The Padres' future is coming to Parkview Field today.
San Diego, the major league affiliate of the TinCaps, has assigned outfielder Hunter Renfroe, the No. 13 overall pick in last June's amateur draft from Short-Season-A Eugene to Fort Wayne. In a related move, outfielder Corey Adamson was assigned to Advanced A Lake Elsinore.
The Padres selected Renfroe, 21, out of Mississippi State. This past season for the Bulldogs, Renfroe hit .352 with 15 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 51 runs scored, and nine stolen bases in 59 games played. Renfroe’s 15 home runs were tied for 14th most in Division I, as he earned All-American honors and led Mississippi State to their first-ever College World Series Finals.
After debuting with Eugene on July 11, Renfroe hit .308 in 25 games with 4 home runs and 18 RBI. Tuesday, the Crystal Springs, Miss., native played in the Northwest League All-Star Game and came had the game-winning hit in the ninth inning.
Dating back to 1999 when Fort Wayne began its affiliation with San Diego, Renfroe is the 23rd supplemental first round or first-round pick of the Padres to be sent to Fort Wayne. Recent notable first or supplemental first-round picks to play for the TinCaps include Donavan Tate (2011, 2012), Cory Spangenberg (2011), Jaff Decker (2009), Cory Luebke (2007, 2008), and Travis Jankowski (2012).
Renfroe replaces Corey Adamson, who hit .269 with 3 home runs and 36 RBI in 99 games with the TinCaps this season. The 21-year-old from Bullsbrook, Australia, becomes the sixth Fort Wayne player to receive a promotion within San Diego’s system in the last two months.