#3- Anthony Rendon
This talented young infielder had an injury marred 2015 season. The right-handed hitter has a great natural line drive stroke and rates very high on the intangibles list. Rendon does the little things to help his team win and sometimes those attributes are left upraised.
He missed parts of the 2015 season with knee, quad and oblique injuries. He still put up respectable numbers, but was obviously not himself the whole season. Rendon had a batting line of .264/.344/.363 in 80 games with the Nationals last year. He managed five home runs but his strikeout totals soared. Rendon just had a rough year physically and has a high probability to bounce back this coming season.
The Nationals are poised to be a dominant team and they will need production from this 26-year-old infielder. He could see time at third base or second base for the team. The Nationals have Daniel Murphy who can also play both infield positions. Rendon has the ability to be very special. The 6th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of Rice University has a very high ceiling.
Rendon is under team control for the next three seasons and is just starting to head into his arbitration years. He will be heavily motivated to have a great season and that is exactly what I think he will have. The Nationals are a team on the rise and he could have Bryce Harper hitting in front of him. If that is the case, Rendon will get plenty of fastballs to hit.