Anthony Rendon: Who Will Be #1?

In a few short weeks, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be making the first selection in the 2011 MLB Draft. Being that this draft is being viewed by many in the baseball world as one of the deepest in recent memory. Since the Pirates can go in numerous different directions, the next week or so will feature posts profiling the different prospects the Buccos may select. This one is dedicated to Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon.

Anthony Rendon

Height/Weight/Age: 5’11″/190/20

Position: Third Base

School: Rice University

Scouting Report:

For being such a small player, Rendon packs a lot of punch. In 2010, he hit .394  with 26 HR and 85 RBI. In both 2010 and 2011 he has had an OPS of over 1.000. Has tremendous patience, as he has drawn 76 walks in 56 games in 2011.  Was unanimous selection to be top pick in 2011 before ankle injury in international play in late 2010. Tremendous fielder who has great range, and good arm.

Why the Pirates will select him.

Offense– There is no question the Pirates could use a player like Rendon in their lineup. He is a gifted hitter with power that would compliment the speed of McCutchen and Tabata, with a better ability to hit for average than Pedro Alvarez.

Major league readiness– The fact that he will be 21 by draft day, coupled with his advanced skills, Rendon will be up here sooner than later.

Move Pedro Alvarez to first base– Drafting Rendon will make sure there will be a capable player at the hot corner when the time comes for Alvarez’s inevitable move to first base.

Why the Pirates won’t select him.

 Scott Boras– Rendon has hired notorious agen Scott Boras to represent him. He and the Pirates aren’t on good terms after the Pedro Alvarez signing saga in 2008. There is a chance the team will want to avoid the chance of another soap opera when trying to sign Rendon.

Health– This pick would have been a no brainer before he shattered his ankle playing for team USA late last summer. There are still reports of him not being 100%. The Pirates will need to take a long look at his long health before going all-in.

Is he for real?– Certainly his 2010 season was eye-opening, however, he has seen a lot of regression in 2011. After 26 home runs last season, he only has five this year. In his defense, teams have begun pitching around him like Barry Bonds, resulting in a ridiculously high number of walks.

Final Verdict

The case for Anthony Rendon is certainly a curious one. He is the best all around offensive player in the draft. Unfortunately, there is also a tremendous amount of risk that goes into selecting him, as nothing will be guaranteed. Something tells me the Pirates will be looking for more of a sure bet with the money that will be at stake.

Stay tuned for my next post on UCLA pitcher Garrett Cole.


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About suhlmann12
journalism student at Ohio University. Huge fan of Pittsburgh sports teams

One Response to Anthony Rendon: Who Will Be #1?

  1. BuccoFan_4Life says:

    If the draft were up to me, I would select Anthony Rendon because of his power potential – His glove is just a bonus – But something tells me that they will draft pitcher Danny Hultzen of UVa

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