While Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond leads the team in home runs with 22, it is Anthony Rendon who is the most productive in terms of power hitting.
Desmond might have four more home runs than Rendon, but he also has almost twice as many strikeouts than his fellow infielder. Rendon is hitting for a BA of .279 to go along with 18 home runs, 34 doubles and six triples. He leads the Nationals with a .468 slugging percentage, and is one of the main reasons why the team has scored as many runs as they have in 2014. Maybe most importantly though, he is first on the Nationals in terms of runs with 97.
Rendon has been especially productive as of late, hitting .288 in the last 30 days on top of a .505 slugging percentage in the month of August. The Nationals have asked a lot of the infielder in 2014, and he has stayed productive every step of the way. When third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went down with a hamstring injury, Rendon slid over from second base and has looked comfortable in the new role. He shined during the team’s recent 10-game winning streak, and the Nationals are looking for Rendon to take his power hitting right into the playoffs.
The 24-year-old infielder has already surpassed his numbers from 2013, and his role on the Nationals looks as though it will only grow.