5-11/190 | B/T: R/R | Year: Junior | Age at Draft: 21y0m
Filed By: Nick J. Faleris Filed
On: April 17, 2011
Rendon in 140 characters or less:
True five-tool talent;
no apparent holes; potential elite bat and glove; above-average speed, +baserunner; team leader with pure approach.
Rice vs. Texas A&M (Houston, Texas), April 12, 2011 (film)
Rice vs. Houston (Houston, Texas), March 23, 2011 (film)
USC (Houston, Texas), February 25-27, 2011 (film)
Rice vs. Stanford (Houston, Texas), February
18-20, 2011 (film)
USA Collegiate Nati'l Team Trials (Cary, N.C.),
July 8-11, 2011 (in attendance)
NCAA Austin Regional (Austin, Texas) June 4-6, 2010 (film)
Minute Maid College Classic (Houston, Texas), March 5-7, 2010 (in attendance)
at Stanford (Palo Alto, Calif.), February 19-21, 2010 (film)
build with strong wrists/forearms, solid core, lower-body strength. More strength than frame lets on. Good agility,
excellent body control with quick first step.
While much of the focus on Rendon often centers around his bat, he is easily one of the best
defensive infielders in the college game, and could hold down shortstop at the collegiate level if asked. He has a strong
and accurate arm and shows consistent strength and accuracy from a multitude of angles, highlighting his footwork and quick
release. Rendon charges very well, has no difficulty with throwing on the run, and displays a high level of comfort
to both sides. An excellent defender already, he should provide plus defense as a pro, with a chance to grow into a
truly elite defender at the highest level.
Rendon's bat is special. He
generates very good bat speed through a strong core, maintaining and then transferring the force in his swing through his
strong wrists. The top notch bat speed produces loud contact as often as any amateur in the game, and portends an ability
to hit for average and power (despite his unimposing physical appearance) at the next level. What sets Rendon's
offensive prowess from other elite bats is his command of the strikezone and his ability to control the barrel. He has
an uncanny ability to lay off close balls and spoil tough strikes, helping him to eventually find the pitch he needs to do
damage. His approach seldom falters (though he was caught pressing some earlier this year), and there is little question
his game should transition well to the pro ranks.
The story this spring has
been a sore shoulder for the five-tool third baseman, which has kept him in the DH role for most of the season. Perhaps
stemming from the sore shoulder, Rendon's power numbers have fallen off drastically, with his isolated power dropping
from a whopping .407 to a merely impressive .178. Barring troublesome medical reports come draft time, there is little
concern that this will have a long term effect on Rendon's game. Provide the shoulder checks-out, he is easily the top position player in the draft class, arguably the top player overall,
and on par with the likes of Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg in terms of future potential and draft time skill set.
Rendon is the rare five-tool talent with game changing ability in each category (he was clocked at 4.2 seconds home-to-first
a number of times last year, during the USA CNT Trials and twice this spring), and an intricate feel for the game on defense,
in the batters box and on the basepaths. He has a chance to move quickly once he signs and could be a perennial All-Star
at the Major League level.
Projected position: Elite third baseman on 1st division team; perennial all-star candidate