As a sophomore at Rice University in 2010, Anthony received citations as the national Player of the Year from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, American Baseball Coaches Association and Baseball America after hitting .394 with a career-high 26 home runs and 85 RBI. He joined Robin Ventura, John Olerud and Mark Teixeira as just the fourth underclassman to be named Baseball America’s National Player of the Year.
Anthony lived up to his nickname “Tony Two Bags” by leading National League third basemen with 38 doubles in 2016, one short of his career-high (39 in 2014). He also emerged as a top run producer after the ’16 All-Star break, ranking fifth in the NL in RBI over that stretch with 52. In the field, he led all NL third baseman with a .976 fielding percentage in ’16. Anthony burst onto the scene with a superb 2014 season in which he took home the National League Silver Slugger Award for third baseman. He played in just 79 Minor League games before being promoted in 2013 and made his big-league debut on April 21, 2013 vs. the New York Mets at Citi Field.
On June 29, 2010, Anthony was honored by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council with “Anthony Rendon Day” in Houston.