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From the time Anthony Rendon was a pintsized 11-year-old and through his years as one of the best college players in the country and early in his big-league career, his swing and his approach at the plate have left a string of admirers.

“He just had really different things that other kids didn’t have as far as instincts on the baseball field, a lot of stuff you can’t teach,” said Willie Ansley, a former top prospect who coached a young Rendon in Houston. “He was really small at 11, but he had really good wrists and he could hit the ball farther than the bigger kids.”

Even as Rendon grew and became a first-round draft pick of the Washington Nationals in 2011, he was still making noise at the plate with those lightning quick wrists and a mindset to simply spray the ball all over the field.

“I’ve never seen him go through a swing change,” said Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin, who was drafted and signed by the Nationals along with Rendon in 2011 and has remained close friends with him through their reunion with the Angels. “It’s just a professional approach. Since Day 1, he’s always been quiet, seeing

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