SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today selected outfielder Hunter Renfroe out of Mississippi State University with the 13th overall pick on the first day of Major League Baseball's 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Player Personnel Chad MacDonald made the announcement.
Recommended by Padres Area Scout Andrew Salvo, Renfroe hit .352 (80-for-227) this past season for the Bulldogs, collecting 15 doubles, two triples, 15 home runs, 58 RBI, 51 runs scored, nine stolen bases, a .440 on-base percentage and .634 slugging percentage in 59 games played this past season, his junior year. His 15 home runs ranked among the Top 20 across all conferences of NCAA Division I leaders. As a senior in high school in 2010, the right-handed hitter set a Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) record with 20 home runs, hitting .583 with 49 hits, 70 RBI en route to being names MAIS Player of the Year.
Renfroe becomes the second college position player selected by the Padres with their number one overall pick in the last three years, with the other infielder Cory Spangenberg (10th overall) in 2011. The 21-year-old was rated as the top corner outfielder and 11th-best prospect by Baseball America among all players in the 2013 Draft class.
The Padres will make two additional selections in the first day of the draft with the 50th and 69th overall selections. The 40-round draft will continue tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. PT with rounds 3-10 and will conclude on Saturday, June 8, with rounds 11-40.