Former Mississippi State standout Hunter Renfroe got his first taste of the MLB All-Star experience participating in the Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday.
Renfroe started the game in right field going 1-for-2 and hitting eighth in the order. The Crystal Springs native singled in his first at bat in the third inning and helped the U.S. Team to a 3-2 win against the World.
“I’ve been in big ballparks before, but this is going to be a packed house,” Renfroe told MLB.com. “I played in Fenway a few times before, but never with this kind of crowd. It’s incredible. A packed house. That’s the biggest I’ve ever seen.”
Renfroe helped lead the Diamond Dogs to the championship series at the College World Series in 2013 as a junior before being drafted 13th overall by the San Diego Padres. He has earned three promotions so far in the minor leagues and is currently playing at Double-A San Antonio.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder hit .295 with 16 home runs and 52 runs batted in for Single-A Lake Elsinore and participated in the California League All-Star game prior to his promotion this season. An illness and injury to his left hand has limited him to just 13 games for the Missions where he is batting .213 with three homers and seven RBI.
“I’m doing all right, it’s a little bit of an adjustment,” Renfroe said. “It’s not a hitters’ league at all. The wind blows in most of the time. You have to take a line drive approach and just hit ground balls through the infield. But I’m hitting the ball hard right now. That’s all you can ask for.”