Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Washington Nationals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Simply put, Rendon is a beast. Last year marked the second consecutive season in which he was 40% better than the league average, offensively, as he hit 40-plus doubles, 24-plus homers and had 180 runs-plus-RBI yet again. The health issues he had earlier in his career are mostly a thing of the past, but he has still had one thing or another put him on the disabled list for short stints each of the past two seasons. It would be nice if he could get over 30 homers, but not if it comes at the expense of batting average. He piles up the extra-base hits with hard contact and a consistent launch angle, and the data does not show any type of trend that suggests that's changing any time soon. Some variance in his HR/FB rate could lead to a huge year at some point. Rendon should not make it to the fifth round of your draft. If he does, grab him and hold onto him tightly. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $18.8 million contract with the Nationals in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Three extra-base knocks in Game 5
3BWashington Nationals
October 9, 2019
Rendon went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles and three runs scored overall in Wednesday's 7-3 extra-inning win over the Dodgers in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
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Rendon blasted a solo home run in the eighth inning off Clayton Kershaw to pull the Nationals to within 3-2, and Juan Soto followed with a solo homer of his own to tie the game. Rendon also doubled off LA starter Walker Buehler in the sixth and again off reliever Joe Kelly in the 10th.The impending free agent slashed .319/.412/.598 with a career-high 34 homers and a league-leading 126 RBI during the regular season, and he's followed that up by slashing .350/.423/.650 in six postseason games. The Cardinals will have their work cut out for them trying to quiet Rendon's bat in the National League Championship Series.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
103
4
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
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#9
2
34
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+28%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left 1.032 445 81 26 74 4 .311 .416 .616
Since 2017vs Right .929 1403 205 57 244 10 .309 .391 .538
2019vs Left 1.050 171 38 10 26 3 .316 .433 .618
2019vs Right .996 475 79 24 100 2 .320 .404 .592
2018vs Left .931 149 23 7 23 1 .285 .369 .562
2018vs Right .901 448 65 17 69 1 .316 .375 .526
2017vs Left 1.131 125 20 9 25 0 .337 .448 .683
2017vs Right .887 480 61 16 75 7 .292 .392 .495
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+12%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .968 926 154 44 181 8 .311 .396 .572
Since 2017Away .937 922 132 39 137 6 .308 .397 .540
2019Home 1.042 321 63 20 73 1 .317 .411 .631
2019Away .978 325 54 14 53 4 .321 .412 .566
2018Home .874 307 43 10 53 2 .300 .365 .509
2018Away .945 290 45 14 39 0 .316 .383 .563
2017Home .990 298 48 14 55 5 .316 .413 .577
2017Away .884 307 33 11 45 2 .286 .394 .490
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Rendon compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.93
 
BB Rate
12.4%
 
K Rate
13.3%
 
BABIP
.323
 
ISO
.279
 
AVG
.319
 
OBP
.412
 
SLG
.598
 
OPS
1.010
 
wOBA
.428
 
Exit Velocity
90.3 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.7%
 
Barrels/PA
7.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 27-year-old Rendon may be the most underrated player in baseball. He doesn't have insane power -- usually a prerequisite for third basemen in fantasy -- and his injury history continues to haunt him, but Rendon is a special hitter in one of baseball's best lineups. After a slow start, Rendon went off for six hits and 10 RBI on April 30 and never looked back, batting .306/.413/.560 the rest of the way. He finished fourth in the majors in BB/K with a 1.02 mark, behind Joey Votto, Justin Turner and Mike Trout, and 13th in wRC+. Rendon's counting numbers could have been even greater, but Dusty Baker insisted on batting Rendon primarily out of the six hole, with 248 of 508 at-bats coming from the No. 6 spot. New manager Dave Martinez would be wise to bat Rendon higher, but either way, Rendon should get his and earn $15-plus again in 2018.
Rendon rebounded nicely from his miserable, injury-plagued 2015, playing in a career-high 156 games and nearly duplicating his 2014 production. He also had his best defensive season at third base, and seems ready to settle in as a key part of a dangerous Nationals offense. The emergence of Trea Turner and the addition of Adam Eaton lock up the top two spots in the team's batting order, though, likely putting the 111 runs Rendon scored in 2014 out of reach. However, if he hits fifth behind the likes of Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, he should top last year's career-high 85 RBI. His career-high 43.8 percent flyball rate in 2016 could be a sign that he's adding a little more loft to his line-drive swing. Until he proves he can string a couple of full campaigns together, health remains the biggest concern for Rendon, but if he can stay off the DL, the pieces appear to be in place for him to put forth another well-rounded campaign.
The wheels came off the 2015 Nationals in any number of ways, but a spring training knee injury for Rendon was the first indication that things would not go smoothly for the NL East favorites. A minor bump that was expected to be healed by Opening Day became a sprained MCL that kept him out of action for a month, and then an oblique strain suffered during his rehab assignment cost him another. He was never able to find his rhythm at the plate once he returned to the lineup. Rendon still has plenty of upside, and he could easily repeat or even improve upon his 2014 numbers, but the injury-prone label that accompanied him out of college is now firmly back in place. The Nats plan on returning him to third base this season, where he's more comfortable defensively, but considering he was originally hurt last March fielding a groundball at third, there's no guarantee the move will help him stay healthy.
Rendon's first full season in the majors was a resounding success. Not only did he begin to shake off the "injury-prone" label that had dogged him since college by playing in 153 games, he cranked out 21 home runs, swiped 17 bases on 20 attempts and slashed .287/.351/.473 while playing above-average defense at both second and third base and collecting a Silver Slugger Award at the latter position. Now established as one of the more exciting young players in baseball and a franchise cornerstone for the Nationals, the 24-year-old will likely settle in as the club's long-term solution at third base, with Ryan Zimmerman's ongoing shoulder issues forcing a move across the diamond. It's always possible, however, that the Nats could eventually acquire a third baseman and shift him back to the keystone. As ridiculous as it may seem, given Rendon's hit tool, plate discipline and developing power from the right side, Edgar Martinez comparisons aren't entirely out of line. The kid is legit.
As with Bryce Harper before him, the Nationals didn't require much convincing to find a regular spot for Rendon on the major league roster, but the results were far less impressive. He doesn't have Harper's upside (who does?) but at second base Rendon doesn't have to break any records to have fantasy value. That .319/.461/.603 Double-A line last year looks mighty fine, but he's more of a line drive machine than a middle-of-the-order monster and realistically the batting average is the only one of those numbers that might be sustainable in the majors.
After barely playing in his pro debut due to an ankle injury, Rendon tore apart the AFL and cleared up any confusion over who the best position prospect in the Nationals' system was. There is no clear room for him in the majors in the immediate future and for that matter there is still some question over whether his eventual defensive home will be third base, second base or somewhere else, so look for the team to give him a full season at Triple-A unless an injury opens up a spot for him in 2013.
Rendon was the Nationals' top draft choice in 2011 as the sixth pick overall. Coming into the draft he was at the top of many boards, but he fell because of concerns about his ankle and shoulder. Rendon is considered an above average defender at third base with a plus-arm when healthy. He has a terrific batting eye, leading the nation in walks at Rice, and he should be a good on-base threat and power hitter if he can stay healthy. Rendon could be in the majors by 2013 if he can fully recover from his injuries.
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Sitting out finale
3BWashington Nationals
September 29, 2019
Rendon is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians.
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Gets day off
3BWashington Nationals
September 25, 2019
Rendon is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Phillies.
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Walks three times
3BWashington Nationals
September 21, 2019
Rendon went 0-for-3 with three walks, a stolen base and a run scored Saturday against the Marlins.
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Swats 34th homer
3BWashington Nationals
September 17, 2019
Rendon went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.
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Big game against Twins
3BWashington Nationals
September 12, 2019
Rendon went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, a double, three RBI, two runs scored and a pair of walks to help the Nationals to a 12-6 win over the Twins on Thursday.
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