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Renfroe selected by Padres in first round

Renfroe accepted the C Spire Ferriss trophy in May, awarded to the state’s best collegiate baseball player each year. Now, he will have to decide between finishing his college career at State in 2014 or signing with the San Diego Padres and joining Major League Baseball.

By James Beasley

Crystal Springs’ Hunter Renfroe, a Copiah Academy and currently an All-American outfielder for the Mississippi State Bulldogs, was selected 13th in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft last week by the San Diego Padres. The junior rightfielder is hitting over .350 with nearly 60 RBI’s and is tied for the SEC lead with 15 home runs.

According to reports, Renfroe will likely be offered a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $2.6 million. “It’s pure elation for me and my family,” Renfroe told reporters. “It’s just such a surreal feeling to hear your name called and realize you’re a first round draft pick in professional baseball.

Meanwhile, he and his teammates are on their way to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. After hosting and winning a regional, they won the first two games of the Super Regional at the University of Virginia 11-6 and 6-5 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

It feels better to get the draft out of the way,” Renfroe said. “I can now focus on. . . the goal of getting on to Omaha because that’s my whole goal.”

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