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2012 MLB Draft: Nationals Select Cal 2B Tony Renda With No. 80 Overall Pick

A day after selecting pitcher Lucas Giolito with their first-round pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals drafted Cal second baseman Tony Renda with their second-round pick, No. 80 overall.

A native of Hillsborough, California, Renda was named a 2012 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and second-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He was also named the Pac-10's player of the year in 2011, only the fourth Cal player to earn the honor.

In 2012, his junior season, Renda batted .342 for the Golden Bears and posted a .436 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage, hitting 5 home runs and driving in 27 runs while starting 53 of Cal's 54 games this season.

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