For a player who was initially getting drafted in the second round last year, Anthon Rendon could slip through the cracks this year. The key word there is "initially." A sprained knee kept pushing back his timetable in spring training, making it increasingly clear he wouldn't be ready for the start of the season, and his stock fell as a result. Turns out not enough. He ended up missing the first two months of the season and then was a shell of himself when he did come back before finally showing some life with a .287 batting average and .781 OPS over his final 39 games. He maintained pretty good plate discipline throughout the ordeal, so it's reasonable to think that at age 25 he can bounce back and be a top-five second or third baseman -- reasonable enough that you shouldn't let him drop too far beyond Round 6.
If you want an example how quickly perception can change for a young player, look no further than Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon. Coming into the 2015 season, he was viewed as one of the brightest young stars in baseball, coming off a .287 average, 21-homer, 111-run season with 17 stolen bases. He was the kind of all-around stud who, then just 24, would be a future Fantasy first-rounder in no time. One injury-plagued year later, and Rendon is going 79th overall in FantasyPros.com's average draft position tracker. Rendon is going 60 spots later in drafts than Mookie Betts, whose 2015 breakout (.291, 18 homers, 21 steals) looks an awful lot like what Rendon did the year before. Betts deserves to go ahead of Rendon for good reason this season, but don't forget about Rendon when looking for your second baseman -- he could be a steal in the sixth round or later if that's where he ends up going.
Rendon and the Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year deal Friday, avoiding arbitration, William Ladson of MLB.com reports. Rendon will return to third base in 2016 after the Nats dealt Yunel Escobar, and he figures to be an everyday player after injuries limited him to only 80 games in 2015.
Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon will return to third base in 2016, The Washington Post reports. He'll have dual second base-third base eligibility in most leagues anyway, but Rendon is a better option defensively at third compared to Yunel Escobar. Injuries have held Rendon to a .278/.360/.380 slash line in 68 games this season, but he's hitting .317/.397/.450 over the last month with four home runs, 16 RBI and 26 runs scored, providing a much better picture of his upside.
Anthony Rendon is starting to heat up after missing most of the year with a variety of injuries, homering for the second straight night and driving in three runs in the Nationals' 9-5 victory over the Brewers on Sunday. Rendon tagged a two-out, three-run homer in the fifth inning of Brewers starter Matt Garza for his third home run of the season. He's now driven in 12 RBIs this season in just 43 games.
Slumping second baseman Anthony Rendon and left fielder Jayson Werth have both been benched by the Nationals for the Friday night game in San Francisco. Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson will assume those positions, respectively. Rendon hasn't produced a multi-hit game since Aug. 2. He is 7-for-38 since then. Werth has just five hits in 42 at-bats this month.