San Diego, CA- San Diego Padres prospects Hunter Renfroe and Tayron Guerrero were impressive in today’s SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game for the best minor leaguers in baseball as the Team USA defeat the Team World 3-2.
Texas Rangers prospect Joey Gallo carried Team USA to the win with a 419 ft two-run homer in the sixth inning to give Team USA the lead 3-2. Team USA has now won the last five five Futures Games and improve to 10-6 all-time since the game was created in 1999.
Padres top hitting prospect Hunter Renfroe went 1-2 with a single and showed off his cannon arm from the outfield. Padres hard-throwing relief pitching prospect Tayron Guerrero faced only one batter and struck out Yankees prospect Peter O’Brien on a 97 mph fastball to end the eighth inning for the World team.
Hunter Renfroe the Padres No. 5 prospect had an excellent first half for the Lake Elsinore Storm batting .295 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI’s. Renfroe lead the he California League in home runs and was named to the California League All-Star Team before being promoted to Double-A San Antonio last month.
Tayron Guerrero, 23, has been with the Padres since signing with the team out of Colombia as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. Guerrero has been dominant out of the bullpen with a 0.96 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings and was selected to the Midwest League’s All-Star game before being promoted to Lake Elsinore.
Guerrero is 6’7 with a fastball that consistently hits 100 mph, but has spent the past four seasons in Rookie Ball and Low-Single A developing his command before breaking out this seaosn.
This was the 6th straight year the Padres have had at least two prospects be selected to the All-Star Future’s Game. If you’re wondering Padres fans why our top prospects like Austin Hedges and Rymer Liriano weren’t selected to the team, is because in order to give new prospects a chance to shine…. most prospects do not get selected to the game twice.
Austin Hedges and Yeison Asencio were named to the Future’s Game last season and Rymer Liriano was selected to the game in 2012. In the past ten years the only Padres prospects to be named to the All-Star Future’s Game and play in the Major Leagues have been James Darnell, Reymond Fuentes, Simon Castro, Mat Latos, Luis Durango, Craig Stansberry, George Kottaras, Josh Barfield, Tim Stauffer and Khalil Greene.