Hunter Renfroe

Hunter Renfroe

32-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Renfroe was traded from the Brewers to the Angels last offseason, marking his fifth different team over the last five Opening Days. He was on the move again in late August, going to the Reds via waivers. In between the two stops, the 32-year-old had his least productive season outside of the shortened 2020 campaign, finishing with a .713 OPS, 91 OPS+ and 20 home runs. The quality of contact metrics support the dip in production, as Renfroe's 6.1 percent barrel rate was easily a career low and his 88.3 mph average exit velocity and 39.1 percent hard-hit rate were his lowest since his rookie season. His defensive metrics also fell off for the second year in a row. Renfroe should get another shot at regular at-bats in 2024 after landing with Kansas City, and while his skill set is limited, he seems like a decent bet to rebound as a solid power source. Read Past Outlooks
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#367
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$Signed a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Royals in December of 2023. Contract includes $7.5 million player option for 2025.
Resting Saturday
OFKansas City Royals
June 22, 2024
Renfroe is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Rangers.
ANALYSIS
Renfroe will take a rest Saturday after returning from the injured list Friday, going 0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts. The lefty-hitting Adam Frazier will start in right field Saturday and bat in the leadoff spot against Rangers right-hander Jon Gray.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
8
5
25
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
5
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .735 339 41 14 38 2 .239 .313 .422
Since 2022vs Right .741 922 103 41 120 0 .236 .297 .444
2024vs Left .606 59 9 2 13 1 .185 .254 .352
2024vs Right .642 132 13 4 13 0 .202 .280 .361
2023vs Left .686 140 17 4 9 0 .244 .300 .386
2023vs Right .722 408 43 16 51 0 .229 .297 .426
2022vs Left .842 140 15 8 16 1 .258 .350 .492
2022vs Right .794 382 47 21 56 0 .254 .303 .492
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2024
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+25%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .788 608 73 28 79 0 .253 .318 .470
Since 2022Away .695 653 71 27 79 2 .221 .285 .409
2024Home .668 94 11 4 16 0 .207 .266 .402
2024Away .592 97 11 2 10 1 .186 .278 .314
2023Home .801 250 31 13 30 0 .244 .312 .489
2023Away .641 298 29 7 30 0 .223 .285 .355
2022Home .819 264 31 11 33 0 .278 .342 .477
2022Away .794 258 31 18 39 1 .232 .288 .506
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Stat Review
How does Hunter Renfroe compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.47
 
BB Rate
8.9%
 
K Rate
18.8%
 
BABIP
.214
 
ISO
.162
 
AVG
.197
 
OBP
.272
 
SLG
.358
 
OPS
.631
 
wOBA
.282
 
Exit Velocity
88.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
29.9%
 
Barrels/PA
4.7%
 
Expected BA
.210
 
Expected SLG
.344
 
Sprint Speed
22.7 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
37.2%
 
Line Drive %
16.1%
 
Fly Ball %
46.7%
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Set to play right field
OFLos Angeles Angels
November 23, 2022
Renfroe will play mainly in right field with the Angels, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
ANALYSIS
Renfroe was traded from the Brewers to the Angels on Tuesday, and he'll now prepare to play for his fifth team in as many seasons. Taylor Ward served as the Angels' primary right fielder last year, but Renfroe will take over at the position after he started 118 games in right field for Milwaukee in 2022. Ward will serve as the Angels' primary left fielder to begin the 2023 campaign.
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Renfroe was dealt to Milwaukee just before the start of the season in a deal that netted the Red Sox a couple low-level prospects and the obligation of taking on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s contract. Renfroe was coming off a career year in Boston enjoying both the spoils of Fenway Park as well as the talented surrounding casts, and essentially picked up in Milwaukee where he left off in Boston. Renfroe's statistical lines in many categories were just single-digits off 2021 numbers, which speaks to his raw power given how many other hitters struggled to adjust to the changing baseball and its storage. His runs and RBI production noticeably declined with the downgrade of the supporting cast, and he now finds himself on a fifth team in five years after the Brewers sent him to the Angels for low-end pitching depth. Renfroe certainly has his flaws, but he should play every day and push for close to 30 homers without hurting your batting average for the third consecutive season.
Once considered just a platoon bat, Renfroe had the best season of his career in 2021, reaching new highs in playing time (PA and games) and runs-plus-RBI (195). Additionally, his .259 average was the highest since his debut season. The biggest gain was from his strikeout dropping for the second straight season. Over his career, Renfroe has destroyed lefties (.903 OPS) compared to righties (.732 OPS), but in 2021 he held his own against righties (.779 OPS). Since there was no need to platoon him, he was able to rack up the counting stats. Additionally, he lowered his launch angle, thereby lowering the number of easy flyball outs (47.7 FB% to 43.3 FB%), adding more line drives. Following a December trade to Milwaukee, his playing time seems even more secure. Renfroe will look to maintain last year's improvements and perhaps the park can help him find a way to take another step forward.
The Rays going 0-for-the-World Series around the Randy Arozarena homers put the spotlight on the terrible early returns on their deal for Renfroe. Rather than pay Tommy Pham what he had coming in arbitration or give Jake Cronenworth a chance in Tampa Bay, both were sent packing for Renfroe and prospect Xavier Edwards. Renfroe was horrendous in Tampa Bay outside of the occasional massive homer off a lefty pitcher. The club used him in a platoon capacity, but as Eastern Division foes lost lefties to injuries, Renfroe's playing time declined. The swing is long, and when it rests, it has a tough time waking up. Boston is hoping that changes in 2021 after signing him to provide help against lefties. Renfroe's flyball-plus-pull-heavy approach in Fenway may entice you to reach, but a few dominoes need to fall for him to play every day.
Renfroe's 2019 campaign was a drastic contrast between two halves. He cracked 27 home runs before the All-Star break, tied for fifth in the majors. The second half was a different story, however, as he hit a paltry .161 and swatted only six long balls. Injuries played a major part in his slide; he was dogged with various ailments throughout the latter part of the season. His 31.2 K% and 71.4% contact rate were both far below league average, yet he posted the highest walk rate (9.3%) and ISO (.273) of his career. This offseason, the Rays shipped Tommy Pham and a good prospect to San Diego for Renfroe and a great prospect. Part of the real-life appeal is that he was worth 22 defensive runs saved last year (elite) and can play all three outfield spots. His career splits (139 wRC+ against LHP, 90 wRC+ against RHP) could lead to the platoon-happy Rays handing Renfroe his fewest PA since his rookie season.
The 2018 version of Renfroe was, in many ways, much like the 2017 version. The home-run and run production look almost like mirror images, but there were some gains below the surface. Renfroe cut down on the swing and miss while increasing his Isolated Power and overall offensive production. Eighteen of his 26 home runs came against righties and he lifted his .202/.244/.393 slash line against righties from 2017 to .245/.293/.510 in 2018. Do not buy into the “age 27” theory talk you may hear elsewhere as much as the fact Renfroe is heading into his third full season and has thus far shown tangible progress with his offensive profile. Thirty homers in 2019 looks like a foregone conclusion based on the trends, and we cannot rule out a push for 40 with more playing time and some HR/FB variance.
In the era of the three true outcomes, Renfroe is more of an either/or: strikeout or homer. As a 25-year-old rookie, Renfroe walked just 5.6 percent of the time after posting a 3.9 percent walk rate at Triple-A El Paso in 2016 (22 walks in 563 plate appearances). The power is real, but it isn't quite elite -- Renfroe had a 7.1 Brls/PA, .467 xSLG and 24.2 xHR. Meanwhile, Renfroe chased roughly one-third of the pitches he saw out of the strike zone and fanned 29.2 percent of the time overall. He did most of his damage against lefties, struggling to an ugly .202/.244/.393 line against same-handed pitching. Making matters worse, Renfroe was also a net negative on defense. Players have to do more than one thing well to stick around at the big-league level, and right now, Renfroe is a one-dimensional player. He will have to compete for time in left field with Wil Myers moving to right.
Renfroe swatted a career-best 34 homers in 2016, with 30 of those long balls coming at Triple-A El Paso before a late-September call to San Diego. Considering the lack of power in the Padres' lineup throughout the season, it's somewhat surprising that he wasn't added to the mix sooner, but a second-half fade in the minors (.734 OPS) after a strong first half (.973) may have been the culprit. In addition to a drop-off in offensive production, Renfroe struck out at a much higher clip in the second half (20.4 strikeout percentage overall), and he failed to walk frequently throughout the season (3.9 walk percentage at Triple-A, 2.8 in 11 games with San Diego), raising questions about his eye and plate coverage. With plus power, Renfroe should have a place in the Padres' outfield to open 2017, but he possesses significant downside in the batting average department despite earning Pacific Coast League MVP honors at El Paso last season. In the late rounds of fantasy drafts, of course, reward outweighs risk when it comes to mashers of this potential caliber.
In two full seasons of professional baseball, Renfroe has two 20-homer seasons. After blasting 14 in the tough Double-A Texas League, Renfroe earned a late-season promotion to Triple-A El Paso, where he hit six home runs and posted a .333/.358/.633 line in 21 games. Renfroe’s raw power is his best tool, and it could get him to the majors early in 2016. The question will be if Renfroe can make enough contact to let his power sing. He has struck out 338 times in 1,421 professional plate appearances, a 23.8 percent strikeout rate. That has kept his minor league batting average down to .270 and will put an even lower ceiling on his major league batting average if he can’t improve. Renfroe hit just .250 in parts of two seasons at Double-A, a sign of the improvement he has to make before becoming a major leaguer.
Renfroe's 2014 campaign was split nearly evenly between High-A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio, but his numbers post promotion featured a .660 OPS after he punished Cal League pitching at a .935 clip. One particularly encouraging sign is that Renfroe showed improved plate discipline following the promotion, and it may not be long before he's ready to contribute in San Diego. Although he finished the season as RotoWire's 27th ranked prospect, Renfroe seems to get overlooked by some owners due to his future home park in San Diego. As a right-handed bat with pop to all fields, the cavernous nature of Petco Park won't be as damaging to his production as it is for left-handed hitters. Renfroe and Rymer Liriano appear to be the long-term future at the corner-outfield spots for the Padres, but the additions of Matt Kemp and Justin Upton in the offseason have clouded things a bit.
After leading Mississippi State to its first championship round at last year's College World Series, Renfroe immediately reported to short-season Eugene for a productive 25-game stay, before the Padres moved him to Low-A Fort Wayne to conclude the season. His batting line (.212/.268/.379) at the latter location left something to be desired, but in a small sample size, he still put up two home runs, five doubles, seven RBI, and six runs in 66 at-bats. Following spring training, the minor league ride of the 2013 first-round pick will likely start off in Fort Wayne.
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Returns from injured list
OFKansas City Royals
June 21, 2024
The Royals reinstated Renfroe (toe) from the 15-day injured list Friday.
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Starts swinging bat again
OFKansas City Royals
Toe
June 18, 2024
Renfroe (toe) resumed playing light catch last Wednesday and was spotted taking some swings on the field last weekend, MLB.com reports.
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MRI reveals no fracture
OFKansas City Royals
Toe
June 12, 2024
Renfroe is recovering from a bone bruise and a stress reaction in his left big toe after an MRI on Wednesday revealed no structural damage, Jaylon T. Thompson of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Moved to 10-day IL
OFKansas City Royals
Toe
June 11, 2024
Renfroe (toe) was placed on the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Suffers fractured big toe
OFKansas City Royals
Toe
June 10, 2024
Renfroe has been diagnosed with a broken left big toe, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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