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Friday, March 29, 2013

BP Top Prospects: Nationals

Jason Parks        
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Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. 3B Anthony Rendon
  2. RHP Lucas Giolito
  3. OF Brian Goodwin
  4. RHP A.J. Cole
  5. RHP Nate Karns
  6. RHP Christian Garcia
  7. IF Matt Skole
  8. LHP Matt Purke
  9. LHP Sammy Solis
  10. OF Eury Perez

1. Anthony Rendon

Position: IF
DOB: 06/06/1990
Height/Weight: 6’0’’ 195 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1
st round, 2011 draft, Rice University (Houston, TX)
2012 Stats: .364/.500/.1000 at complex-level GCL (5 games); .259/.375/.444 at short-season Auburn (8 games); .333/.438/.630 at High-A Potomac (9 games); .162/.305/.368 at Double-A Harrisburg (21 games)
The Tools: 7 potential hit; 5+ power; 6 glove; 5+ arm

What Happened in 2012: Yet another ankle injured cut into his season, but a healthy Rendon flashed star power with the stick, giving scouts hope that the future is bright.

Strengths: Remarkable hands/hand speed; can get inside any ball; excellent bat control; plus-plus potential hit tool; excellent pitch identity/recognition skills; good hip explosion for bat speed and power potential; arm is strong enough for third; glove can play above average; good actions/pickups.

Weaknesses: Can’t stay on a field; power might be more gap/doubles than over-the-fence; injuries have limited lateral range at third; well below average run.

Overall Future Potential: High 6; first-division/all-star potential

Explanation of Risk: High risk; mature talent, but ankle/shoulder injuries on resume; has yet to play a full season.

Fantasy Future: Has the bat to hit for a high average (.300-plus); excellent on-base potential and good extra-base pop; over-the-fence power might play down because of a more linear, line-drive swing.

The Year Ahead: Assuming Rendon can stay healthy, he has a chance to not only reach the majors, but to have an impact. Several scouts scoffed at the idea of using Rendon at the keystone, especially given his history of ankle injuries and the physical demands of the position. In the end, Rendon’s bat is what will carry him to the next level; he has a preternatural feel for putting the barrel on the ball, and given his secondary skills at the plate, could develop into an impact bat. He has to stay healthy, but if he can string together at-bats and find his rhythm, he could find himself in games that count at some point in the season.

Major league ETA: 2013

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