Here is a recap of how each of the top 2011 draft prospects did this past week. Click on their names to go to their tracker pages.
Rendon should move back to the field this weekend.
Rendon went 3-for-13 this past week, with seven walks. He was dealt a big blow early in the week when Rice lost Jeremy Rathjen for the rest of the season. Rathjen was the only hitter in the Rice lineup, other than Rendon, who has been productive this year. Losing Rathjen will allow pitchers to pitch around Rendon, which we've already seen this season.
As for his injuries, he didn't return to third base this past weekend, although MK Bower reports that he is on schedule to return to the field for the series opener against UCF this weekend. Joseph Duarte reports that Rice coach Wayne Graham is considering batting Rendon in the leadoff spot.
Jason Churchill wrote that it's no lock that Rendon ends up in the top five picks. I find that hard to believe.
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