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Tony Renda

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Tony Renda
Washington Nationals
Second baseman
Born: (1991-01-24) January 24, 1991 (age 25)
Hillsborough, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Anthony Renda (born January 24, 1991) is an American professional baseball second baseman. He plays in Minor League Baseball for the Washington Nationals' organization. Before his professional career, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and played college baseball for the California Golden Bears.

Career

Renda attended Junípero Serra High School in San Mateo, California, where he played for the school's baseball team. He was named a High School All-American.[1]

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected Renda in the 42nd round of the 2009 MLB Draft.[1] Renda did not sign, as he followed through on his commitment to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley, to play college baseball for the California Golden Bears baseball team. He began his collegiate career as a third baseman, but transitioned into a second baseman.[2] In 2011, Renda won the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Year Award.[3] After Renda's junior year at California, the Washington Nationals selected Renda in the second round of the 2012 MLB Draft. Renda signed with the Nationals, receiving a $500,000 signing bonus.[1][4]

Renda made his professional debut with the Auburn Doubledays of the Class A-Short Season New York-Penn League in 2012. He played 71 games for Auburn. In 2013, Renda played for the Hagerstown Suns of the Class A South Atlantic League, where he had a .294 batting average, 99 runs scored, 51 runs batted in, and 30 stolen bases in 135 games.[5] His 43 doubles with Hagerstown were the second-most in all of Minor League Baseball.[6] After the season, he won the inaugural Bob Boone Award for his "professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, makeup, intangibles and tremendous work ethic."[5] In 2014, Renda played for the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League.[2][7]

Personal life

Renda is from Hillsborough, California.[5] His mother, Larree, began a career at Safeway, Inc. as a bagger, and worked her way up into an executive position. His father, Frank, a construction worker, died when he was 19.[2][6]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Tony Renda's drive rooted in his upbringing". INSIDENOVA.COM. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nationals minor league notes: Tony Renda stays on track". Washington Post. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Cal second baseman Tony Renda is Pac-10 Baseball Player of Year". Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Nationals agree with second-rounder Tony Renda, others as draft wraps up". Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Byron Kerr: One to watch: Second base prospect Tony Renda". MASNsports. Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Work ethic pushing Renda toward big leagues". Retrieved September 21, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Taylor Jordan, Billy Burns, Tony Renda earn Nationals minor league awards". Retrieved September 21, 2014. 

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