Nobody with the Pirates wants to say it, but obviously Anthony Rendon will be the first overall pick in June. My latest scouting reports say that he's half Honus Wagner, half Bobby Orr, and half Mohandas Gandhi, and that's not a bad draft pick.
Rendon is a third baseman but he's mostly DHed this year due to injury. In order to further the goal of fueling hype and putting unnecessary pressure on young people, here's today's update on his season.
March 8: Sam Houston State 7, Rice 0
Starting again at DH, Rendon walked in the first and was stranded. He struck out twice and flied out once the rest of the way for an 0-for-3 day. It was a bad day for the powerhouse Rice team too. Playing as an unranked team for the first time, they never were in this game and fell to 8-6 on the seaosn.
March 9: Rice 10, Florida International 2
Apparently football is not the only FIU Golden Panthers program which exists only to lose non-conference games over 1,000 miles from home. Couldn't this be a two game series once we've flown from Miami to Houston? Anyway, with the Owls already leading 4-0, Rendon cracked a bases loaded triple. He scored on the play but was not credited with an inside the park home run as the scorer charged FIU shortstop Garrett Wittels with an error instead. Rendon finished 1-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and three RBI.
2 games, 1-6, 1 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K
15 games, .404/.557/.731, 17 R, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 16 BB, 7 K
Cal Tournament at AT&T Park San Francisco
Friday, vs. Long Beach State, 2 p.m. EST
Saturday, vs. Cal, 10 p.m. EST
Sunday, vs. UC Santa Barbara, 3:30 p.m. EST