2013 Draft: Hunter Renfroe

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An Interview with Christopher Frankie

The 2013 amateur draft will be held from June 6-8 this year, and between now and then I’m going to highlight some prospects individually rather than lump them together into larger posts.

Hunter Renfroe | OF

Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 31st round of the 2010 draft, Renfroe didn’t sign and instead followed through on his commitment to Mississippi State. He went into the weekend with a .414/.483/.828 batting line with 11 homers, 16 walks, and 19 strikeouts in 32 games after managing a .242/.318/.355 batting line during his first two years with the Bulldogs.

Scouting Report
Renfroe, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 216 lbs., stands out immediately because of his right-handed power. He has arguably the most pop in the draft class and is capable of driving the ball out of any part of any park. His overall offensive game has taken a big step forward this spring and he’s now among the best all-around hitters in the nation, with quick hands and a plan at the plate. Renfroe was one of those “has the high-end tools but needs to learn how to use them” guys for a while, selling out for power and struggling to make contact.

Defensively, Renfroe offers a big-time arm — he ran his fastball up to 96 as a reliever last spring — and enough speed and athleticism to handle center fielder, though right field might be his best long-term position. Renfroe caught in high school and as a freshman with Mississippi State, but a move back behind the plate is unlikely. Although the defensive tools are solid, he’s clearly a bat-first prospect. There are plenty of videos on YouTube, and you can see above he’s already got the bat flip part of his game down pat.

Baseball America (subs. req’d) ranked Renfroe as the 32nd best prospect in the draft recently while Keith Law (subs. req’d) did not include him among his most recent top 50 draft prospect rankings. However, during his chat last week Law did say he would “be a definite first-round pick if the draft were today” because of his offensive improvement. The Yankees had special assistant Jim Hendry on hand to watch the outfielder this weekend according to Kendall Rogers, so we know Renfroe is on the team’s radar. College hitters tend to climb draft boards quickly due to strong performance more than any type of player, so the Bombers might not even get a chance to draft Renfroe with one of their three first round selections (26th, 32nd, 33rd) in a few weeks.

Two weeks in, Cervelli seizes the starting catching job
An Interview with Christopher Frankie
  • Robinson Tilapia

    “Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 31st round of the 2010 draft, Renfroe didn’t sign and instead followed through on his commitment to Mississippi State.”

    The ultimate embedded Red Sock. Do not trust this man.

  • Pseudoyanks

    I like the name. Sterling will too.

  • Chip

    Sounds like a guy who could be Mike Stanton……or could be Shelley Duncan

    • Rick

      Probably already older than Stanton, no? Maybe Stanton is the next Renfroe.

      • Greg

        Nah, he’s 2 years and change younger than Stanton.

  • Ruby

    Totally dig the bat flip. but as for real reasons to draft him, if he falls to the yanks he fills the “best available player” as well as has the tools. i like the cards idea of drafting kids that cann hit and learn a position as the progress instead of high makeup guys that have to learn to hit. i understand the importance of makeup because it is the yankees and it is a business but there wont be much of a successful business if you cant develop prospects that can help on the field or in trades. Ill take gary, mason and slade with all their “alleged” make up problems over the DBJ and culvers that have trouble hitting but are class acts. of course those are minimal examples i understand and there are probably examples that could be a counter argument which is fine by me.

  • zs190

    Pretty sure there were glowing reports on this guy coming out of high school and I wanted the Yankees to draft him. Saw BA updates on his stats this morning and they’ve been awesome, think he’s leading college baseball in SLG so far. Would be nice if he drops to one of the Yankees’ picks.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Are you thinking of David Renfroe?

  • crawdaddy

    Isn’t this kid the younger brother of a prospect drafted by the Red Sox back in 2009 timeframe?

  • crawdaddy
  • CONservative governMENt

    I’d be fine with this guy.

    Hoping for 3 ‘legit’ guys with those early picks.

  • Greg

    Based solely on that video, I hope the Yankees draft this guy. He’s got style.

    His description is very reminiscent of Tyler Austin.

  • nycsportzfan

    Hey Mike, u know anything about Jan Hernandez? I think hes a 3rd basemen, or short stop, and is right handed, with some pop.. But i’d like to no more..

  • nycsportzfan

    I know were gonna here something about DJ Peterson 1B New Mexico eventually.. That guys a flat out raking mother hubbard!

  • Matt Mosher

    Gonna look good in blue and orange!