In a pre-draft interview Padres' scouting director Chad MacDonald believed that the strength of the draft would be in high school position players but when a few of the top high school bats didn’t quite slip down far enough, San Diego pounced on Mississippi State’s Hunter Renfroe.
Renfroe, from a small high school in Mississippi struggled his first two years with the Bulldogs, hitting .154 as a freshman with very limited playing time, and also seeing some time on the mound, and only .252 his sophomore year before exploding this season at .352/.445/.652.
At six-foot-two and 215 lbs. Renfroe has good size and addresses one of the Padres’ most pressing concerns, the need for a corner outfielder who hits with power. In some ways, he is similar to a high school pick because his selection is based much more on his projection than his actual overall numbers.
Dustin Peterson is the younger brother of D.J. Peterson, who was taken by the Mariners with the twelfth overall selection. Most believe he won’t be able to stay at short and there is some concern about his arm strength at third, but he was picked for his bat. As with his brother, he has drawn some comparisons to Jedd Gyorko for his ability to use the whole field with his line drive approach.
Next to catcher, center field may be one of the strongest positions for the Padres with Travis Jankowski, Reymond Fuentes and Rico Noel. Paroubeck, who according the MLB’s Harold Reynolds had Barry Bonds as a hitting coach [he attended the same high school as Bonds and his father is a long-time friend of Barry’s] is a very athletic switch-hitting center fielder.
Although he did work with Bonds, right now he is more of a gifted athlete with a strong baseball work ethic than a finished product.
|Renfroe hit .352/.445/.652 for MSU.|