Rendon claims 3B on Sporting News NL All-Star Team
WASHINGTON -- In his first full season in the big leagues, Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon has been named by Sporting News as the top third baseman in the National League
Rendon posted a triple slash of .287/.351/.473 with 21 home runs, 17 stolen bases in 20 attempts and 111 runs scored, tops in the National League. Rendon’s 6.5 bWAR was second-highest among all NL position players, trailing only Milwaukee Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Rendon collected 290 total bases as well, third-best in the league behind Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton and reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen.
Rendon’s terrific year came rather quietly, as he did not lead the Nats in batting average, on-base percentage, stolen bases, home runs or RBI. But he finished in the top three on the team in every major offensive category, while playing an excellent third base, worth a team-high 2.0 dWAR but somehow not good enough to get him nominated for a Gold Glove at the position.
The Nationals’ third baseman will no doubt garner some MVP consideration as well. No Nationals players has ever finished higher than sixth, an honor shared by Alfonso Soriano (2006) and Adam LaRoche (2012).