STARKVILLE, Miss. – Two days after signing a contract with a $2.678 million bonus, former Mississippi State All-American Hunter Renfroe made his professional debut Thursday with the Eugene Emeralds, going 2-for-4 with a double, run and a walk.
“Hunter can beat you in so many different ways,” Mississippi State Head Coach John Cohen said. “The Padres are getting such a dynamic five-tool player.”
The 13th overall draft pick by the San Diego Padres in last month’s Major League Baseball draft, Renfroe recorded the first out of the game, catching a flyout to right field by the Everett Aquasox’s Michael Faulkner.
After being robbed of a base hit in his debut at-bat thanks to a diving catch by Everett’s center fielder, Renfroe used his speed to record his first hit as a pro, pulling an infield single between the five-six hole on the left side. The 6-1, 216-pounder eventually scored, giving the Emeralds a 1-0 lead. In his third trip to the dish, the righty doubled down the right-field line for his first extra-base hit as a professional. Renfroe concluded his night with a five-pitch walk, followed by a popup in the eighth.
“It was really interesting that his first hit last night was an infield hit,” Cohen said. “He is such a physical guy who can really run, and I think it surprises people sometimes at just how fast he really is.”
Following a 6-3 win, the former Bulldog continues his pro career Friday night in a rematch of Thursday’s short-season Class A Northwest League rivalry, with first pitch scheduled for 9:05 p.m. CT.
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