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Washington Nationals 2015 Season Preview Q&A: Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond + more

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We try to do as many Q&As and interviews as we can though we've done considerably fewer interviews since we started doing a Washington Nationals podcast thing on a daily basis in-season. But we're happy to talk Nats with anyone who asks...

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Whenever we can, we talk Washington Nationals with anyone who wants to discuss what's going on with the nation's capital's Nats. We answered a few questions for Razzball.com's 2015 Nationals preview, discussing what the Nationals' second base situation looks like with Yunel Escobar acquired to play every day and Danny Espinosa moving to a utility role, what Ian Desmond's final season in D.C. might look like if it is indeed his last, and which prospects we'll be watching throughout the organization this season. We also talked about Anthony Rendon. We'll include that question and answer here and you can read the rest of the Q&A through the link below...

"I feel like I feel more comfortable at third base, but I really have no preference. As long as I have a bat in my hand..." - Anthony Rendon at NatsFest on playing second vs third

Razzball: There seems to be an interesting split among the masses on what Anthony Rendon can produce after a stellar 2014 campaign. I’m a big believer, especially in his ability to produce handsomeness, but where do you land? Does he build on his .287/.351/.473 this year?

FBB: "There is a large contingent of Nationals fans who are right there with you on the handsomeness factor. As for the onfield production: Even if he can’t build on it and just reproduces what he did last season I think the Nationals would be really happy with that sort of production from Anthony Rendon.

"I think he’ll benefit from having his defensive situation settled from the start this season. I don’t know how much you weigh that sort of thing, but learning second base while adjusting to the majors had to be tough in his first season, but he still hit, and he was back and forth between second and third last season while other Nats were dealing with injuries.

"I think it may actually help him to know where he’s playing from the start and be able to focus on preparing for third base. The big hurdle with Rendon as a pro, in my opinion, was proving that he could stay healthy.

Williams on Rendon

"There was no doubt about his ability to hit after college, but the injury issues (ankles/shoulder) in his last couple years at Rice and the ankle injury in his first pro campaign definitely raised some doubts about his durability. As I said then, however, it wasn’t one injury, like a persistent knee issue or something, but a few random ones.

"Since his first pro season he’s been healthy and turned into the kind of player he was projected to be heading into the draft in 2011. I think the Nationals got a steal getting him at 6th overall that June.

"I think there’s room for improvement and improved consistency (though he produced fairly consistently last season), but watching him on a daily basis he’s really pretty impressive already."

Read the full Q&A through the link below: