We conclude our countdown today with junior third baseman Anthony Rendon from Rice. He is from Houston TX and attended Lamar High School. His senior season saw him hit .570 with eight homers, 17 doubles, 56 RBI, 56 runs scored and 13 steals. He picked up several honors including First team 5A all-state shortstop, All-Greater Houston selection by the Houston Chronicle, and a starter in the Texas high school all-star game. He was also named all-state as a junior when he led the Houston area with 14 homers.
Rendon stepped right into the Rice program starting all 61 games last season with a .388 average while hitting 20 homers and 72 RBI. He also picked up nine steals in 12 attempts. His .388 batting average, .702 slugging percentage, and 20 homers all lead Conference-USA last season. He was the first freshman in Conference USA to ever win Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year awards. He picked up several national awards including being named Second Team All-American by Baseball America and NCBWA, 2009 National Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball, and a member of the 2009 NCBWA Freshman All-American team.
During the 2009 Super Regionals against LSU, he suffered a major ankle injury which didn’t allow him to play in the summer. Rendon would come out and have one of the best seasons in college baseball history in 2010 as he hit .394 with 26 homers while driving in 85 runs. He was named the consensus player of the year in 2010 by picking up the Dick Howser Award and Baseball America’s Player of the Year Award.
Rendon suffered his second major ankle injury during the first game of International play with the USA Collegiate National Team which ended his summer early. He is expected to be back 100 percent for the 2011 season according to multiple sources.