Cole closest in 'Race for No. 1'
If the contenders for the No. 1 pick are to catch the favorite, they'll have to put forth monster seasons and answer each and every scouting question within their games to claim their stake -- at least if the first few weeks are any indication.
That's because Rice 3B Anthony Rendon hasn't had a stellar start by his standards, yet has still produced a .387 average and .525 on-base percentage against a strong early schedule. The 6-foot, 190-pound Houston native has drawn eight walks in his past four games and there are no reports of any issues in terms of agility or physical restrictions in accordance with the most recent ankle injury.
Rendon's stock is steady at this stage, which means those in the running have to dig deep. The contenders:
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