This weekend I traveled down to Greenville, NC to watch Anthony Rendon and the Rice Owls take on the East Carolina University Pirates for a three game series. After the game on Saturday I sat down with Rendon to discuss a variety of topics, such as his ankle injuries, his shoulder issues this year, the 2011 draft, and the new bats in the NCAA.
You came in to the season as the consensus number one draft prospect. You had the big season last year. Coming in to the season, what was your approach with all the hype that surrounded you?
I mean, it's not letting any of that stuff get to my head. I guess you can't even focus on what's going on outside and what people are writing about or what people are saying about the future. I'm not even there right yet, even if it does happen, I'm still at Rice. I've still got a lot of business to handle here. Me personally, my class, we haven't even been to Omaha yet, so I can't be worrying about...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.