Big man strength; imposing size; heavier than listed weight; thick legs and rear; plenty of muscle up top as well; very good athlete; major league body; he's what a RF should look like.
Spring training 2014, 4/10, 4/12, 4/15, 5/10, 5/12
Lake Elsinore Storm (High A, Padres)
50; League-Average Right Fielder
Slightly open stance; rocks at the plate; looks very comfortable; extremely strong hands/wrists; clears his hips well; unleashes the bat with authority; uppercut stroke with leverage; swing is short and compact for a power bat; bat speed is plus; loves fastballs; approach was questionable early; hyper-aggressive; in early looks, he sat fastball all game and was fooled by change of speed and spin; out on his front foot; made some adjustments; better swings/takes vs. quality off-speed; swing and miss will always be a part of his game; I like the outlook because of his improved approach, bat speed, and strength.
Raw power is plus-plus; overall strength flows through the bat well; his BP was a home run show; shows power to the opposite field; uppercut swing creates leverage and balls have a ton of carry; game power is present; hit two home runs in my looks, one on a spinning slider and one on a fastball on the inner-half; hits a ton of fly balls which bears well for his power output; hit tool needs to reach close to an average level for power to flow.
Clocked 4.46; shut it down the last step; moves well in the outfield; corner profile; better runner when he gets a head of steam; present below average; will settle slightly lower as he gets older.
Athleticism allows him to get some good breaks in RF; routes are solid; range is about average but once he gets going he can move well; makes all the routine plays; above-average coordination should allow him to become an plus defender down the line.
Arm is a weapon; gets behind the throw; threw a guy out at the plate from medium-deep RF, but the catcher couldn't handle the ball; will play in either corner.
Renfroe has the chance to become a big-time power bat on a team that is itching for offense. It's important that they let him marinate in Double-A until he refines his approach even more so and finds some consistent success. It was very simple to beat him early on. Fastball outer-half; then slider/curve outer-half and then off the plate to get him to chase. The hit tool did not grade out well in the first couple of looks, but the bat speed was evident, and as the season went on he started knocking balls out of the park with more regularity. Adjustments were made; he showed the ability to spit on pitches that he was chasing early and attack pitches in the zone more often. His power is tied to the hit tool, of course, and in order for him to become a game-changing bat he needs to continue to adjust to the pitchers tendencies.
Hitters hit, and Renfroe did enough mashing to get to Double-A at the all-star break. He's struggling a little now, which could be just adjusting to the level and getting a feel (which he seemed to do well in High-A), so I'd keep him there the rest of this season and the majority of next before seeing what he can do at the major league level.