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A look at new Rays Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Edwards

Powerful outfielder, prospect are return in deal that sent Tommy Pham and prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego.
San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 10. [ORLANDO RAMIREZ  |  AP]
San Diego Padres' Hunter Renfroe is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Aug. 10. [ORLANDO RAMIREZ | AP]
Published Dec. 6, 2019

Here is a look at the primary pieces of the return that the Rays will get in trading Tommy Pham and prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego, with the deal expected to be announced later Friday:

Hunter Renfroe, OF

Bats, throws: Right

Age: 29 in January

2019 stats: .216, 33 HR, 64 RBIs, .778 OPS (.489 slugging, .289 on-base), 2.6 WAR

Need to know: Averaged 28 homers in 126 games over three full big-league seasons … Ranked 13th in majors in 2019 with a 13.3 at-bats to homer ratio … Struck out 154 times … Had October surgery to remove bone chip from right foot, also dealt with elbow and ankle injuries, a potential cause for 2019 second half skid … Ranked second in majors with 13 outfield assists and 22 defensive runs saved per, playing all three positions, and was Gold Glove finalist in left … Had a throw to second clocked at 101 mph, tops in majors in 2019 for an out … 2013 first-round pick from Mississippi State.

Xavier Edwards, INF

Xavier Edwards, a shortstop from North Broward Prep, poses for photographs with Tony Gwynn Jr. after being selected No. 38 by the San Diego Padres during the first round of the Major League Baseball draft on June 4, 2018. [FRANK FRANKLIN II | Associated Press]

Bats: Both Throws: Right

Age: 20

2019 stats: .322, 1 HR, 43 RBI, 34 SB, .771 OPS at Class A

Need to know: 38th pick in 2018 draft from North Broward Prep in Coconut Creek … Got $2.6 million to skip Vanderbilt commitment … Ranked No. 5 prospect in deep Padres system, No. 73 overall by; 46th overall by ESPN’s Keith Law. … Has near elite level speed, listed at 5-10, 175 pounds … Played more second base than shortstop in 2019 … in 503 pro at-bats over four levels in two pro seasons is hitting .328 with a .395 on-base percentage … Law projects him as “a longtime regular with some chance of becoming a star” if he develops some power. … Baseball America had him sixth in Padres system and called him a “dynamic contact-speed type” compared often to Chone Figgins, the Brandon High product who played 12 years in majors.


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