The Tampa Bay Rays recently made a trade with the San Diego Padres that’s generally perceived as a fair swap. The deal sent outfielder Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth to San Diego and outfielder Hunter Renfroe, second base prospect Xavier Edwards, and a player to be named later to Tampa Bay.
But from the Rays’ perspective, the trade epitomizes the organization’s cutthroat, production-grinding ways.
Pham and Renfroe are the headliners of this deal. Sure, maybe Cronenworth and Edwards become fixtures on the teams’ depth charts down the road, but the immediate element of this deal is the veteran outfielders exchanging homes.
Let’s compare Pham and Renfroe’s 2019 offensive outputs.
- Pham: .273/.369/.450 batting line, 21 home runs, 68 RBIs, 90.8 mph average exit velocity, 44.8 percent hard-hit percentage, and 7.9 percent barrel percentage
- Renfroe: .216/.289/.489 batting line, 33 home runs, 64 RBIs, 89.9 mph average exit velocity, 39.4 percent hard-hit percentage, and 12.0 percent barrel percentage
What’s the major distinction between the two? Renfroe’s power.
Renfroe has launched 26-plus home runs in each of the last three seasons. The ball explodes…