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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Albert Pujols #5, Anthony Rendon #6 , Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels, and David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate defeating the Houston Astros 5-4 in the tenth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 01, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 01: Albert Pujols #5, Anthony Rendon #6 , Matt Thaiss #23 of the Los Angeles Angels, and David Fletcher #22 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrate defeating the Houston Astros 5-4 in the tenth inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 01, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Angels, Anthony Rendon
Anthony Rendon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Anthony Rendon (Last Five Seasons)

  • 2016: 647 PA .270/.348/.450 20 HR 85 RBI
  • 2017: 605 PA .301/.403/.533 25 HR 100 RBI
  • 2018: 597 PA .308/.374/.535 24 HR 92 RBI
  • 2019: 646 PA .319/.412/.598 34 HR 126 RBI
  • 2020: 232 PA .286/.418/.497 9 HR 31 RBI

Not too much to talk about here, one of the surest things going into this year is ‘Tony Two-Bags’ manning the hot corner. Last year Rendon proved that Angels management was wise to double back after missing out on Gerrit Cole and bringing in the best bat on the market instead.

The Angels can expect more of the same consistency from Anthony Rendon this season.

The expectation was to provide Mike Trout with some well-needed protection in the batting order, and Rendon has done just that. Even during his slow start putting the ball into play Rendon showed his trademark patience putting up the highest on-base percentage (.418) of his career. While he had his lowest batting average since 2016, his numbers probably would have been closer to his career average in a full season.

This season Rendon will be precisely what we’ve seen, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger who continues to develop in his prime years. After years of being overshadowed by players like Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rendon give the Angels another MVP.

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