Via Baseball America
Last night, the San Diego Padres held the 13th, 50th, and 69th overall selections in last nights draft (It was only the first of three parts). They took Hunter Renfroe, a big outfielder from Mississippi. The college junior boasts major power, hitting 15 home runs so far this season. Once a raw talent, a toolsy player that needed refinement, Renfroe broke out this season, raising his college batting average over 100 points in one of the toughest baseball conferences in the country. The young slugger has become slightly more polished, and once he signs with San Diego, he will start his season in Eugene with the Emeralds.
The pick has grown on me since last night, as he should infuse some much needed power in a Padres system that has been derailed by injuries and is weak in outfield depth. I was hoping for high school bat Clint Frazier, who went 5th overall (over Colin Moran!), but was projected to fall. This draft was a very weak draft to begin with, having no strong candidates for number one overall, and a lack of depth. There were a lot of surprises, one of the biggest ones being how collegiate RHP Jonathan Gray fell down to 3rd overall (Rockies).
With the 12th overall selection, the Mariners took college third baseman DJ Peterson out of New Mexico, while his little brother, SS Dustin Peterson, was drafted 50th overall by San Diego.
The draft starts again tonight for rounds 3-10!