Hmm oh the Post did? And the Times? And Zuck (for CSN Washington if anyone thinks of it that way)?
What did they say? readreadreadreadreadreadread
Ok pretty basic stuff, but he's only played 26 games. Going into the fancy stats at this point is like doing it at the end of April. It's kind of pointless. Maybe he is very good (35.4% LD rate) and something like this will continue with a batting average well above .300. Or maybe he's just remarkably lucky (.420 BABIP) and he'll drop down to something in the mid to high .200s. We can't really say. It's been only a month and for every point you can bring up for/against a counterpoint can be made.
- His minor league numbers suggest he'd strike-out more / He's still a kid and learning so it's possible it would go down.
- His walk rate is unfavorably low / He's shown much more tendency to walk throughout his minor league play
- He hasn't shown the pop you'd like him to with only 1 homer / Again minors show the likelihood of power to come.
- Didn't people get all excited about Tyler Moore last year? / Yes, but Rendon has a much better pedigree
- He's not really fielding all that well like people are saying / Well he's not a 2nd baseman, he's not awful, and he likely won't be playing there in a couple years.
- He's an injury risk / He's not injured now
- Isn't he just taking advantage of the period where major league pitchers see if they can get you out using primarily fastballs because that's the easiest way to do it? / Ummm ok you got me there
Remember the whole thing about last year that Bryce wasn't getting fastballs or strikes? That's pretty atypical for a rookie because most of the time they want to see if they can get you out with fastballs that are strikes because that's what they want to throw.
63.7% of the pitches Anthony Rendon has seen have been fastballs. That would put him around 10th in the league if he had enough at bats. 47.9% of the pitches he's seen have been inside the zone. That would put him about 20th. Basically pitchers are challenging him
The good news is that he is obviously more than up to that challenge. Each team will probably take there chances doing the same, making sure it's not just a fluke of small sample size that we're dealing with. When that fails (and it seems like it will) He'll see a more standard mix of pitchers. That'll give us a better idea of what kind of hitter he'll be for the rest of this season.