WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Nationals infielder Anthony Rendon has emerged as one of the best young hitters in Major League Baseball, early this season, and teammate Kevin Frandsen calls him “the best young guy we have.” Even better than Bryce Harper.
Rendon, 23, has been on an absolute tear all season, hitting .292 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 5 home runs and 23 RBI for an .846 OPS. He’s been even more impressive these last five games, though, in which he’s hitting .478 with 11 hits, 4 doubles, 1 home run and 5 RBI, equaling a sky-high 1.261 OPS.
Veteran teammate Kevin Frandsen, in his first season with the Nationals, was asked by the Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, of all the players on the team, who’s impressed him the most.
“Rendon,” Frandsen said. “Without a doubt.”
“He is as impressive as any young player; in all honesty, he’s the best young guy we have. By far,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anyone in the same sentence as him, as far as young guys.”
“So that’s over Bryce?” Eric Bickel asked.
“Are you including Bryce there?” Jason Bishop asked.
“Absolutely,” Frandsen said. “I would say that, because, this is a personal opinion, and watching it, and Tony, ah man, that is one of the coolest swings I’ve seen. And especially for, what is he, 23, 24-years-old?
“To be that consistent, to stay inside the baseball as consistently as he can, and to have that much pop. I don’t know how much the outside knows, but he hits balls farther than most people on the team. But he is so good, as far as staying inside and staying within himself, that just impresses me.
“And then moving from second to third, third back to second, second back to third, unbelievable. And his attitude, whether it’s a four-hit game, or 0-for-4, which rarely happens, it’s the same; it’s consistent; it’s just someone that you just enjoy watching all the time.”
Rendon has extraordinary bat speed, one of the reasons for his tremendous success in 2014.
Frandsen has taken notice of those quick hands as well, which he would classify as elite.
“Okay, so, I was fortunate enough, in ’06 and ’07, to play with [Barry] Bonds, and I grew up obviously watching him,” Frandsen said. “Tony is not in that league. No one’s in that league. But, those are some of the quickest hands I’ve seen and played with since Bonds. Based off the fact that he is always in the same slot, he’s always hitting out of the same spot every time, and it’s so quick — it’s just like boom – it’s so relaxed, so relaxed, and then it’s all hell breaks loose on that baseball. And it’s pretty cool.”