Most first round draft picks entire athletic careers have been one unmitigated success followed by the next. Little League, high school, college - they have always been the best player on the team, if not the entire league.
But for Hunter Renfroe, the Padres top draft pick and thirteenth overall selection in the 2013 amateur draft, it hasnt always been a smooth ride.
While he had a storied high school career like many of his contemporaries, he also spent his freshman year at Mississippi State University on the bench or warming up pitchers in the bullpen. He was limited to only fourteen games, in which he hit .154.
My freshman year, I really didnt get that much playing time, Renfroe said after batting practice in Eugene where he has made an instant impact on the Northwest League.
It seemed like I was always running in from the bullpen, where I was either catching guys or warming up to come in to pitch, to the on-deck circle to pinch hit.
It was a tough time and really tested me, alt...