Who is Anthony Rendon, you ask. The consensus number one pick for the 2011 MLB Draft. 2011; no, that is not a typo. The Pirates are terrible (and yes, I did watch the game last night and was fed up by the third inning... again), and their run differential of -82 is more than twice that of the second worst Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately, just like everything else that's happened to the Buccos since Sid slid, the Pirates have been quite unlucky in that they are just 7-12, while the Orioles are a very lucky 3-16; so the Orioles have a slight 4 game lead on us when it comes to the Rendon sweepstakes (Keith Law has said he would take Rendon over Harper if they were in the same draft; plus Rendon is supposedly not a huge douche).
Why am I so obsessed with Rendon? Here's a recent snippet from ESPN's draft blog:
We've talked here about how there is a lack of college bats in the 2010 class, so I feel obligated to share the updated season numbers of 2011 top prospect Anthony Rendon, a 3B at Rice. After Friday's games, the sophomore is hitting .378/.542/.733 with 13 home runs and a preposterous 48-15 BB/K ratio in 40 games. He's walked in more than 25 percent of his plate appearances, and he won't turn 20 until June. He's what we in the business like to call -- good.48-15! No prospect is a sure thing, but I really wouldn't mind the Buccos pulling a Pens '02-'04 type of last place tank in order to stack up on number one picks (all though, many people could argue the Pirates have been pulling that move since '93).
In all seriousness, I want to see the Pirates do well, but with the way they are playing right now, I just don't see that happening anytime soon. But I can guarantee you one thing; I'll still be tuned into the game come 8 o'clock this evening.
If you want some good news regarding the Pirates, the minor league teams are doing well!
Oh, yeah, this is hilarious.