Renfroe settling into professional career

In his first start for the Eugene Emeralds, Hunter Renfroe is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first run of the night against Everett at PK Park in Eugene, Ore., Thursday July 11, 2013. (AP/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

In his first start for the Eugene Emeralds, Hunter Renfroe is congratulated by teammates after scoring the first run of the night against Everett at PK Park in Eugene, Ore., Thursday July 11, 2013. (AP/The Register-Guard, Chris Pietsch)

Five games in Single A is not an adequate sample size but Hunter Renfroe’s first five games as a professional have yielded some positive results.

The former Mississippi State slugger is hitting .400 with the Single-A Eugene Emeralds with two home runs and three RBIs. He has an early slugging percentage of .750 and an OPS of 1.205. He reached base three times in his debut July 11, a 6-3 Eugene win over Everette.

“I thought I did all right, a little rusty,” Renfroe told the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene, Oregon. “I had about a week and a half off (after the College World Series) and then came back and had batting practice for three days and did what I had to do,” he said. “I don’t really get too nervous in games anymore. I kind of settled down after my freshman year, so it wasn’t too nerve-wracking.”

He slugged his first home run on July 13, a two-run shot to straight away center in an 8-0 win over Everette. His second came July 15 in the first inning of a loss to Salem-Keizer.

Renfroe was taken with the No. 13 overall pick in June’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the San Diego Padres.