The 2020 MLB season is underway and Rice baseball alums are making noise. Here’s the latest on the MLB Owls from the week of September 10.
Anthony Rendon – Los Angeles Angels
At this point, it might be enough to leave this portion simple. Something like this: Anthony Rendon is good at baseball.
Anthony Rendon over his last 162 games
*Top 10 in ML#Angels
— Jared Tims (@Jared_Tims) September 8, 2020
Rendon continues to produce and gives the Angels a chance. His bat helped lead the team to a series sweep over the Houston Astros over Labor Day weekend. He had a pair of home runs in the series and drove in five.
Through September 9, Rendon is hitting .291 with 15 extra-base hits, 30 walks and 24 strikeouts.
Tyler Duffey – Minnesota Twins
Duffey continues to be a workhorse for the Twins. He’s appeared in more than a third of their games and has only allowed any earned runs on three occasions. One of those off nights came this week against the Tigers. Duffey surrendered three hits and two runs (one earned) while fanning three in 1.1 innings. He was handed his first blown save of the season.
Through September 9, Duffey has a 2.16 ERA with a .840 WHIP. He’s averaging 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Brock Holt – Washington Nationals
Holt joined the Nationals at the end of August after he was released by the Brewers. His first start came on Sept. 2 at third base. A few days later his bat woke up from its slumber. Holt went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 5. He raised his average more than 70 points in that outing alone.
Holt showed off his speed in the Nats next game, sliding under the tag to score from first on a single to right field.
BROCK HOLT! 👍👍
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) September 6, 2020
Through September 9, Holt is hitting .250 overall and .400 with the Nationals. Since signing with Washington, Holt is 12-for-30 with four extra-base hits.
Jon Duplantier is unlikely to rejoin the Arizona Diamondbacks this fall. General Manager Mike Hazen indicated Duplantier’s season is most likely finished as he works to rehab from injury.