This year’s spring training has proven to be very different from last year’s spring training for Hunter Renfroe.
Renfroe, ranked the organization’s second-best outfield prospect, has seen his share of opportunities throughout spring training after receiving a non-roster invite.
In 2015, Renfroe only had nine at-bats during spring training. This year, he already has 12 in only six games, hitting .333 with two runs scored.
Though not likely to be on the big league roster at the season’s beginning, Renfroe is looking to achieve the potential scouts have seen since before he was drafted with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft.
To do that, he is still learning the ins and outs of being a pro.
"Once again though, you’re trying to learn as much as possible from the guys who have done it year after year and have so much confidence in themselves and the things they do.," Renfroe told Mike Janela of Padres Social Hour. "You try to learn as much as possible from those guys like that."
Renfroe, himself, admits this year is different than last year’s spring training.
"Last year was kind of a deal where I was really nervous, one of the lowest guys on the totem pole," Renfroe said. "I was kind of like a dog following its owner around, kind of just learning what to do and how to go about my day and where to go and what time."
"This year, I know what’s going on a little more and try to figure out where I belong on the team. Really, just focusing on myself and doing what I need to do to get myself ready and be a great teammate as well."
So far this spring, Renfroe believes he has done a good job taking advantage of his opportunities at the big-league level.
"I think it’s a hats off to Andy (Green) and the guys for having confidence in me to go out there and get the job done," Renfroe said. "I really appreciate that and respect that. I try to go out there everyday and work as hard as possible to let them see what I do. I think I’ve put some really good swings on the ball, but some of them haven’t dropped. That’s baseball though. I think I’ve done very well."
The 24-year old Mississippi native hit .272 with 20 homers and 78 RBI across Double-A and Triple-A last season.