2012 Draft Scouting Report: Tony Renda

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of an amateur career. As part of our 2012 draft coverage here at Scout.com, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at college infielder, Tony Renda.

Name: Tony Renda
Position: Second Base
School: University of California
Height: 5-foot-8
Weight: 173
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Spring Season


Physical Description

The obvious physical comparison floating around the scouting community for Renda has been Dustin Pedroia. It is not far off. He is distinctly lacking in size, but does have a strong frame and is an excellent athlete.

Hitting

The hit tool is what has really kept Renda on the radar this spring. He profiles as a good line drive hitter at the next level, and is especially polished when it comes to hitting the ball up the middle and to the opposite field. He keeps his swing compact and he shows above average bat speed.

Power

Renda shows decent lift and raw power, but generally speaking the home run ball will not be a prominent part of his game at the professional level. His ceiling is that of 10-15 home run type bat annually. He does, however, have the life in his bat to drive the ball to the gaps relatively consistently.

Fielding

There are limitations to Renda's defensive game. His arm limits him to second base, but his movements around the bag and his consistency have come a long way this spring. Given those improvements, he has the look of a high quality defensive second baseman at the professional level.

Speed

Renda is an outstanding base runner, showing the good instincts that seem to help him in every aspect of his game. However, he is not blessed with true plus speed. He flashes just a hair better than average wheels at times, but for the most part looks like an average runner.

Summation

Tony Renda will go off the board in the top couple rounds because of his polished hit tool, quality makeup, and feel for the game. He does not offer huge upside, but his bat shows more than enough polish to lead evaluators to believe that he can be a big league regular.

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