The Angels have made another trade to bolster their roster this offseason, shipping three pitchers to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for slugging outfielder Hunter Renfroe.
A lifetime .240 hitter, Renfroe, 30, is known mostly for both power at the plate and his rocket of an arm in the outfield. In seven big league seasons, he’s hit at least 25 home runs four times, amassing 157 total in his young career. In the last two seasons, Renfroe leads all major leaguers with 27 outfield assists.
Originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Renfroe made his big league debut in 2016. He spent four seasons with the Friars before he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in a deal that sent Tommy Pham and Jake Cronenworth to San Diego.
He became a free agent following the 2020 season, his lone year in Tampa Bay, when he ended up signing a one year deal with the Boston Red Sox. Renfroe was again traded the next season, winding up in Milwaukee.
OFFICIAL: The Angels today acquired OF Hunter Renfroe from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for RHP Janson Junk, RHP Elvis Peguero and minor league LHP Adam Seminaris. pic.twitter.com/YmVUc2TTS1
Peguero and Junk made their big league debuts in 2021, but have spent minimal time on the Angels active roster. The Halos acquired both via trade in 2021 as part of the deal that sent Andrew Heaney to the Bronx.
In Peguero, the Brewers are receiving a 25-year-old Dominican Republic product with just under 20 MLB innings under his belt. He features a two primary pitches, a plus-slider that had a 30.6% whiff rate last season. His sinker reaches mid-90s.
Contrary to Peguero, who has made all of his appearances out of the bullpen, Junk has six big league starts so far, featuring a 4.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched.
Seminaris, a 24-year-old Pomona native, appeared in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2022, totaling 101.2 innings pitched with a 3.54 ERA, 97 strikeouts, 38 walks and a 1.426 WHIP.
The Halos have been busy this offseason, signing left-handed starter Tyler Anderson to a three-year deal following a career year with the Dodgers before they traded for an everyday third baseman in Gio Urshela, who they acquired from the Minnesota Twins.
source: CBS News