University of California, Berkeley second baseman Tony Renda posted a .342/.436/.484 line with 16 doubles, 5 HRs, 29 BB and 18 Ks in 54 games and 219 at bats in his junior year in college before the Washington Nationals selected him 80th overall in the 2nd Round of the 2012 Draft.
"In our opinion," Nats' assistant GM and VP of Scouting Operations Kris Kline said at the time, "Tony has the quickest bat in the draft. He has always hit. He brings controlled aggression and a strong, compact swing. He has tremendous makeup and is a great kid."
Renda signed a day after he was selected that June and started his professional career with the Auburn Doubledays in the New York/Penn League where the then-21-year-old right-hand hitting infielder and put up a .264/.341/.295 line in 71 games and 334 PAs over which he hit nine doubles, walked 31 times and struck out 33 times.
In his first full season in the Nationals' system in 2013, Renda posted a .294/.380/.405 line with 43 doubles, three triples, three home runs, 30 stolen bases, 68 walks and 65 Ks in 135 games and 606 PAs with the Low-A Hagerstown Suns.
Renda was named the first recipient of the organization's Bob Boone Award that September.
In 2014, the 5'8'' infielder spent the year with the High-A Potomac Nationals, putting up a .307/.381/.377 line with 21 doubles, four triples, 19 SB, 43 walks and 59 Ks in 107 games and 472 PAs.
The Nationals sent Renda to the Arizona Fall League this year, where the now-23-year-old infielder has put up a .205/.234/.295 line with two doubles and a triple in 12 games.
Mesa Solar Sox' coach Patrick Anderson, who managed the Hagerstown Suns, told MASNSports.com's Byron Kerr last week that Renda is getting BABIP'd out in Arizona:
"'He's looking great. He's hit so many balls right on the nose right at people, I feel so bad for him. We all laugh. How many balls can you hit so hard right at somebody and have nothing to show for it like ever?'"
This afternoon, Renda was named as the Nats' sole representative for the Fall Stars Game, which takes place on November 1st: