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January 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

David Renfroe retiring from baseball

Red Sox prospect David Renfroe is retiring from baseball at the age of 23, according to Salem Red Sox broadcaster Evan Lepler. Renfroe reached as high as 15 on the SoxProspects.com rankings in late 2009.

Renfroe, drafted in the third round of the 2009 amateur draft, was a prized two-way, multi-sport athlete who was signed away from a commitment to the University of Mississippi with a $1.4-million bonus. Deciding to be an everyday player as a professional, Renfroe made his debut in 2010 with the Short-Season A Lowell Spinners, transitioning to third base after being a shortstop his entire high school career. In his debut season, the right-handed hitting Renfroe hit just .190/.267/.260 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 58 games.

The majority of the next two seasons, Renfroe was a member of the Low-A Greenville Drive, hitting .256/.330/.417 with 10 home runs and 64 RBI during his best season as a professional in 2012. Renfroe spent the end of 2012 and part of the 2013 season with Salem, before heading down to Fort Myers mid-season to begin a conversion to pitching. He continued this conversion during the Fall Instructional League this offseason, but it appears that did not work out.

Photo Credit: David Renfroe by Kelly O'Connor.