If a report out of the locker room in Harrisburg, PA's Metro Bank Park is correct, and it wouldn't be surprising if it was though it's not yet confirmed, the Washington Nationals have promoted 22-year-old top prospect Anthony Rendon to Triple-A Syracuse. The former Rice University third baseman who made his MLB debut earlier this year when Ryan Zimmerman injured his hamstring, entered play today with a .330/.473/.625 line, 11 doubles, two triples and six home runs over 32 games and 148 plate appearances with the Nats' Double-A affiliate. The 2011 1st Round pick was 0 for 4 with 2 Ks in a 4-3 loss to the Trenton Thunder tonight. Rendon suffered an ankle injury early in his first pro season last April, but he returned in August and was promoted from Class-A Potomac to Harrisburg before the season ended.
Rendon was 6 for 25 with a double, five walks and seven Ks in eight games with the Nationals earlier this year, but he was sent back down once Ryan Zimmerman returned from the DL. He's continued to hit upon returning to the Senators' lineup and as Patriot-News' reporters and Senators beat reporters Dave Sottile and Geoff Morrow are reporting tonight, Rendon was informed after the game that he was being promoted to Triple-A:
"Players told Sottile that Rendon had been promoted, but the Nationals' director of player development, Doug Harris, offered a 'no comment' when Sottile asked him about it. Still, Sottile reported, Rendon was seen getting congratulatory hugs and well-wishes."
The 6th overall pick of the 2011 Draft, Rendon was described by D.C. GM Mike Rizzo on the night of the draft as having, "... Gold Glove caliber defensive skills,":
"We think that he's athletic enough to play several different positions. We feel that he has Gold Glove caliber defensive skills at third base. We're going to see where and when we have to make a decision on that. What we think we have is a very polished, accomplished college hitter. The 2010 National Player of the Year and a consumate, professional hitter."
Rendon's future position was a topic of discussion since he was considered a quick-to-the-majors-type and the Nationals have a firmly-entrenched third baseman in Ryan Zimmerman. Rizzo said on the night Rendon was selected that it was a decision they could put off until later. "Right now we feel that third base is his position," Rizzo explained, "we feel that we've evaluated him as a Gold Glove caliber defensive guy at third base. We're going to delay that decision till he gets to the big leagues and establishes himself here and we'll make those decisions down the road."
Rendon's played predominantly at third base in the minors, but in Spring Training the last two years and in several games this season he's moved around the infield, getting time at second and short. Where he plays at Triple-A could provide a hint of what the Nationals have planned for Rendon if/when he's called back to the majors.
As the Patriot-News' reporters, reiterated, however, there is no official word from the Nationals on a move if it has indeed been made. "Reached for comment after the game, here's what Rendon told Sottile: 'They haven't told me anything.'" More news, if any, when it's available.
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