Scouting Prospect #56: Anthony Rendon

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #56 from that list, Anthony Rendon.

Name: Anthony Rendon
Position: 3B
Team: Washington Nationals
Height: 6 feet
Weight: 190
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Team USA

Physical Description

Rendon is not built like your prototypical slugger. He has an average size natural frame and is around 6 feet tall at best. But, he's a good athlete and built strongly up and down. He conditions well and figures to maintain this physique over the course of his career.

Hitting

The approach from Rendon is just fantastic. He let's the ball travel very deep and uses his hands extremely well. His front shoulder stays closed extra long and some of his best power is to the middle of the diamond. He doesn't expand the zone all that often and because of that he's a likely perennial .300 hitter at the big league level.

Power

Don't let his average frame fool you. Rendon possesses light tower power and he's proven that it translates seamlessly with wood bats. He will just as easily drive the ball out to right center as he will to his pull side, and it's hitters like this that have the best shot at being 35 home run type threats. There's great natural lift in Rendon's swing and he still manages to keep his swing very short and quick.

Speed

For the long haul Rendon is about an average runner at the big league level if he isn't hampered by his multiple ankle injuries down the road. His first step is good and he gets solid reads on the base paths.

Fielding

Scouts didn't get to see Rendon play the field a whole prior to the draft, but when he's out there he's a very strong glove man. If he's healthy he has the potential to be a 60 fielder with an average arm for the position and a plus arm overall. With the Nationals, second base may have to be an option, and it will be interesting to see if he can handle the position.

Summation

Health is really the only doubt about Rendon's game. His upside is Evan Longoria with perhaps a little less spectacular defensive ability, but maybe more power. This is special hitter, and the type that doesn't come along too often. The power comes with great ease and his feel with the bat is unmatched in that 2011 draft class.

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