wRC+ Anthony Rendon is the Best Hitting 3rd Baseman in Baseball This Year

According wRC+ which takes wOBA then adjusts to park factors on a scale of 100 being average, Anthony Rendon is the best hitting 3rd Baseman in baseball.  Nolan Arenado has the batting average, OPS, hit streak, and RBI lead, Pedro Alverez leads in HRs, Trevor Plouffe leads in doubles, Matt Carpenter leads in OBP, but Rendon has the best combination of all of it this year.

Without leading any hitting category, I don’t expect Rendon to get many headlines especially with Arenado putting up such sensational numbers playing on the moon . Once you adjust for the effect of Coors Field, Arenado is only the 6th best this year.  Rendon continue to suffer from the injury prone label that caused him to drop from top overall player in the draft to pick 6 and the Nats; getting hurt right off the bat in the minors didn’t help either.

Another thing to note this year.  Traditional leaders like Longoria and Wright seem to be having down years in the small sample size of April.


# Name Team AVG OBP wOBA wRC+
1 Anthony Rendon Nationals .295 .331 .366 133
2 Yangervis Solarte Yankees .306 .391 .369 132
3 Josh Donaldson Athletics .262 .341 .358 130
4 Juan Uribe Dodgers .313 .345 .354 129
5 Todd Frazier Reds .265 .346 .360 127
6 Nolan Arenado Rockies .324 .346 .377 126
9 Matt Carpenter Cardinals .288 .392 .341 118
11 Evan Longoria Rays .269 .329 .326 110
14 David Wright Mets .277 .322 .299 91

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