Mississippi State junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe has been awarded the Ferriss Trophy, given annually to the top collegiate baseball player in the state of Mississippi and named after former MSU great Boo Ferriss.
Entering his third season with high expectations and plenty of fanfare, Renfroe has delivered and then some. He leads the SEC with 15 home runs on the season and his .691 slugging percentage is tops in the league. Renfroe is batting .362 for the year and has a team-high 51 RBI.
His prowess at the plate has led to 33 walks over the course of the season, some intentional and some not, as well as a team-leading .459 on-base percentage.
Of course, his contribution isn’t solely at the plate. Renfroe’s arm is almost as feared as his bat, given the number of times he’s thrown players out from his spot in right field. Playing the position at Dudy Noble most susceptible to interference from the sun, Renfroe has still worked up a fielding percentage of .952.
With the same speed he uses to chase down fly balls, he’s managed nine stolen bases, tied for tops on the team.
The Bulldogs continue play starting tomorrow in the SEC Tournament against Missouri. I’ll try and catch up with Renfroe soon, and until then, here’s a lengthy profile I wrote on MSU’s star slugger last month.