CHICAGO -- Anthony Rendon made quite an impression in 2013, when he played in 98 games for the Nationals. Given a full season, he's turning even more heads this year.
Last season, Rendon came up from the Minor Leagues in late April but only stayed until May 2. He was then recalled for the rest of the season on June 5, and in 351 at-bats, hit .265 with seven homers and 35 RBIs while playing primarily second base.
Rendon made a good enough impression to earn a starting spot with the Nationals to open this season and has taken full advantage. He's hitting .273, leads the team in runs scored (49) and ranks second with 12 homers and 44 RBIs. He's also made a position change, taking over for Ryan Zimmerman at third, and has done a solid job in an effort to make his first All-Star team.
"He is an All-Star for sure in my eyes," said hitting coach Rick Schu. "He has been so consistent for us, grinding every day and getting big hits. He has been playing a great third base. With the game on the line, he will give you a quality at-bat."
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday, July 3, at 11:59 p.m. ET. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15 on FOX.
Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.