I said Renda, not Rendon.
After drafting prep right-hander Lucas Giolito in the first round on Monday night, the Nationals selected Cal second baseman Tony Renda today in the second round with the 80th-overall choice.
With a solid group of pitching and outfield prospects, it was good to see Mike Rizzo and company address the infield.
It’s easy to compare Renda to current Nationals second baseman/outfielder/everything else Steve Lombardozzi, as both have small frames and put the ball in play. Though Lombardozzi is a better player defensively, Renda has the range and arm strength to develop into a reliable defensive option.
On Twitter, Nationals Scouting Director Kris Kline described Renda as “the fastest bat in the draft.” A .342 hitter this season at Cal, Renda certainly backs up that compliment with his production. Renda also contributed 5 home runs and 16 stolen-bases as well as a .436-on-base-percentage. Renda was also named a third-team All America this year, which, combined with his bat speed and stats, makes him a very promising offensive prospect and a very solid pick.