Dec. 17, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Rice junior Anthony Rendon has been named to Collegiate Baseball's 2011 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-America First Team, the publication announced Friday (Dec. 17) from its headquarters in Tucson, Ariz. Earlier this week the Owls' slugging third baseman was also named a First Team Preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
Rendon had an outstanding sophomore season in 2010, earning the Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player. He batted .394 while leading Conference USA with 26 home runs, and he was among the nation's leaders in runs scored (83), walks (65), and RBI (85). The former prep standout from nearby Lamar High School also maintained an .801 slugging percentage, a .530 on-base percentage, and finished with more home runs (26) than strikeouts (22). Defensively he had a .973 fielding percentage at third base (only four errors all season) and started a total of 16 double-plays for the Blue & Gray.
A host of media and college baseball organizations, including Baseball America and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), tabbed Rendon as the 2010 college player of the year. Conference USA named him its 2010 Male Athlete of the Year and in its annual review of the Stories of the Year for college baseball, Rivals.com listed him as its 2010 Athlete of the Year.
For the second time in as many years Rendon has been selected as the Area Preseason College Baseball Player of the Year by the Houston Athletic Committee (HAC). He will be honored at the HAC's 26th annual Houston Baseball Dinner, an event that helps provide scholarships for area youths on Jan. 14, 2011. The event will be held downtown at the Hilton Americas grand ballroom. The Owl slugger is the first player in the 26-year history of the awards dinner to repeat as the Preseason College Player of the Year.