Should the Pirates consider someone other than Rendon or Cole?
There have been a lot of concerns brought up about Anthony Rendon this year. The Rice third baseman - or should I say designated hitter, since he hasn't played much third base this year - is hitting for a .350/.552/.552 line, with the main downside being a lack of power (4 homers in 143 at-bats).
There have been a lot of issues surrounding Rendon. He suffered major ankle injuries in back to back seasons heading in to this year, and has been held off the field this year with a shoulder injury. That combination has people questioning whether he can stay healthy. There's also the lack of power, which is hard to get a read on for a few reasons. First of all, the NCAA has new bats this year, which have taken power down across the league. Second, Rendon has been pitched around a lot, walking in almost one out of three plate appearances on the year, including 37% of the time in the month of April.
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