You could probably excuse a little bit of a letdown from the Washington Nationals' top prospect, Anthony Rendon. After posting a .240/.367/.280 line over 30 plate appearances in his eight-game call-up to the majors, Rendon was returned to Double-A Harrisburg after the Nats' May 2nd game against the Braves, which saw the 22-year-old, 2010 1st Round pick go 2 for 3 with a walk in a 3-1 win over at Atlanta. You could excuse a letdown if it happened...
But that's not how Rendon rolls.
Instead of a letdown after his first taste of major league action, Rendon went 12 for 24 in his first full week back in the Double-A Eastern League, "... with six doubles, two home runs, eight RBI, five runs scored, six walks and a 1.600 slugging percentage in seven games for the Senators last week," as Senators' Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations Terry Byrom wrote this morning in announcing that Rendon had been named the Eastern League's Player of the Week for the week of May 6-12.
The no.6 overall pick in the 2010 Draft now has a .354/.500/.633 line with 10 doubles and four home runs in 23 games and 104 plate appearances this season in his second stint at Double-A. Rendon finished his first pro campaign with the Senators last season after he recovered from an ankle injury that cost him a good portion of his first season in the Nats' system. As Mr. Byrom notes, so far this year, Rendon currently has the Eastern League's highest average and, "... leads the league in slugging percentage (.633) and on-base percentage (.500)."
Joining Rendon in receiving an award this morning was Senators' 23-year-old right-hander Paul Demny. As we noted last week, Demny, an '08 Nats' 6th Round pick out of Texas, threw a eight innings of a combined no-hitter last Thursday for Harrisburg. After taking part in the fourth no-hitter in Harrisburg Senators' history, Demny was named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week this morning. In his second season with the Senators, Demny is (2-4) with a 4.62 ERA, 3.96 FIP, 13 BB (3.16 BB/9) and 36 Ks (8.76 K/9) in seven starts and 37.0 IP.
Congratulation to Paul Demny & Anthony Rendon for winning EL Pitcher of the Week & Player of the Week, respectively. #HbgSens— Harrisburg Senators (@HbgSenators) May 13, 2013