Dustin Hunter Renfroe
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 200 lb.
- School Mississippi State University
- High School Copiah Academy
- Debut September 21, 2016
Outfielder Hunter Renfroe was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 31st round of the 2010 amateur draft. He did not sign, opting to attend Mississippi State University instead. He was then taken by the San Diego Padres and scout Andrew Salvo in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft with the 13th overall pick, and he signed for a $2.678 million bonus. He made his pro debut with the Eugene Emeralds on July 11th, going 2-for-4 with a run scored against the Everett AquaSox.
He was named the Player of the Year in the Pacific Coast League in 2016 when he hit .306 with 34, doubles, 30 homers and 105 RBIs in 133 games for the El Paso Chihuahuas. He had an unusual debut for the Padres on September 21st as he was intentionally walked by Edwin Escobar of the Arizona Diamondbacks when he was asked to come in as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning. He was one of three players to make his big league debut for San Diego in that game, alongside Carlos Asuaje and Manuel Margot. It did not take him long to make his mark in the majors, though, as on September 27th, he hit his first career grand slam and also added a three-run homer to drive in all seven Padres runs in a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 7 RBI tied the team record for most in a game. He had hit his first career homer on September 24th, a solo shot off Madison Bumgarner of the San Francisco Giants. On September 28th, he became the first player to hit a ball onto the roof of the brick warehouse in the left-field corner of Petco Park as he homered and drove in four more runs in a 6-5 win over the Dodgers. He finished the season at .371 with 4 homers and 14 RBIs in 11 games for an excellent first cup of coffee in the bigs.
Renfroe's excellent performance at the end of 2016 earned him a starting job on the Padres in 2017, as he claimed the starting right field job in spring training and held on to hit. It was a trying year for San Diego, which was going through a full-on youth movement and was never even close to contending in the strong NL West, instead fighting with the San Francisco Giants to see who could avoid finishing last in the division. Still, playing under the radar, Hunter had a very solid season. On September 20th, he had the first three-homer game of his career in a 13-7 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, helping the Padres set a team record for homers in a season as they reached 181, reflecting the record number of long balls hit in the majors that year. He finished at .231 with 26 homers and 58 RBIs in 122 games