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Back to Back! Chihuahua’s Renfroe Named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Pacific Coast League announced Tuesday that El Paso outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Albuquerque left-hander Ryan Carpenter have been named the Player and Pitcher of the Week for the season-ending period of August 28-September 4.

Renfroe is only the third PCL player to win the award in back-to-back weeks since 2009, while Carpenter is the second PCL pitcher to be honored twice this season.

Renfroe collected a PCL-best 17 hits, while tying for the league lead in total bases (28) and RBI (13) in helping El Paso win their third straight Pacific Southern Division Championship. During the period, he hit for both average (.500) and power (.824 slugging percentage), compiling a 1.364 OPS in the process.

Renfroe also had five extra-base hits, three home runs and 10 runs scored.

In a series against then-playoff-hopeful Fresno, the former PCL MVP opened the set with three consecutive three-hit games – all in Chihuahuas wins. On August 28, he had a two-run homer, part of a three-RBI night, and a day later, added two more RBI. The third game of the set, Renfroe mashed a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning of an eventual 14-inning victory. In the season-ending series at Sacramento, he had two more three-hit games.

The latter of those contests, Renfroe clubbed a first inning grand slam in the Chihuahuas division-clinching win. The Mississippi native had hits in seven of the eight games he appeared., a stretch that saw the defending PCL Champions go 6-2 to overcome Salt Lake and return to the postseason.

In his two weeks since joining El Paso, Renfroe has hit .509 (28-for-55) with four home runs and 18 RBI. He made San Diego’s Opening Day roster and hit 20 home runs prior to his option.

An eighth-round draft pick of the Padres in 2013 out of Mississippi State, Renfroe hit .306 (163-for-533) with 30 home runs and 105 RBI in 2016 en route to being named the league’s MVP. Renfroe’s former teammate, Austin Hedges, was the last PCL player to win back-to-back weekly awards.

This is the fifth such award of Renfroe’s career.

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Carpenter spun 14 innings of three-run ball in a pair of starts against Reno, the Pacific Northern Division Champions. The first of those outings was at home on August 28, and he went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts – his third double-digit strikeout game of the season.

On September 3 at Greater Nevada Field, Carpenter produced another quality start, going seven innings and surrendering just one run on three hits with seven strikeouts.

The All-PCL pitcher, in his second full-season with Albuquerque, led the league in innings pitched (156.0 IP), while finishing second with 161 strikeouts, the most for a PCL left-hander since 1985. Carpenter went 10-9 with a 4.15 ERA, the latter of which was only topped by two pitchers.

The southpaw was a seventh-round pick of the Rockies in 2011 out of Gonzaga University. He has worked his way through the Rockies system, going 43-46 with a 4.37 ERA (760.1 IP, 369 ER) in seven professional seasons. His only other career Pitcher of the Week award came this year for the period of June 26-July 2 after he recorded 18 strikeouts in 14 innings.

Chihuahuas Outfielder Hunter Renfroe Named PCL Player of the Week

ROUND ROCK, Texas – El Paso outfielder Hunter Renfroe and Nashville right-hander Ben Bracewell have been tabbed the Pacific Coast League’s Player and Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 21-27, the League office announced Monday.

In his first six games with the Chihuahuas this season, the reigning PCL MVP posted a .524/.583/1.000 (AVG/OBP/OPS) slash line. Renfroe compiled 11 hits, seven of which went for extra bases, a PCL weekly-best. He also topped the league with eight runs scored, while totaling 21 bases.

Additionally, Renfroe hit one home run, drove in five and collected more walks (3) than strikeouts (2).

Renfroe, who had hits in all six games, fell a home run shy of the cycle in his first game of the week, which was also his first since getting optioned

Renfroe, who had hits in all six games, fell a home run shy of the cycle in his first game of the week, which was also his first since getting optioned. He had three hits, two runs and a RBI against Tacoma on August 21.

The Mississippi native added a three-hit, three-run game on August 24 in a series opener against Sacramento. A game later, he ripped his first home run of the Triple-A season, a two-run shot. Renfroe finished his week’s performance with a two-double, two-RBI effort in an eventual walk-off win.

The Padres’ first round pick (13th overall) of the 2013 draft, Renfroe, made San Diego’s Opening Day roster. He hit .230 (93-for-404) with 20 home runs and 47 RBI in 111 games. He made his MLB debut last September after spending the 2016 season in El Paso.

With the Chihuahuas last season, he hit .306 (163-for-533) with 30 home runs and 105 RBI, en route to being named the league’s MVP.

This is Renfroe’s fourth career Player of the Week, having also been honored in the Arizona Fall League (2014), in the PCL (2016) and in MLB (2016).

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Bracewell, a three-year college teammate of Renfroe’s at Mississippi State, pitched 13 shutout innings, allowing only seven hits, with 10 strikeouts against just two walks. Bracewell started his week with six scoreless innings against Iowa on August 21; he retired 17 of the 21 hitters he faced, scattering four hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.

The Alabama native then tossed seven shutout innings in a win against Round Rock on August 27. Bracewell limited the Express to three singles and two walks, while getting two double plays, in his 95-pitch effort.

The 26-year-old began his professional career with the non-affiliated River City Rascals of the Frontier League after going undrafted out of college. Bracewell made four starts for the Rascals before signing with the  Athletics in July 2014. He has worked his way through the A’s farm system compiling a 22-9 record with a 3.81 ERA in 267 innings.

Bracewell made his Triple-A debut in June and has been with the Sounds since, pitching to a 4.84 ERA (57.2 IP, 31 ER) in 12 appearances (11 starts). This is his first career Player of the Week award.

 

 

Chihuahuas Renfroe Named PCL’s Most Valuable Player for 2016

El Paso Chihuahuas’ outfielder Hunter Renfroe has been voted the 80th Most Valuable Player in Pacific Coast League history, the league office announced Thursday.

Renfroe secured two-thirds of the votes from the league’s field managers and media representatives to become the fourth Padres’ farmhand to win the award. Sandy Alomar, Jr. did so most recently in 1989 with the Las Vegas Stars – the second of his back-to-back MVP awards. Kevin McReynolds (1983, Las Vegas) and Timothy Pyznarski (1986, Las Vegas) were also recognized. Reno’s Kyle Jensen, the PCL home run and RBI leader, finished runner-up to Renfroe.

Chihuahuas #10 Hunter Renfroe slides in for the Triple
Chihuahuas #10 Hunter Renfroe slides in for the Triple

In his first full Triple-A season, the four-year professional has enjoyed a career year to pace a Chihuahuas offense that has scored the second-most runs the league. In 128 games, he leads all Triple-A players in extra-base hits (68) and total bases (290), while ranking second in home runs (29) and RBI (104).

Renfroe is seeking to become Minor League Baseball’s fourth player this season to eclipse 30 home runs and 100 RBI. Additionally, the 24-year-old has collected 159 hits (.306 batting average), the second-most among Triple-A players, with a .559 slugging percentage and 94 runs scored, both of which rank third for Minor League Baseball’s highest classification.

Renfroe racked up a season-high four hits, including his first career grand slam, in a June 27 win against Reno. Two weeks earlier, on June 12 he drove in a season-high five runs, part of a three-hit effort, in a victory over Sacramento.

The following night, Renfroe had a walk-off single in the 13th inning against Albuquerque for the back-to-back Pacific Southern Division Champions. Furthermore, he recorded a season-best 16 game hitting streak fromJune 26 through July 18 in which he hit .437 (31-for-71) with six home runs, 19 RBI and 17 runs scored.

The Mississippi native has already received multiple honors this season. Renfroe, earlier this week, was named an outfielder on the All-PCL

El Paso Chihuahuas Hunter Renfroe
El Paso Chihuahuas Hunter Renfroe

Team. Over the All-Star break, he was the starting right fielder for Team USA in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, drawing a walk in three trips to the plate.

Days later, he started in center field in the Triple-A All-Star Game. Renfroe was also tabbed the PCL Player of the Week for April 18-24 after hitting a home run in four consecutive games.

Renfroe was selected by the Padres with the 13th overall pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State and entered this season as San Diego’s third-best prospect according to Baseball America. He was also tabbed a Mid-Season All-Star in 2013 with Single-A Eugene and in 2014 with Single-A Lake Elsinore.

Renfroe played in the 2014 Arizona Fall League and was named to the All-Prospect Team. In 459 career games, he has hit .281 (507-for-1804) with 82 home runs and 302 RBI.

Three Chihuahuas Players, One Coach Named Triple-A All-Stars

The El Paso Chihuahuas will be well represented at the 2016 Sonic Automotive Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday, July 13 in Charlotte, N.C. Today the Pacific Coast League announced Carlos Asuaje, Casey McElroy and Hunter Renfroe will suit up for the Pacific Coast League team against the International League All-Stars at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, home of the Charlotte Knights, the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate.

Chihuahuas outfielder #2 Carlos Asuaje with the diving catch
Chihuahuas outfielder #2 Carlos Asuaje with the diving catch

Carlos Asuaje – The 24-year-old infielder will attend his third consecutive all-star game at the third different level after being named a Pacific Coast League All-Star.

Asuaje participated in the 2014 Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game and the 2015 Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game.

The Venezuelan-born infielder is tied for the Triple-A lead in triples with seven and is currently hitting .324 for the Chihuahuas.

Asuaje will also play in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park in San Diego on Sunday, July 10.

 

#5 Casey McElroy in the 70's Themed throwback jersey
#5 Casey McElroy in the 70’s Themed throwback jersey

Casey McElroy – McElroy had an explosive start to the month of May and is putting together a strong second season in Triple-A.

The 26-year-old infielder was PCL Player of the Week for May 2-8 after going 14-for-28 (.500) at the plate with nine RBIs.

He had a stretch of play in which he collected multiple hits in 12 out of 13 games and is currently hitting .306.

This is McElroy’s second minor league all-star nomination after appearing in the 2014 Texas League All-Star Game for the Double-A San Antonio Missions.

 

Chihuahuas #10 Hunter Renfroe slides in for the Triple
Chihuahuas #10 Hunter Renfroe slides in for the Triple

Hunter Renfroe – Renfroe leads all Triple-A players in home runs (18), hits (104), extra-base hits (47) and is tied with teammate Manuel Margot in runs scored (59).

Renfroe was PCL Player of the Week for April 18-24, 2016 after homering in four consecutive games.

The 24-year-old outfielder from Mississippi will play in his third minor league all-star game after previously participating in the California/Carolina League All-Star Game for High-

A Lake Elsinore in 2014 as well as the Northwest/Pioneer League All-Star Game in 2013 for Short-Season Eugene.

Renfroe will also play in the 2016 Futures Game at Petco Park on Sunday, July 10.

These players will join infielders Jonathan Galvez and Cody Decker as Chihuahuas to play in a Triple-A All-Star Game. In 2015 at Omaha’s Werner Park, Decker became the first Chihuahua to start a Triple-A All-Star Game.

As previously announced, Chihuahuas pitching coach Bronswell Patrick, a native of North Carolina, will serve as the pitching coach for the Pacific Coast League.

The stakes of the Triple-A All-Star Game are similar to those of the MLB All-Star Game. The winning league will be rewarded as the home team for the 2016 Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game at AutoZone Park in Memphis, Tennessee, home of the PCL’s Memphis Redbirds.

The 2016 Sonic Automotive Triple-A All-Star Game will be televised live on MLB Network at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on July 13 and the radio broadcast can be heard live on the El Paso Chihuahuas flagship station, 600 ESPN El Paso.

The Chihuahuas open a four-game homestand against the Reno Aces tonight. Tickets are still available for the series, including GECU’s Independence Day celebration games, with post-game fireworks shows on July 2 and July 3. Fans can purchase tickets at 915-533-BASE or www.epchihuahuas.com

Chihuahuas’ Margot, Renfroe, & Asuaje selected to SiriusXM Futures Game

Not only will the Padres host the superstars of baseball in two weeks, but they will also give San Diego an up-close preview of their top prospects.

Chihuahuas outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe as well as infielder Carlos Asuaje will participate in the 18th SiriusXM Futures Game on Sunday, July 10 at Petco Park in San Diego.

The Futures Game is an exhibition of the top prospects at all levels in baseball, and has been part of the MLB All-Star Game since 1999. Two teams are made up of the top prospects from the United States against a team of World prospects. Renfroe will play for the U.S. Team while Margot and Asuaje will suit up for the World Team.

Manuel Margot is the Padres top prospect and will be playing in his second straight Futures Game. Margot started in center field for the World Team in 2015 in Cincinnati and went 0-for-2 at the plate. In 2016, he has played center field for the Chihuahuas exclusively as well as leading off. His 14 outfield assists lead all of Minor League Baseball, he is fifth among all Minor Leaguers with 59 runs scored, and is second in the Pacific Coast League with 22 stolen bases.

The San Diego Padres number three prospect, Hunter Renfroe, will also play in his second Futures Game. Renfroe was 1-for-2 in the 2014 Futures Game at Target Field in Minneapolis when he was at Double-A San Antonio. The Mississippi native is a former first-round pick by the Padres as the 13th overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Renfroe currently leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs (18), and he also leads all of Minor League Baseball in extra-base hits (47).

Carlos Asuaje is ranked as the Padres number 14 prospect according to MLB.com. Asuaje was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela but grew up in Miami, Florida. He came to the Padres organization from Boston in the offseason with Margot in a package for Craig Kimbrel. His .320 batting average is 12thin the Pacific Coast League while his 93 hits are fourth among Minor League hitters, just behind Renfroe with 102 in second place. Asuaje and Margot currently pace the PCL triples race with 7 three-baggers apiece.

The trio of Padres prospects join right-handed pitcher Colin Rea as the only players in El Paso’s Triple-A history to be selected to the Futures Game. Rea recorded the final two outs of the 2015 Futures Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 2016 U.S. Team will be managed by Trevor Hoffman (Padres senior advisor, baseball operations) while the World Team will be instructed by Moises Alou (Padres special assistant, player development). A pair of Padres minor league instructors who have passed through El Paso so far this season, Mark Prior and Luis Ortiz, will serve as additional field staff under Hoffman and Alou respectively.

First pitch for the 2016 Futures Game is set for 5 PM Mountain Time (4 PM Pacific) and can be seen on MLB Network. Complete Futures Game rosters can be found here.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Chihuahuas Overpower Aces 13 to 3

The El Paso Chihuahuas piled up 20 hits in their 13-3 win over the Reno Aces Monday night at Greater Nevada Field. Bryan Rodriguez allowed two runs in six innings to get his fourth win in five Triple-A starts this year.

For the fourth time in four games in Reno, the Chihuahuas scored the game’s first runs when Jason Hagerty hit an RBI double and Diego Goris struck an RBI single in the second inning to put El Paso ahead 2-0. The Chihuahuas added three more runs in a four-hit third inning, including a two-run homer by Hector Sanchez, who has three home runs in his first nine at bats with El Paso.

The Chihuahuas chased Reno starter Braden Shipley from the game after four innings, his shortest start of the year. Shipley entered the game with the fifth-best ERA in the Pacific Coast League, but the Chihuahuas scored eight runs on 12 hits against him.

Hunter Renfroe’s fifth-inning grand slam highlighted a five-run inning and gave him the PCL lead in home runs with 18. Renfroe joined Ryan Schimpf and Austin Hedges as Chihuahuas to hit grand slams in 2016.

Hedges went 3-for-6 with an RBI but did not hit a home run for the first time in his last six games.

Jabari Blash went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, including a solo home run that landed on top of Reno’s scoreboard beyond the left field wall.

Gameday Box Score: http://www.milb.com/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2016_06_27_elpaaa_renaaa_1&mode=gameday

Team Records: El Paso (46-32), Reno (41-37)

Next Game: Tuesday at 2:05 p.m. vs. Reno at Greater Nevada Field. El Paso RHP Daniel McCutchen (8-3, 4.87) vs. Reno LHP Edwin Escobar (4-2, 4.71). Game coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso andwww.epchihuahuas.com

El Paso 13 Reno 3 – Monday

WP: Rodriguez (4-1)

LP: Shipley (6-4)

S: None

Time: 3:13

Attn: 3,481

Chihuahuas Outfielder Renfroe named PCL Player of the Week

ROUND ROCK, Texas – The Pacific Coast League announced today that El Paso Chihuahuas outfielder Hunter Renfroe has been named the Player of the Week for April 18-24.

Renfroe has homered in each of the last four games, the second longest streak in the PCL this year (Zunino, 5 straight, 4/13-18). His 1.048 slugging and 1.548 OPS from this past week led all of Minor League Baseball, while his four home runs were tied for tops in MiLB. Additionally, Refroe hit .429 (9-for-21), collecting 22 total bases, with six RBI and seven runs scored.

The 24-year-old hit safely in five of six games, recording multiple hits in four of those contests.

The Mississippi native was selected by the Padres with the 13th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State. Ranked as San Diego’s third-best prospect by Baseball America, Renfroe has hit .274 (368-for-1344) with 57 home runs and 208 RBI in 346 career games.

He is the first Chihuahua to be named Player of the Week since Cody Decker, who took home the honors for the week of May 4-10, 2015. This is Refroe’s third career Player of the Week, also collecting the accolade in 2013 with Single-A Eugene and in 2014 with the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros.