The Cincinnati Reds announced that they have released outfielder Hunter Renfroe. Earlier this week the club designated him for assignment. Renfore went unclaimed on waivers and was given his release by the Reds.
Cincinnati picked up Hunter Renfroe on waivers on August 31st from the Los Angeles Angels. He had been hitting for power in the American League West – where most parks are pitcher friendly – but wasn’t hitting for much average or getting on base. The Reds likely figured that he would see an uptick in power coming to Great American Ball Park.
That is not what happened. Not only did Renfroe not hit for power – he had just one extra-base hit in 44 plate appearances (a home run) – he also did not hit or get on base. In just under three weeks in the organization, Renfroe played in 14 games. He would start in nine of those games and come off of the bench in the others. The outfielder picked up five hits to go along with five walks during his time with the Reds. That was good for a .128 batting average, a .227 on-base percentage, and a .205 slugging percentage for those of you who didn’t want to look it up yourselves (that’s why you’re here, right?).
From the Reds perspective it made sense to give it a shot and see what happened. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and this is one of those cases. The club cut bait on the move after two-and-a-half weeks. Perhaps if this had happened earlier in the season the Cincinnati front office would have been willing to give him more time to see if he could come out of his slump. The Reds, though, only had two weeks left in the season and there was basically no wiggle room in that time for any underperformance as the team chases down a playoff spot.