Nationals draft 2B Tony Renda in second round

Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com

The Nationals began the second day of the First-Year Player Draft by selecting second baseman Tony Renda from the University of California, Berkeley, with the 80th overall pick.

Renda is a 5-foot-8, 173-pound second baseman who entered the draft after his junior season at Cal. In 2012, Renda hit .342 with a .436 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage. He led the Golden Bears with 75 hits and also added five home runs and 27 RBIs. Renda was named a 2012 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and a second-team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

“In our opinion, Tony has the quickest bat in the draft,” Director of Scouting Kris Kline said, via the @NationalsPR Twitter feed. “He has always hit. He brings controlled aggression and a strong, compact swing. He has tremendous makeup and is a great kid.”

The Nationals next pick comes in the third round, at No. 111 overall.

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