Rendon was our top guy going into the 2011 draft, injured or not. This kind of bat is not common. It might be draftable every five years or so, and it very rarely if ever can play a premium defensive position, let alone play it well. Yeah, Anthony Rendon is a tremendously valuable prospect for the Nationals and should challenge for MVP votes as early as 2014.
When healthy he is a double-plus hit tool player, with plus present power with a chance at a 70 in that category too. He has a plus eye, a plus glove, and a plus arm. His speed is behind the other tools, but it is good enough for 2B if Washington decides to go with him there. If that happens, then the club is looking at an infield of Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Rendon, and Mike Morse with Wilson Ramos behind the dish – every single guy on the dirt has a chance to make the NL All-Star squad.
Rendon signed late, so he has no professional statistics to assess, but we’d be surprised if he doesn’t go straight to Double-A and join Bryce Harper in the middle of the order for Harrisburg in the Eastern League. We don’t see any reason that Rendon can’t force his way into Washington before the 2012 season is over. Because he has such terrific makeup, adapting to professional baseball should be quite easy for him. We expect Rendon to play a decade of excellent professional baseball with a chance to make the All-Star team every single season. Aside from Bryce Harper, he is the top position prospect in the game.
HOUSTON -- Arguably the greatest position player in program history arrived at Reckling Park Thursday afternoon clutching a black bat while wearing a Washington Nationals t-shirt, and former Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon made it difficult to disregard the cruelty of timing.
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The Nationals have agreed to sign free agent right-hander Brad Lidge to a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $1 million plus incentives, the team has announced.
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The surprisingly active Washington Nationals have agreed to terms
with Phillies reliever Brad Lidge on a one-year deal.
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