Thursday, June 14, 2012

Round 2: Tony Renda, 2B, California

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Sean's one sentence analysis: Don't let his height (or lack of it) fool you; Renda has average or better tools across the board.

Pre-draft rankings:
#97 in Baseball America top 500
#84 in John Sickels' top 100
#91 in Jonathan Mayo's top 100
#79 in Matt Garrioch's pre-season top 100 (college players only)

Thoughts from the community:
"Scouts love his ability to hit and his grinder mentality...he projects to hit for solid average with power to the gaps. He's not flashy (defensively) and has just modest range, though he makes the plays he's supposed to make and can turn the double play." - Baseball America
"Renda is a favorite of scouts due to his ability to exceed his physical tools." - John Sickels, Minor League Ball, 6/10/12
"Undersized but scrappy, has some pop, draws inevitable Dustin Pedroia comparisons." - Sickels, 6/1/12
"(Renda's) plus bat speed allows him to spray line drives to both gaps. Though undersized, he has more power than one would think, especially to the pull side. He’s a solid-average runner, though his instincts and aggressiveness allow that to play up on the basepaths. Just because he’s a second baseman doesn’t mean he can’t defend. He has a very good arm and range, anticipating and positioning himself well." - Jonathan Mayo,

"In our opinion, Tony has the quickest bat in the draft. He has always hit. He brings controlled aggression and a strong, compact swing. He has tremendous makeup and is a great kid." - Kris Kline (Nationals' scouting director), @NationalsPR (Tweet 1 and Tweet 2), 6/5/12

"Second baseman Tony Renda is an unheralded player but he does offer considerable potential with the bat and could be an under-sized offensive dynamo." - Mark Anderson, Baseball Prospect Nation, 6/11/12
"Best Potential (amongst 2B) – Tony Renda (Washington): Renda is a hitting machine that draws unfair comparisons to Dustin Pedroia. He’s undersized and doesn’t stand out defensively, but his bat is his meal ticket and it’s for real." - Anderson, 6/5/12

"Renda is the kind of guy who constantly 'plays above his tools.' He's not a big guy, but he has solid bat speed and projects average power for a middle infielder at the next level. The all-time hit leader at his California high school, the alma mater of Barry Bonds, Renda has shown he can hit at every level and is an interesting follow as a second baseman." - Coast 2 Coast Prospects Nationals draft review
"Renda is not the toolsiest of middle infielders, but he seems to get the most out of what he has, which will take him a long way. Comparison at the plate: Justin Turner." - Coast 2 Coast Prospects scouting report

Renda was the #79 college prospect on Matt Garrioch's preseason top 100 post on 1/25/2012. Garrioch listed Renda as having a 35 floor and 50 ceiling on in his 2012 MLB Draft Prospects by Region: California post on 5/9/12.

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