Category: Tony Renda

The Yankees traded David Carpenter to the Nationals for minor-league infielder Tony Renda

Tony Renda

Tony Renda

On Thursday, David Carpenter, who was designated for assignment by the Yankees on June 3 because he wasn’t effective, was traded to the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor-league infielder Tony Renda. According to Baseball America, Renda was the Nationals’ No. 12 prospect after the 2014 season. That is a lot of value to get for a player who was designated for assignment.

Renda was the Nationals’ No. 12 ranked prospect after the 2012 season and the No. 13 ranked prospect after the 2013 season. He is a 24-year-old from Santa Rosa, CA, who went to University of California, Berkeley. In 2011, Renda won the Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year award. Renda was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 42nd round in 2009 and then was drafted again after his junior season at Cal in the second round by the Nationals.

The Yankees have officially assigned him to the Double-A Trenton Thunder. In his four seasons in the Nationals minor league system across four different levels, Renda had a .288 average, a .366 on-base percentage, four homers, 153 RBIs, 83 doubles and 73 steals. In 2014, while playing for the Potomac Nationals at the advanced A level, he had a .307 average, 47 RBIs, 19 steals and 21 doubles in 107 games. So far this season, while playing for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, he had a .267 average, with one homer, 23 RBIs (third most on the team), 10 doubles, 13 steals and seven errors.

Renda has proven to be able to drive in runs at a solid rate for a second baseman while getting a lot of steals and hitting for a good average. He is currently on a six-game hitting streak with three multi-hit games in that span. In addition to second base, Renda also played eight games at shortstop last season and two this season, which proves that he adds some versatility.

After their off day on Thursday, the Yankees will now play a three-game series against the fourth place Baltimore Orioles. The Yankees are in first place with a 33-26 record and the Orioles are four games back with a 29-30 record. The Orioles are coming off of a three-game sweep in Baltimore against the Red Sox.

Mason Williams, who was called up on Thursday from Triple-A Scranton, will get the start in center field in his first game.  Here are the pitching matchups for the series at Camden Yards:

RHP Michael Pineda (7-2, 3.33)
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 3.02)
7:05 p.m., YES Network

LHP CC Sabathia (3-7, 5.25)
RHP Bud Norris (2-4, 8.63)
7:15 p.m., FOX

RHP Adam Warren (4-4, 3.64)
1:15 p.m.