Anthony Rendon was taken sixth overall in June's draft, behind Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen, Trevor Bauer, Dylan Bundy and Bubba Starling. Some critics thought he was a steal at No. 6, with some people predicting he would go first or second to Pittsburgh or Seattle.
Rendon's supporters like to point to his plus power, fine glove and excellent plate discipline. They see him as a key cog in the heart of the Washington lineup for years to come, and they expect to see him mash his way through the Minor Leagues in 2012.
However, the third baseman has suffered two serious injuries to his ankles and another to his shoulder. His performance dropped in his junior year at Rice as a result of the setbacks and he has yet to even play a professional game.
It's all well and good penciling him into the Nationals infield, but nobody knows how his skills will translate to the pro game or whether the injuries will have an even greater effect on his performance against better pitchers.
If he is forced to miss extended periods of time, his stock will decrease even further. With poor speed and injuries that could hinder both his swing and throwing ability, I wouldn't be surprised to see Rendon underperform this season.
The Nationals are not going to rush him, so there's a possibility he could hit the DL at the first sign of problems. Considering the attention he has drawn over the last couple seasons, he will disappoint in 2012.