Oct 4, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon (6) hits a single in the eighth inning against the San Francisco Giants in game two of the 2014 NLDS playoff baseball game at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: H. Darr Beiser-USA TODAY Sports
2. Anthony Rendon
As I said earlier, the sample size in terms of third baseman are very small to choose from. Even wit that being said, Rendon is heading into the 2015 season on a great note after his stellar 2014 season. Last year, Rendon hit .287 with 21 home runs and 84 RBI’s in 153 games. His 111 runs scored were the most by any player in the National League.
As far as the fielding goes, the now 24-year old had some solid numbers at the position last year. He had the most putouts at third base and led all National League third baseman in total zone runs with ten.
The player that the Nationals took with the sixth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft doesn’t get as much accolades as top picks of years past such as Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg, but he still is going to be expected to be one of the key offensive players in 2015 after finishing top five in the MVP vote a year ago. One of the things Rendon showed last season was his ability to hit in clutch moments. He was one of he very few players in that Nats lineup who were able to have success at the plate in the NLDS loss to the eventual World Champion San Francisco Giants (7-for-19 with one RBI).
If we are able to do this list ten years from now and Rendon is able to stay on this path, maybe he could supplant the player that we have at number one. But, for now, he is just behind one of his current teammates who is still one of the faces of the Washington organization.
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