The Padres system has gone through a lot of changes in recent months, but one of its top prospects will start Spring Training in the same place he kicked off last year.
Hunter Renfroe is among 19 players to receive non-roster invitations to Major League camp, the team announced Wednesday. The 24-year-old slugger spend the bulk of last year at Double-A San Antonio before getting a mid-August callup to Triple-A El Paso. He's ranked No. 2 among prospects in the organization and No. 92 overall by MLB.com.
The 2013 first-round pick struggled in the Texas League at the start of 2015, hitting .205 through May 17. By the time he was promoted on Aug. 18, he'd lifted that number to .259, collecting 14 homers and 22 doubles in 112 games. Renfroe batted .333/.358/.633 with six homers, five doubles, a pair of triples and 24 RBIs in 21 games in the Pacific Coast League, where he nearly hit for the cycle in a four-RBI debut. The strong-armed right fielder also has recorded 25 assists over the last two seasons.
In nine Cactus League games last season, the Mississippi State product had nine at-bats. Although he went without a hit, he walked twice and scored a pair of runs. Renfroe also saw action in four Cactus League contests in 2014, drawing a walk but going hitless in six at-bats.
Carlos Asuaje, acquired from the Red Sox in November in the Craig Kimbrel deal, also received a non-roster invitation to camp. The 24-year-old infielder slashed .251/.334/.374 with 23 doubles in the Double-A Eastern League in 2015, finishing the year as the Padres' 19th-ranked prospect.
The other non-roster invitees are outfielder Skip Schumaker; pitchers Johnny Hellweg, Philip Humber, Brandon Morrow, Martires Arias, Luis Diaz, Jose Dominguez, Daniel McCutchen, Carlos Pimentel and Frank Garces; catchers Jason Hagerty, Rocky Gale and Erik Kratz; and infielders Ryan Schimpf, Jemile Weeks, Nick Noonan and Adam Rosales.