2011 MLB Draft: Nationals Pick Up Rice Star Anthony Rendon

Washington Nationals: Anthony Rendon (3B, Rice University)
     
A 6-0, 190 pound right-handed hitter, Rendon was long projected as the top position player in the 2011 draft, thanks to his power, superior hitting skills, superb plate discipline, and excellent defense at third base. However, he was hampered by shoulder injuries all spring, limiting him to DH most of the time and causing teams to wonder if he can remain at third. Despite playing with a wounded wing, he still hit .332/.522/.531 with 79 walks in 211 at-bats, demonstrating his terrific batting eye as well as the respect college pitchers still show for him.
     Rendon's ETA to the major leagues, and perhaps even his position, will depend on how his shoulder recovers. Reports/rumors are mixed, but it seems that the Mariners (expected to pick him second overall) may have been scared off by his medical reports. If his arm is OK, Rendon has the tools and skills to reach the major leagues very quickly, within two years and perhaps just a single year without further physical setbacks.
     A healthy Rendon projects as an on-base machine with good power and excellent defensive ability at third base. The Nationals may have a steal here.

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