With the sixth pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals have selected Anthony Rendon, a third baseman from Rice. The buzz all day was that outfielder Bubba Starling would be the guy, but instead, he went the pick before to the Kansas City Royals. Instead, the Nationals will take Rendon, who most believe is the best player left, even though they already have Ryan Zimmerman at third base.
Most experts predicted Rendon would go in the top five, but instead, the Seattle Mariners took Bethesda native Danny Hultzen No. 2 overall, which began Rendon's slide. Rendon starred at Rice, hitting 26 home runs with Rice before slumping a bit this year. However, most people believe he is the best hitter in the 2011 MLB Draft.
One of the reasons Rendon slipped was that some teams were worried about his shoulder, which didn't check out well with some teams' medical reports. For his part, Rendon said he feels fine and that the injuries he's had on his shoulder and ankles have only made him stronger.