INF Tony Renda

Last, and perhaps least, is infielder Tony Renda. A former second round pick (80th overall) of the Washington Nationals in the 2012 draft, Renda was acquired as part of the David Carpenter trade last year. The 24-year-old second baseman played in Double A in both the Nationals and Yankees organizations last season. Not known for being flashy at the plate or in the field, Renda is still quite a bit of development away from being a potential big leaguer.

In 2015, Renda played in 127 games, slashing in the .270/.330/.360 range with both organizations. He finished with a wRC+ of just 96 with the Nationals and one of 103 with the Yankees. As a whole, Renda had a consistent season, but one that was not truly great in any facet of his game.

At the plate, Renda is known for good approach, always making good contact and rarely striking out. he is more of a solid line drive hitter, but can show some displays of strong power. In the field, he has a solid glove that plays even better with his above average speed. While his range is not as great as it could be, and he is limited to only playing second base, Renda’s strong eye at the plate should carry his game. In the event of a Brandon Phillips trade, Renda would likely be the second baseman of the Reds future, although that remains to be seen.

Patrick is a recent graduate of the University of California San Diego where he studied Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations. He is also a lifelong baseball fan and has dreams of one day watching a Major League game in every stadium.