Washington made a bold move late this morning, electing to promote top prospect Anthony Rendonup to Double-A Harrisburg after appearing in just 22 games on the year thanks to a severe ankle injury that kept him out for just over three months. He was activated off the minor league disabled list just over a week ago.
Rendon, the 6th overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, had already been expected to move quickly through the Nationals’ minor league system this year, with some even thinking he could reach the Majors by year’s end. The injury, however, put a major hole in those aggressive plans. Three games into the year he fractured his right ankle rounding third base and initially there was some belief that he could be lost for the year. Rendon’s recovered and he’s been swinging the bat well since making his return.
Over those 22 games on the year, Rendon’s batting .308/.423/.615 with 3 HR and 9 RBI through 78 plate appearances, with 12 walks and 13 strikeouts. Bumping him to Double-A may seem premature, given the relative lack of playing time he’s seen on the year, but there is clearly faith within the organization that he’s ready for advanced competition.
Third baseman Matt Skole was also promoted, moving from Low-A Hagerstown up to High-A Potomac to replace Rendon on the roster. Skole’s also has had a solid season, batting .286/.438/.574 with 27 HR and 92 RBI through 448 plate appearances.