Padres Number 3 Prospect Hunter Renfroe in three straight games for AAA El Paso as he continues to demolish AAA pitching and hit safely in 13 of 14 games.
In April, Renfroe started things off for El Paso homering in four straight games. The Padres #1 draft pick of 2013 hasn’t looked back since being promoted to AAA late last season.
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El Paso manager Rod Barajas had this to say about the recent streak to the El Paso Times: “Renfroe is heating up. We go up, swing the bats well, put ourselves in position and we’ve been getting good production from the middle of the lineup.”
Renfroe is hitting .313 on the season and that is only good enough for fourth highest on the team. He is surpassed by recently promoted/demoted Alex Dickerson, free agent first baseman signee James Loney, Casey McElroy (leader at .413) and Carlos Asuaje, who has heard rumors about being called up to help the Padres in the infield.
The Padres are still hanging around the NL West, although losing 2 to start the series against the Giants is a bad sign of potential things to come in a tough stretch where they play the Giants two series, along with the Dodgers and D’backs.
Depending on where the Padres are come July, it will be interesting to see what they do with Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr.and Jon Jay, all who are playing well this season though Kemp and Upton Jr come with massive contract obligations. The Padres would have to likely eat some of that money to make any deal to potentially load up their minor league system.
Meanwhile, Hunter Renfroe confirms to hit the ball in AAA, which is great news for the Padres. After hitting 20 home runs last year between AA and AAA, he is out to prove he is ready for the next level in 2016 or at the very least looking to start for the Padres in 2017.