Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon
30-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Los Angeles Angels
10-Day IL
Injury Knee
Est. Return 5/14/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Rendon's first season with the Angels got off to a tepid start; he missed the first four games of the campaign with an oblique issue, then proceeded to go 4-for-49 through his first 12 contests. The veteran subsequently turned things around, however, posting a 1.008 OPS the rest of the way and finishing with a .286/.418/.497 slash line. While Rendon's .212 ISO and 6.3% barrel rate were each his lowest since 2016, he nonetheless trailed only Mike Trout for the team lead in both home runs (nine) and RBI (31) with more than half of the homers coming during a torrid six-game stretch in mid-August. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old notched a career-best 16.4 BB% and finished third in the majors with a 1.23 BB/K. Rendon may have hit his statistical peak in his MVP-caliber 2019 campaign, but he'll have ample opportunity for run production batting behind Trout and remains one of the most reliable bats in the game. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#39
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$Signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with the Angels in December of 2019.
Could return this weekend
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 11, 2021
Rendon (knee) said there's a chance he could be activated from the injured list during the Angels' three-game series at Boston this weekend, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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The 30-year-old resumed light baseball activities Monday, so it's a bit of a surprise to hear a return this weekend is a realistic possibility. Rendon did some jogging Tuesday and had no issues while fielding grounders and taking swings Monday. He'll likely need to ramp up his progression over the next few days to have a chance of playing against the Red Sox.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+50%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+8%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .996 256 50 15 40 3 .288 .410 .585
Since 2019vs Right .965 674 104 31 128 2 .313 .407 .558
2021vs Left .592 17 1 1 2 0 .143 .235 .357
2021vs Right .888 49 8 2 9 0 .318 .388 .500
2020vs Left .961 68 11 4 12 0 .255 .397 .564
2020vs Right .887 150 17 5 19 0 .287 .420 .467
2019vs Left 1.050 171 38 10 26 3 .316 .433 .618
2019vs Right .996 475 79 24 100 2 .320 .404 .592
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+19%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+34%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home 1.023 478 86 29 97 1 .303 .412 .611
Since 2019Away .923 466 69 17 71 4 .313 .406 .518
2021Home .727 26 5 1 2 0 .238 .346 .381
2021Away .864 40 4 2 9 0 .297 .350 .514
2020Home 1.033 131 18 8 22 0 .279 .427 .606
2020Away .771 101 11 1 9 0 .294 .406 .365
2019Home 1.042 321 63 20 73 1 .317 .411 .631
2019Away .978 325 54 14 53 4 .321 .412 .566
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Stat Review
How does Anthony Rendon compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.64
 
BB Rate
10.6%
 
K Rate
16.7%
 
BABIP
.289
 
ISO
.190
 
AVG
.276
 
OBP
.348
 
SLG
.466
 
OPS
.814
 
wOBA
.355
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
33.3%
 
Barrels/PA
9.1%
 
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The secret is out: Rendon is really good at baseball. It took some luck and a national stage in the playoffs, but the cat is out of the bag. His career year netted him a seven-year, $245 million deal with the Angels. Rendon's skills were just a tick better than usual, but enough to elevate him to an elite level. A few extra flyballs and the ideal average flyball distance to take maximum advantage of the added 5-to-10 feet of travel combined to yield 34 homers, Rendon's first visit north of 30. His AVG increased for the fourth year in a row, helping Rendon smash his previous personal best in runs and RBI. Following a season of this nature, gravity usually takes hold, dragging production down a tad. Even so, Rendon has established a high, bankable floor, worthy of a high pick or healthy bid. World Series helium will raise the price. Pay for the reliability and stability, but don't pay for last year's stats.
Simply put, Rendon is a beast. Last year marked the second consecutive season in which he was 40% better than the league average, offensively, as he hit 40-plus doubles, 24-plus homers and had 180 runs-plus-RBI yet again. The health issues he had earlier in his career are mostly a thing of the past, but he has still had one thing or another put him on the disabled list for short stints each of the past two seasons. It would be nice if he could get over 30 homers, but not if it comes at the expense of batting average. He piles up the extra-base hits with hard contact and a consistent launch angle, and the data does not show any type of trend that suggests that's changing any time soon. Some variance in his HR/FB rate could lead to a huge year at some point. Rendon should not make it to the fifth round of your draft. If he does, grab him and hold onto him tightly.
The 27-year-old Rendon may be the most underrated player in baseball. He doesn't have insane power -- usually a prerequisite for third basemen in fantasy -- and his injury history continues to haunt him, but Rendon is a special hitter in one of baseball's best lineups. After a slow start, Rendon went off for six hits and 10 RBI on April 30 and never looked back, batting .306/.413/.560 the rest of the way. He finished fourth in the majors in BB/K with a 1.02 mark, behind Joey Votto, Justin Turner and Mike Trout, and 13th in wRC+. Rendon's counting numbers could have been even greater, but Dusty Baker insisted on batting Rendon primarily out of the six hole, with 248 of 508 at-bats coming from the No. 6 spot. New manager Dave Martinez would be wise to bat Rendon higher, but either way, Rendon should get his and earn $15-plus again in 2018.
Rendon rebounded nicely from his miserable, injury-plagued 2015, playing in a career-high 156 games and nearly duplicating his 2014 production. He also had his best defensive season at third base, and seems ready to settle in as a key part of a dangerous Nationals offense. The emergence of Trea Turner and the addition of Adam Eaton lock up the top two spots in the team's batting order, though, likely putting the 111 runs Rendon scored in 2014 out of reach. However, if he hits fifth behind the likes of Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy, he should top last year's career-high 85 RBI. His career-high 43.8 percent flyball rate in 2016 could be a sign that he's adding a little more loft to his line-drive swing. Until he proves he can string a couple of full campaigns together, health remains the biggest concern for Rendon, but if he can stay off the DL, the pieces appear to be in place for him to put forth another well-rounded campaign.
The wheels came off the 2015 Nationals in any number of ways, but a spring training knee injury for Rendon was the first indication that things would not go smoothly for the NL East favorites. A minor bump that was expected to be healed by Opening Day became a sprained MCL that kept him out of action for a month, and then an oblique strain suffered during his rehab assignment cost him another. He was never able to find his rhythm at the plate once he returned to the lineup. Rendon still has plenty of upside, and he could easily repeat or even improve upon his 2014 numbers, but the injury-prone label that accompanied him out of college is now firmly back in place. The Nats plan on returning him to third base this season, where he's more comfortable defensively, but considering he was originally hurt last March fielding a groundball at third, there's no guarantee the move will help him stay healthy.
Rendon's first full season in the majors was a resounding success. Not only did he begin to shake off the "injury-prone" label that had dogged him since college by playing in 153 games, he cranked out 21 home runs, swiped 17 bases on 20 attempts and slashed .287/.351/.473 while playing above-average defense at both second and third base and collecting a Silver Slugger Award at the latter position. Now established as one of the more exciting young players in baseball and a franchise cornerstone for the Nationals, the 24-year-old will likely settle in as the club's long-term solution at third base, with Ryan Zimmerman's ongoing shoulder issues forcing a move across the diamond. It's always possible, however, that the Nats could eventually acquire a third baseman and shift him back to the keystone. As ridiculous as it may seem, given Rendon's hit tool, plate discipline and developing power from the right side, Edgar Martinez comparisons aren't entirely out of line. The kid is legit.
As with Bryce Harper before him, the Nationals didn't require much convincing to find a regular spot for Rendon on the major league roster, but the results were far less impressive. He doesn't have Harper's upside (who does?) but at second base Rendon doesn't have to break any records to have fantasy value. That .319/.461/.603 Double-A line last year looks mighty fine, but he's more of a line drive machine than a middle-of-the-order monster and realistically the batting average is the only one of those numbers that might be sustainable in the majors.
After barely playing in his pro debut due to an ankle injury, Rendon tore apart the AFL and cleared up any confusion over who the best position prospect in the Nationals' system was. There is no clear room for him in the majors in the immediate future and for that matter there is still some question over whether his eventual defensive home will be third base, second base or somewhere else, so look for the team to give him a full season at Triple-A unless an injury opens up a spot for him in 2013.
Rendon was the Nationals' top draft choice in 2011 as the sixth pick overall. Coming into the draft he was at the top of many boards, but he fell because of concerns about his ankle and shoulder. Rendon is considered an above average defender at third base with a plus-arm when healthy. He has a terrific batting eye, leading the nation in walks at Rice, and he should be a good on-base threat and power hitter if he can stay healthy. Rendon could be in the majors by 2013 if he can fully recover from his injuries.
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Resumes light activities
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 10, 2021
Rendon (knee) has resumed light baseball activities, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Minimum IL stay possible
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 8, 2021
Manager Joe Maddon said it's "not out of the question" Rendon (knee) is activated from the injured list when first eligible Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Lands on injured list
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 5, 2021
Rendon (knee) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out Tuesday
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 4, 2021
Rendon (knee) is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Rays.
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X-rays negative on knee
3BLos Angeles Angels
Knee
May 4, 2021
Rendon was diagnosed with a contusion after X-rays on his injured left knee returned negative following Monday's 7-3 loss to the Rays, Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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