Hunter Renfroe, or as Scooby-Doo calls him ‘Hunter Renfroe,’ is gorge.  I’m a smitten kitten hanging from a string on an inspirational poster that reads, “Hang in There.”  Why so gorge?  Or better still, why does he make me engorged?  Actually, that’s not better, and I apologize profusely as Johnnie Cochran or Gorilla Monsoon would say.  Why is it that Johnnie Cochran and Gorilla Monsoon are the only ones ever to use the word profusely?  I’m gonna be the third person to use it, profusely.  So why gorge?  Have you seen Renfroe’s swing?  Or as Scooby would say, “Have you seen Renfroe’s swing?”  Here it is:

I wanna watch the first 5 seconds of that over and over again, but as Cougs will tell you, I’m good for at least 15 seconds.  That home run was only measured at 413 feet.  I’m guessing the guy that walks, heel to toe, out from home plate to where the ball lands, lost count.  That’s an easy 470 foot homer if I’ve ever seen one.  That’s right, I measure with my eyes!  *cabinet behind me collapses*  Oops, might’ve measured wrong.  In 11 games last year with the Padres, Renfroe hit 4 homers and .371.  Okay, he’s a Padre, I get it, but I’m profusely interested.  Anyway, what can we expect from Hunter Renfroe for 2017 fantasy baseball?

Everyone has Manuel Margot in front of him on their prospects lists, but Renfroe is the sexier one to me.  Or as Scooby says, “Renfroe is the sexier one to me.”  Maybe Renfroe hits .240, that’s his one big drawback.  Breaking pitches tell him a’la Ivan Drago, “I will break you.”  He hit .300+ in Triple-A across two years, but it’s the PCL.  To see more on inflated averages in hitting environments, see Corey Dickerson’s batting average in Coors vs. Tampa.  Petco is going to be less-than-ideal for his hitting.  Renfroe gets out of Petco and he could be Rizzo, which is a not-so-subtle dig about the Padres trading away Rizzo.  I think Renfroe can still hit, even in Petco.  That’s how much I believe in his power.  He should be the Padres cleanup hitter, but with right-left-switch-right-left yadda3 nonsense I can see Renfroe hitting in the five hole, but he shouldn’t be much below that.  Someone needs to come out of nowhere and make an impression for fantasy, and what better ‘nowhere’ than San Diego?  Renfroe, and this is going to sound slightly crazy, strikes me as a guy that will be a perennial Home Run Derby guy.  Of course, that means the Padres screw up something with him, but assuming they don’t, I’m excited.   Prolly most excited for Renfroe out of all my rookie outlook posts so far because no one, and I mean no one, is interested in drafting him in redraft leagues.  For 2017, I’ll give him the projections of 70/25/83/.252/5 in 503 ABs with a chance to be either OZUNA (which is okay) or Trumbo (which is thank you very much).  I’m profusely professing over here!

 
  1. CMUTimmah says:
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    Grey – Now this is a guy I’m considering my late round flyer guy. If I can draft an OF that I can stomach until the super 2 deadline, then I can draft him with confidence.

    I usually just avoid the Padres all together for the following reasons:
    1 – petco.
    2 – Their pitchers seem to get hurt at a higher rate than other teams (this is purely a personal feel #2, not a personal release #2 which is completely different).
    C – petco.
    4 – their ballpark
    E – Their name is offensive to Latin Catholic Congregation Leaders, where’s the outrage?!?
    6 – their lineup sucks (bigly due to the dimensions of the field they play on…..Trump is a fantastic baseball analyst)

    However, something about this guy makes me skirt my anti-Padre stance. Zoiks! I may regret passing on a high upside SP8… but upside is as sexy as J-Lo’s backside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @CMUTimmah: 1-5. Yup, though not sure what #2 has to do with Renfroe 6. HA!

      How about that GIF!

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Grey: It makes me want to GIF him everything I have to offer… all 2 inches of fury!

        #2 was in reference to my anti-Padre stance. I even avoid their pitchers because they tend to run into Ivan Drago on a yearly basis.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA! TMI

          Ah, yeah, the pitchers tease ‘at least great at home’ but end up ‘Cashner has a 4+ ERA, Jesus F’in Christ.’

  2. Scott says:
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    I’m profusely excited about Renfroe!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Scott: He looks like a white man’s Giancarlo in that gif, right?

  3. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    This Chris Carter move is bizarre. They could have easily gone to arbitration, seen him awarded $8 million, and moved him for something. $8 million is nothing for a league leader in homers, and there’s a handful of team’s that would have happily taken that player at that money.

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: but the river Thames is back.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Big Odio: Honestly, did Cris Carter pull a Avisial Garcia or something? This makes zero sense for the Brew Crew. Even IF they got stuck with the guy for next year, he’d be a nice trade chip for a playoff team in need or a 1B/DH. There’s one of those teams every year. A portion of 8 million is a small price to pay for a couple of mid-level prospects, no?

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: @Grey: @CMUTimmah:

          I know it is the KBO, but Thames has power & speed, Here’s his numbers from his Korean vacation:

          Eric Thames batted .348 with 124 HR, 379 RBI and 64 SB over the last 3 seasons,

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Jung-Ho Kang was a 40-homer hitter in Korea

            • Malicious Phenoms says:
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              @Grey: Oh, I know that. I was just saying that Thames has some speed besides the power..Plus he has experience in the USofA. I think he has a chance at that 20/20 CMU was speaking of..

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                If we were a betting site, I’d put a 20/20 season at 500 to 1

                • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                  @Grey: so what would your early projections for Thames be?

                  He should hit well in that band box in Milwaukee..

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    58/17/64/.225/5 in 435 ABs

                    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                      @Grey:
                      Hmm, not bad, if he can bring that average up to .250 and get 10 bags he will be worth something..

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, in some leagues… I agree with Rappin’ Ralph, UTIL guy in 16-team leagues

              • PEDs3 says:
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                @Malicious Phenoms: Thames didn’t show much speed in the minors as a 23 year old, what makes you think he can steal 10-20 bases at the major league level at 30?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @CMUTimmah: @Big Odio: Yeah, they could have moved Carter to a handful of teams easy once the CBA’s in place. I don’t even think they would have waited until mid-season, * million for that kind of power is nothing. Even if the strikeouts are sloppy etc.

        Thames! Yeah, I like that people are really jacked up about the KBO numbers…..you know cause those are legit.

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:
          The Brew crew knows Carter can hit 40+ homers, who knows what Thames will do…

          So lets cut Carter and sign Thames to a guaranteed contract for 15 mil for the next 3 years!?!? WTF??

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            We kinda know what Thames will do too, which is not a whole lot

            • CMUTimmah says:
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              @Grey: Thames has a chance at 20/20, which is fantasy relevant. But he’s likely to hit .240. I just don’t understand why the two players were mutually exclusive?

              • CMUTimmah says:
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                @CMUTimmah: Let me correct that… By “chance”, I should have said “ceiling”…. oops. I must have been thinking of chance the rapper, or chance and community chest.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @CMUTimmah: Where’s he getting the 20 steals from?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Yeah, I’m with Ralph, where’s the 20 steals coming from?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Unless you meant 20 HRs, 20 RBIs

                • CMUTimmah says:
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                  @Grey: Koreans take your hand if you steal, it’s incredible, believe me. (Maybe if I phrase it like Donnie Trump, you won’t fact check that) However, I think the steals are more likely to carry over than the HRs from the KBO. He averaged 21 steals/year in KR, and he has a decent walk rate which I don’t see all of a sudden going away, so he’ll likely have his chances to steal. That’s where I get 20 steals from.

                  Speaking of, KBO sounds like a premium channel, with knockoff movies on it. Such hits like “Timmy Boy” staring Chris Fair Lee and David Sprague. Or “One flew over the Dodo’s nest” staring John Nicholson.

                  • CMUTimmah says:
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                    @CMUTimmah: However – He is 30, so you guys might be right… but I’ll hedge a bit. 20/15. If he can hit .260, he will be an OF3/4. Not bad for a guy that could cost you nothing (and give you nothing…)

                    I’m not saying he’s draftable… I’m saying he’s got a chance at being relevant, and a better chance at being out of baseball by 31. If he comes out of the box hitting .280 and on pace for 20 bombs, I’ll probably take a long look at him.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @CMUTimmah: If he has playing time he’s a last guy on your MLB roster in 16 team + leagues. I believe more in the power than steals. KBO catchers could be junk, and more than likely are. He never showed even 15 steal speed over here. I’m very skeptical.

                    • Grey

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                      I think this is a remote possibility and not likely…

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Hahaha, hilarious… guess we’ll see but the steals seem unlikely from a guy who never really stole in the States and is 30

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: So weird, and then they followed it with a poor imitation Carter with Thames

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Grey: Yeah it’s bizzaro world. I can’t wait till they trade Ryan Braun and Keon Broxton for Pablo Sandavol or Jacoby Ellsbury. Where’s JB? Summon him to the mat! He must answer for his Brewers!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          JB’s busy considering how great Zach Davies can be

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: He could be an AL Cy Young winner if he’s traded to the Red Sox and gets 7 runs per game of support.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha

              • M says:
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                @Grey: watch next year Porcello gets 2015 Kluber-ed when his luck runs out and he gets 2 runs of support per game

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  I’d bet on it

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @M: He’ll probably still get 4 per game. I mean it is the Red Sox. Benintendi accounts for at least 2 per game….right?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Ralph, have you seen Battlestar Galactica? I’m thinking about starting it, please advise

                  • M says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: yea yea they’ll score runs for Porcello but his luck has to even out somehow lol

    • Miketron says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Thames is a lefty, Carter a right. Miller Park has great park factors for lefties. I agree with the sentiments on the steals, but think he could hit 30 of things go right. He also won a Korean gold glove so maybe he can play first which Carter was awful at.

  4. quimmy says:
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    Grey! Hope you are having a good offseason sir.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      You too, Quimmy!

  5. zombie says:
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    Couldn’t let a Gorilla Monsoon reference go unnoticed. Sheeeesh you know how to drag me out of hiding. Scooby snakin’ salivating all over this Renfroe. Think he’s under the radar 12 team mid-round steal territory? Or even late round? Happy off season Grey & all razzies!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I think a late-round sleeper in 12 team leagues, i.e., between him and another middle reliever, you try Renfroe… You too!

  6. Saints says:
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    Hay Grey I’m in a dynasty Draft OTC My Possibilities are:
    Dylan Cozens,Ronald Acuna, Jorge Ona and Bobby Dalbec
    We have unlimited Players to stash and unlimited Time.
    Thanks for your Thoughts.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Cozens

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Saints: Acuna! He’s the best guy you listed, could be Victor Robles type breakout guy. I’d take Ona over Cozens too, and Dalbec after Cozens.

  7. Eric says:
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    who would you rather have on a dynasty over next 5 years at your corner infield spot? Bobby Bradley or Matt Chapman?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Chapman

  8. M says:
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    Anyone think Jharel Cotton can contend for AL ROY next year (assuming the A’s don’t ship him out to an NL club this offseason)?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Could happen, but he’ll need to get some luck with his ratios and wins, since he’s not a strikeout pitcher

  9. DBo says:
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    @Grey: Dynasty league, pick three from K Giles, Khris Davis, J Schoop, J Lamb, Baez, Moustakas, Stroman. Thanks in advance!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Baez, Davis, Schoop…Could see it going a few different ways

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Grey: according to joe buck baez is the second coming of christ..wait scratch that, better than christ and the Beatles..on their best days.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          God is dead, Baez is alive.

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Grey: haha trick question, baez is god

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Damn, true… Fupcha!

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: hey that’s my term…and my new twitter handle…FUPTCHA!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Fuptcha you!

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Grey: fuptcha me? fuptcha me? Go fuptcha your mother!..actually dont, she seems like a sweet lady

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, thanks!

  10. Ante GALIC says:
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    Grey!!

    Great write-up! Look at you getting all fancy all of a sudden with all the GIFs a la JB! Is that really you or did you get your lacky to do the dirty work?

    a. Are you still responding to this blog?

    b. Made it back safely as you can see.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I did the GIF all myself! I’m fancy, Ante! A. Answered in previous sentence B. Glad to see it!

      • Ante GALIC says:
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        @Grey:Grey!

        Just kidding, man! You use all kinds of props but mostly your work does not require cheap tricks ’cause we’re hooked on The Word alone!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, thanks!

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