Washington Nationals: Top Five Players of 2016 Season

Sep 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) looks on from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 23, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) looks on from the dugout against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
3 of 6
Next
Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

ANTHONY RENDON

.270 AVG, 20 HR, 85 RBI, 110 OPS+, 4.1 WAR, 1.1 DWAR

In his fourth season with the Nationals, Anthony Rendon provided a much needed offensive punch down the stretch and breathtaking defense on the hot corner.

After missing nearly half of 2015 to injury, Rendon picked in this year where he left off in 2014. When the Nats needed him to steal a base, he did 12 times. One of six players to swat over 20 homers, the first time an NL team did that since the 1965 Milwaukee Braves, he smashed 20.

His most productive month came in August. Hitting .324, Rendon slashed 13 doubles and three homers while driving in 20 and posting an OPS of .929. In September, while his bat cooled off, he drove in 23 as he helped secure home field for the NL Divisional Series.

With runners in scoring position, he drove in 66 hitting .294. When Washington needed a hit, he gave it. His 85 RBI seems remarkable for the year considering he had one in April.

A wizard with the glove, Rendon is figured to have saved a career-high 16 runs at third, topping the 11 in 2014. He helped turn 25 double plays and hit into a meager five.

Responsible for moving Ryan Zimmerman over to first, Rendon has turned third base into his own.