-hit home run when he was called on to swing in to replace the top prospect for the Milwaukee Brewers.
In the very next game Renfroe put on the most explosive offensive performance of anyone in this fall going 3-for-4 with a double, a monster home run, an inside the park home run, four runs, 5 RBI, and a walk. Without a doubt, he was in a groove. That groove lasted until the end of the Fall season and Renfroe finished by leading the league in home runs with 7 (including one at the Fall Stars Game), slugging percentage (.569), extra base hits (16), and total bases with 58. Renfroe went on the be named AFL Player of the Week.
After the AFL season that he had, it’s comes to no surprise that Baseball America listed Renfroe as one the top 10 prospects of the Arizona Fall League.
If you add together Renfroe’s minor league numbers with his AFL numbers, the end result is quite an impressive season.
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With the lack of offense on the team, fans might see Renfroe promoted through the farm system quicker than normal.
Stay healthy, kid.