Renfroe went deep for the first time this spring, going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's win over the Reds.
Renfroe is expected to start the year as the Padres' everyday right fielder. The talented prospect brings big power to the table (30 homers and 105 RBI with Triple-A El Paso), but that comes with a lack of patience (3.9 BB% in 133 games). That aggressive approach at the plate is concerning in the event that the slugger isn't able to make consistent contact right off the bat, causing him to be a drag on batting average. Renfroe received a taste of the majors last season, making contact with 84.5 percent of pitches he saw in an 11-game stint. That was obviously a small sample size, and it would be shortsighted to extrapolate that contact rate over a full major league season. That being said, the power potential Renfroe brings to the plate will make him a tantalizing option in most formats.
This was always the club's plan, especially after shipping off Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr. at the trade deadline last season. Renfroe slashed .306/.336/.557 with Triple-A El PAso on his way to winning the Pacific Coast League's MVP award. The power is extremely tantalizing from a fantasy perspective, but the .336 on-base percentage and 3.9 walk rate indicate that he could be a drag on batting average if he is forced to adjust to major league pitching. As long as he wins the starting job this spring -- which appears to be his to lose -- then he will be considered a high-upside outfield prospect in most formats.
Renfroe had himself another big day Wednesday against the Dodgers, going 2-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and two runs.
In a season of explosive offensive performances, Renfroe's only the latest in a long line of players who've impressed immediately in the majors. Over just seven games so far, he's ripped four homers and driven home a dozen runs while hitting .421. With a .306 average and 30 long balls on the 24-year-old's Triple-A resume this year, he makes for a big-time keeper and a strong target in next year's drafts. However, Renfroe's relative lack of plate discipline (just 22 walks with 115 strikeouts in 133 games for Triple-A El Paso this year) may result in a hiccup next year as the league adjusts to him.
Renfroe homered twice and drove in seven runs in a 2-for-4 game Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Renfroe had a game that would go down as a career best for many in just the sixth game of his major league career. There was plenty of reason to expect big things from the 24-year-old, as he posted a sharp .893 OPS with 30 homers for Triple-A El Paso. He's showing he has big time power and that no walls around the majors -- not even Petco Park's -- can keep him in. He has opened his young career with a ludicrous .353/.389/.941 batting line.
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|2014||AA-San Antonio Missions||60||224||17||52||12||0||5||23||25||53||2||1||.307||.353||.232|
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|2015||AA-San Antonio Missions||112||421||50||109||22||3||14||54||33||112||4||1||.313||.425||.259|
|2015||AAA-El Paso Chihuahuas||21||90||15||30||5||2||6||24||4||20||1||0||.358||.633||.333|