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!