March 7, 2011

Anthony Rendon Update: March 7

The Pirates are drafting Anthony Rendon first overall in June, and they really earned it. Personally I have almost never felt as tired as I did after the 20-0 loss on April 22. And there were 147 more games to go.

I'm not big on scouting reports, but Rendon is half Mike Schmidt, half Jim Thorpe, and half John Lennon, and that's a pretty good draft pick. Because the main purpose of the Internet is fueling hype and putting unnecessary pressure on young people, I decided to start posting updates on Rendon's season every time Pittsburgh's Savior plays.

March 4: #15 Rice 8, Kentucky 7
In the first game of a tournament at Houston's Minute Maid Park, Rendon went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He started at designated hitter but moved to first base for the final two innings where he flawlessly handled two chances. It was Rendon's first action in the field; he had been the DH so far this season because of a shoulder injury.

March 5: #15 Rice 1, #9 Texas A&M 0
Nothing doing here, as Rendon was the DH, went 0-for-2, and failed to score or drive in a run. Texas righthander Michael Wacha hit Rendon with a pitch in his first two times at bat.

March 6: Baylor 12, #15 Rice 8
Rendon started at DH again in the final game of the weekend. He went 2-for-4 with a strikeout, a double, and most importantly his third home run of the year. He could have done more damage but was intentionally walked twice. Rendon moved to first base for the tenth inning, flawlessly handling one chance, but the Owls lost on a walk-off grand slam.

Weekend Statistics
3 games, 5-11, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K

Season Statistics
13 games, .435/.574/.761, 15 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 13 BB, 5 K

Next Games
Tuesday, home vs. Sam Houston State
Wednesday, home vs. Florida International

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