Days after the Padres made him their top pick out of Mississippi State in 2013, Hunter caught a possum with his bare hands as a friend captured the achievement on video…the clip made the rounds on social media…the next day, his coaches suggested he cease the practice, since the Padres might not appreciate it as much as his friends...Hunter and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow share a phonetic connection… Hunter reached out to his football counterpart after receiving tweets from confused fans trying to congratulate Renfrow for his 88 receiving yards for Clemson in the 2016 National Championship game…the two began exchanging messages and formed a friendship before finally meeting in person when the Padres visited Oracle Park in June 2019...He met his wife, Courtney, while the two were in high school at Copiah (Miss.) Academy, where she was a state champion tennis player…both love to hunt, fish and enjoy the outdoors...Hunter has a dog named Timber, a boykin spaniel, and guarantees he is the most beautiful dog you've ever seen...He grew up a fan of Chipper Jones and the Braves…TBS heavily featured the Braves and was one of the six channels he had at home growing up in Mississippi.
Hit a career-high 33 HR, tied for 7th among NL outfielders and the most by a Padre since Adrián González (40) in 2009…set career highs with 140 games, 64 runs, 46 BB and 53 XBH...233 of his 494 PA (47.2 pct.) ended with either a home run (33), walk (46) or strikeout (154)...Tied for 5th in the majors with 27 HR prior to the All-Star break…endured elbow and ankle injuries in the second half, hitting 6 HR in 59 games...Avoided a stint on the injury list but aggravated his right ankle injury in September…following the injury, played in only 13 of the Padres 23 remaining games and started seven of them...He and Manny Machado (32) became the second pair of Padres teammates with 30 HR in the same season…the only other pair to do it was Phil Nevin (41) and Ryan Klesko (30) in 2001...Hit 11 HR in 113 AB against left-handed pitching…his 10.27 AB/HR ratio against southpaws ranked 2nd in the NL (min. 100 AB) behind teammate Manny Machado (9.77)...Was a finalist for the Rawlings NL Gold Glove Award for right field, won by ARI David Peralta...Recorded 13 outfield assists, tied with PHI Bryce Harper for most in the NL and one shy of CWS Leury García for most in the majors...His 23 Defensive Runs Saved tied LAD Cody Bellinger for 2nd among major league outfielders behind WAS Victor Robles (25)...Was selected as the Padres nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award...On May 5 vs. LAD, hit the first pinch-hit, walkoff grand slam in Padres history…connected off Kenley Jansen to turn a 5-4 deficit into an 8-5 win…was his fifth career pinch-hit homer, fifth grand slam and second walk-off homer…his five grand slams are tied with Nate Colbert for 2nd in Padres history behind Phil Nevin (7)...On June 14 at COL, homered in the 2nd, 9th and 12th innings for the second 3-HR game of his career…joined Steve Finley as the only players in Padres history with multiple 3-HR games…also singled in the 8th to tie the Padres single-game record with 13 total bases...After the season, underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from the top of his right foot...Acquired by the Rays on Dec 6…was the second time in franchise history the Rays made an offseason trade for a player coming off a 30-HR season, following the acquisition of Vinny Castilla in December 1999.
Matched his Padres rookie record from 2017 with a clubleading 26 HR in 2018…also ranked first on the team in SLG (.504) and second in RBI (68), go-ahead RBI (16) and extra-base hits (50)...Led the SD outfield with six outfield assists and ranked second in starts (95) and innings played (855.0)…made 54 starts in LF and 41 in RF...Collected just one multi-hit game through his first 17 contests (.200/.281/.440) from 3/29-4/17 before being placed on the 10- day DL on 4/21 (retro 4/18) with right elbow inflammation, forcing him to miss 32 games... Reinstated from the DL on 5/28 and slashed .258/.328/.460 in his 40 games played leading up to the All-Star break from 5/28-7/15...Hit a pinch-hit grand slam on 6/3 vs. CIN, the 12th pinch-hit slam in SD history…became the seventh player in club history to hit a go-ahead PH slam and first since Archi Cianfrocco in 1995… it was the first go-ahead PH slam in the majors since MIL Jason Rogers off STL Trevor Rosenthal in 2015...Finished August as the NL RBI leader with 27...with Wil Myers tying for the NL RBI lead in July with 23, the duo became the first Padre teammates to lead or tie for the most RBI in the NL in consecutive calendar months since Chase Headley did so in 2012 in Aug (31 RBI) and Sept (30 RBI)...In his 27 August games, he slashed .302/.322/.613 with six doubles, nine HR, 27 RBI and 13 runs scored…his 115 at-bats were the most he's had in any month and his .302 average was the highest of any month of his career (min. 30 at-bats)..Hit safely in a then-career-high seven consecutive games from 8/2-9 before setting a new personal hit streak record with 11 consecutive games from 8/23-9/3, slashing .348/.340/.717 with five HR over the stretch...Homered in a career-high four consecutive games from 8/5-9, one of just two Padres to homer in four straight in 2018 (also: Wil Myers, 7/7-10)…also collected two hits in each of those four contests, setting a personal multi-hit game streak record...Hit his fourth career grand slam and second of the season on 8/9 at MIL, accounting for each of the Padres previous four slams…he's the first Friar in franchise history to have such a streak, and the last player in ML to do so was Matt Kemp for LAD from 2008 to 2009...the last Padre to hit multiple grand slams in a season was Derek Norris in 2015... Hit safely in 18 of his 25 games in September (.224 AVG) and hit nine home runs for the second consecutive month, which ranked tied for fourth in the majors... Recorded his fifth career multi HR game on 9/1 vs. COL in SD's 4-2 defeat...Hit .280 (35-for-125) with 12 HR and 32 RBI in 36 day games compared to a .234 clip (65-for-278) with 14 HR and 36 RBI in 81 night games...Hit .303 (43-for-142) from the seventh inning on compared to a .218 clip (57-for-261) in innings 1-6. • Hit .467 (7-for-15) in the pinch in 2018 with one double, three HR, nine RBI and two walks, the highest average in the majors (min. 15 plate app). • Went 4-for-10 in extra-inning action.
Made his first career Opening Day roster and spent the majority of his season with SD, appearing in 122 games and making 117 starts, all in right field... Set the Padres single-season rookie home run record with 26 long balls... His 26 home runs ranked second on the team and tied for second among all NL rookies...among NL rookie leaders, he also ranked fourth in doubles (25) and total bases (208), fifth in at-bats (445) and RBI (58), sixth in hits (103) and seventh in runs scored (51), multi-hit games (25) and games played (122)... His nine outfield assists led all NL rookies, tied for fourth among all NL players and tied for 11th in the majors... Recorded a career-high-tying six-game hitting streak from 4/21-26 (also, 9/27-10/2/16)... Homered in consecutive games four times during the season (5/14-15, 6/4-6, 6/14-16 and 9/27-28)... Recorded eight walks in seven games from 5/11-17…prior to the seven-game span, he had recorded just five walks through his first 45 MLB games... Hit a go-ahead grand slam on 5/29 vs. CHC in SD's 5-2 victory on Memorial Day...it was his second career grand slam, joining Melvin Nieves (1995) as the only two players in Padres history to have grand slams as a rookie (ELIAS)...his other grand slam came on 9/27/16 vs. LAD as part of his two-home run, seven-RBI game... Optioned to El Paso (AAA) on 8/19 and responded with back-toback Pacific Coast League Player of the Week awards for the weeks of 8/27 and 9/4…became just the third PCL player to win back-to-back weekly awards since 2009 and first since teammate Austin Hedges in 2016... In 14 games for the Chihuahuas he hit .509 (28-for-55) with seven doubles, a triple, four home runs, 18 RBI and 18 runs scored….in the postseason, he hit safely in six of eight games but the Chihuahuas fell one game shy of capturing back-to-back PCL titles... Recalled from El Paso to San Diego on 9/18... On 9/20 vs. ARI, became the only rookie in the majors in 2017 and the first Padres rookie to ever hit three home runs in a game…he was the first Padre to ever hit three homers in a game at Petco Park and it was the seventh time a Padre has ever accomplished the feat (last: Phil Nevin, 10/6/01)... Nominated by the Padres for the 2017 Roberto Clemente Award, the most prominent award given to the player who best represents Major League Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions on and off the field.
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A El Paso and was named Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League before making his Major League debut with the Padres...Got his first taste of the Majors, receiving his first career call-up on 9/21 and hit .371 (13-for-35) with three doubles, four homers and 14 RBI in 11 games before the end of the regular season...Earned National League Player of the Week honors during the final week of the season, hitting .409 (9-for-22) with an NL-best 13 RBI during that week...In just his sixth Major League game on 9/27 vs. the Dodgers at Petco Park, he hit two home runs and drove in seven runs total…per ELIAS, since 1920, only two other players have driven in as many as seven runs in a single game within their first 20 games in the Major Leagues, including J.R. Towles for Houston in 2007 (eight RBI in his sixth game) and Jarrett Parker for San Francisco (seven RBI in his 14th game)...The next day on 9/28 vs. Los Angeles he hit a home run and drove in four, becoming the first rookie to hit at least three home runs and 11 RBI over a two-game span since Fred Lynn did so in 1975, per ELIAS, the year Lynn became the first ever to win an MVP and Rookie of the Year award in the same season...His seven RBI game was just one shy of the Padres team record for most RBI in a single game, with eight by Ken Caminiti on 9/19/95 and eight by Nate Colbert on 8/1/72...His seven RBI were the most ever in a single game by a Padres rookie, breaking the previous record of six by Ryan Schimpf set earlier in the season on 8/12 at New York-NL...Made his Major League debut with a pinch-hit appearance on 9/21 vs. Arizona, drawing an international walk in his first career plate appearance...Received his first career start the next day on 9/22 vs. San Francisco, playing right field and going 2-for-4...Hit his first career home run on 9/24 vs. San Francisco off of Madison Bumgarner...Selected to the U.S. Roster in the 2016 Futures Game played at Petco Park, starting the game for the U.S. in right field, batting cleanup and going 0-for-2 with a walk... After spending the majority of the season with Triple-A El Paso where he helped the Chihuahuas win their first ever Pacific Coast League title, he was also named the 2016 PCL Most Valuable Player, hitting .306 (163-for-533) with 34 doubles, five triples, 30 home runs, 105 RBI and 95 runs scored in 133 games, ranking tied for the PCL lead in homers...Renfroe was also honored with PCL mid-season and post-season All-Star selections...In the first half of the season with El Paso he hit .335 (119-for-355) with 27 doubles, four triples, 21 home runs, 76 RBI and 68 runs scored in 84 games before hitting .247 (44-for-178) with seven doubles, one triple, nine homers, 29 RBI and 27 runs over his final 49 games in the second half for the Chihuahuas.