Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Profile: Hunter Renfroe


The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later hosts will be profiling a different Red Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2021 season.

Today's featured player:  Hunter Renfroe

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Renfroe brings both a powerful right-handed bat to the bottom of the Red Sox lineup and a solid defensive presence to the Sox outfield.  With the Tampa Bay Rays last season, Renfroe slashed .156/.252/.393 with eight homers and 22 RBI in 42 games with the American League Champions.  In his four-plus year major league career with the San Diego Padres (2016-2019) and last season with the Rays, Renfroe logs in with a .228/.290/.393 slash line with 97 homers and 226 RBIs.

Back of the baseball card:


  • Position: Outfielder
  • Age: 29
  • Bats: Right / Throws: Right
  • Height: 6-1 / Weight: 230 lbs.
  • Nickname: Froe
  • How acquired: Signed with the Red Sox as a free agent.
  • Contract status: Signed 1 yr/$3.1 M.  Under team control through 2023.

2020 Highlights: 

August 13th at Boston – Went 3 for 6 with two home runs and a double, three RBI and a run scored in a 17-8 win over the Red Sox.

July 27th vs. Atlanta – Went 3 for 5 with two home runs, three RBI and two runs scored in a 14-5 win over the Braves.

September 30th  vs. Toronto – AL Wild Card Game 2 - Went only 1 for 4 and struck out three times, but he made the most of the one hit, clubbing a grand slam in an 8-2 season clinching win over the Blue Jays.

Red Sox Podcast to be Named Player Outlook:

Baseball is becoming populated with players who fulfill one of three true outcomes.  Homerun, walk, or strike out.  Renfroe’s performance in Game 2 of the AL Wild Card Series against the Blue Jays (see above) is an example of that paradigm.  In 2021, Renfroe is projected to hit 25 home runs in 389 at bats, but he’s also projected to strike out 120 times.

Renfroe should see the bulk of his playing time vs left handed pitching.  In his career he has batted .258 and slugged .573 against left handed pitching. 61 of his 97 career home runs have also come against southpaws.  One need only look at Renfroe’s 2018 spray chart (below) to see why he was so enticing to CBO Chaim Bloom.  He is a sold pull hitter who should pepper balls onto and over the Green Monster. 

Renfroe is also a plus defender and should be able to adequately man right field, allowing Alex Verdugo to shift over to center to replace the departed JBJ.  When he does play he will likely hit eighth in front of Bobby Dalbec.  The two will provide a formidable power threat at the bottom of the lineup, but will also strike out a ton and kill a lot of rallies.  But that’s baseball in 2021.


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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox 2021 Player Profile: Hunter Renfroe
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