If Yasiel Puig Deserves All-Star Invite, Then So Does Anthony Rendon

Robert Wood@@bleachRWreachrCorrespondent IJune 27, 2013

Anthony Rendon
Anthony RendonDrew Hallowell/Getty Images

Yasiel Puig has played only 22 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is hitting .435 in 85 at-bats with seven home runs and 14 RBI, with a .467 on-base percentage and a .729 slugging percentage.

He has played so well, so suddenly, that "Puigmania" has begun to sweep the baseball world.

This mania has become so strong that there are now cries of support to add him to the National League team for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game, to be held on July 16 at Citi Field in New York.

These hysterical cries can be heard from both ESPN and Fox Sports.

Even Puig's teammates are believers. First baseman Adrian Gonzales told Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times on June 21 that "what he's done is unheard of. Nobody else has really done it."

It is clear that this Puigmania has grown to such a fever pitch that it has blinded the baseball world to another National League rookie who is just as deserving of a last-minute invite to the All-Star Game:

Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals.

Rendon has played in 26 games for Washington and is hitting .354 in 99 at-bats. Rendon has one home run and six RBI, with a .402 on-base percentage and a .485 slugging percentage.

At first glance, this seems like no contest.

Just look at OPS: Puig's is superhuman at 1.196; Rendon's is merely mortal at .887.

But take a second glance at their statistics, and you'll see that these two phenoms belong in the same category: 

Statistical Category Yasiel Puig Anthony Rendon
Strikeouts 18 17
Walks 3 8
Runs Scored 14 12
Extra Base Hits 11 11
% of Games Hit Safely 82 81
Hitting Streaks of At Least Five Games 2 2
Length of Longest Hitting Streak 8 9


Puigmania has been pretty powerful, and deservedly so. However, if this statistical comparison is any indication, "Rendonysteria" should be sweeping the baseball world, as well.

So, if Yasiel Puig deserves to make the NL All-Star team, then Anthony Rendon does, too. Anyone who thinks otherwise has clearly gone mad.


Note: All statistics updated through June 26 courtesy of MLB.com.