In the era of the three true outcomes, Hunter Renfroe is more of an either/or: strikeout or homer. As a 25-year-old rookie, Renfroe walked just 5.6 percent of the time after posting a 3.9 percent walk rate at Triple-A El Paso in 2016 (22 walks in 563 plate appearances). The power is real, but it isn't quite elite -- Renfroe had a 7.1 Brls/PA, .467 xSLG and 24.2 xHR. Meanwhile, Renfroe chased roughly one-third of the pitches he saw out of the strike zone and fanned 29.2 percent of the time overall. He did most of his damage against lefties, struggling to an ugly .202/.244/.393 line against same-handed pitching. Making matters worse, Renfroe was also a net negative on defense. Players have to do more than one thing well to stick around at the big-league level, and right now, Renfroe is a one-dimensional player. Even so, he should start the year as the everyday right fielder.
Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Giants. It was an up-and-down campaign for the 25-year-old rookie. The slugger flashed his tremendous power potential (26 homers and a .236 ISO), but it didn't come without flaws (.231 batting average and 29.2 percent strikeout rate). Renfroe's raw power could keep him relevant in fantasy circles with a regular role next season, but he'll need to show improvement against right-handed pitching to avoid falling into a small-side platoon role after he hit .202/.244/.393 with a 33.5 percent strikeout rate against righties in 2017.
Renfroe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 9-2 loss to the Dodgers. He's ending the season on a high note, homering five times in the last seven games since his latest recall from the minors. Renfroe's also struck out eight times in those seven games, however, and improving his contact and strikeout rates will be paramount in 2018 if he's going to take full advantage of his power potential.
Renfroe is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies. Renfroe went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during Saturday's win and will be stationed on the bench Sunday for the second time in the past three games. Travis Jankowski will man right field in his stead.
Renfroe is out of the lineup against the Rockies on Friday. Renfroe heads to the bench after starting the past four contests since his promotion, including a 3-for-5 day with three home runs during Wednesday's game against Arizona. In his place, Travis Jankowski draws the start in right, while batting eighth in the order.
Renfroe put his power on display Wednesday, going 3-for-5 with a trio of home runs and four RBI in a loss to Arizona. The normally pitcher-friendly Petco Park turned into Coors Field for a night with nine balls leaving the yard -- Renfroe delivered a third of them. The 25-year-old's power outburst helped him tie a Padres' rookie record with 24 homers on the season. Renfroe's .234 batting average and 28.6 percent strikeout rate have limited his value as a whole, but with four homers and seven RBI in three games since being called up, he may end up being an MVP for his owners in the fantasy playoffs.