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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013     
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Tony Renda
MIF 3B 5-11 170   R/R

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5/9/12: Whenever Renda’s name is mentioned in scouting circles, Dustin Pedroia’s invariably follows. The two players are cut from essentially the same cloth—right down to their undersized frames, similar ability to play substantially above their modest tools, their extremely-confident demeanors and northern California upbringing. The comparisons hardly end there as the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Renda and 5-foot-8, 165-pound Pedroia were acknowledged as Pacific-10 Conference players of the year as sophomores, and Renda is projected to be drafted in June in essentially the same spot (second round, 65th pick overall) that Pedroia was drafted in 2004 out of Arizona State by the Boston Red Sox. Renda is arguably one of the best pure hitters in the college ranks, and walked right into the starting lineup for Cal as a freshman. He is a career .357-10-102 hitter with 33 stolen bases (through games of May 6) and such a force offensively that he can literally put his team on his back and carry it for extended stretches. Pedroia, who played shortstop throughout his career at ASU before transitioning to second as a pro, also started for the Sun Devils from Day One and was an offensive catalyst in his own right, as well, as a career .383-14-146 hitter, with 17 stolen bases. A gamer like Pedroia in almost every sense of the word, Renda gets the most out of his modest ability with his advanced feel for the game, sound approach to hitting and superior base-running skills and instincts that mask average speed. He doesn’t show raw power on a consistent basis, but scouts say it’s in there and believe he should eventually tap into it to a greater degree as Renda already barrels up most balls and can hit any kind of pitching. Renda hit .332-3-44 a year ago in winning conference player-of-the-year honors and is on an even faster pace at the plate this spring at .376-4-21. He also leads Cal with 11 stolen bases. With his offensive approach and skill-set, he profiles to hit in any of the first three spots in a batting order and has been used extensively as both a leadoff and 3-hole hitter in his college career. His current 20-to-11 walk-to-strikeout ratio is indicative of his superior bat-handling skills, and he may be an ideal No. 2 hitter at the next level—much like Pedroia has been in his big-league career. Renda has always hit, going back to his days at San Mateo’s Serra High, where he set a school career record for most hits—a significant accomplishment considering that school has produced 10 big-leaguers through the years, including the likes of Barry Bonds, Gregg Jefferies and Jim Fregosi. Though limited in the field to second base, Renda has worked hard to become an adequate defender and can generally make all the plays around the bag, though lacks the desired range and arm strength for the position. A fearless player, Renda is one of those rare players who possesses that intangible of being able to make everyone around him play a little better.




Jul 10, 2007 - Jul 16, 2007   South Bergen Mets 2  2
East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Tony Renda
MIF 3B 5-11 170   R/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
Pop
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance