Padres Choose Renfroe as First Round Draft Pick
In the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, the San Diego Padres chose Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe as the 13th overall pick to join the club. Renfroe as the 13th overall pick in the draft is believed to be valued at at-least $2,678,000 as a signing bonus.
Renfroe has shown impressive numbers in his Junior year at Mississippi state, batting .352 with 58 RBI and 15 homeruns throughout the regular season and the SEC Championship. Renfroe played very little his Freshman year and sported a modest .252/.328/.374 as a Sophomore, but his play in the 2013 collegiate season impressed scouts enough to boost him into the ring of being a first round draft pick.
Renfroe initially started out his career as a catcher, but then transitioned to the outfield in order to help his power hitting like qualities. Renfroe’s defense is also notable as he has been described as having a cannon for an arm and being able to hold his own in the outfield. Renfroe was originally drafted out of the 31st round of the 2010 MLB First-Year player draft by the Boston Red Sox, but instead elected to attend Mississippi State.
The Padres hope that Renfroe’s raw power will be an impact bat that will both translate at the big league level and bring success to the club going forward.