As the calendar shifts to June 1, we continue to get closer to more minor league affiliates opening up their seasons. On Sunday, the Washington Nationals had their Dominican Summer League team opens up play today after their opener got postponed on Saturday. Plus, we are 18 days away from the start of the Auburn Doubledays season (New-York Penn League).
Of course, a week from tonight, we will find out the latest members of the Washington Nationals organization when the 2015 MLB Draft takes place. The Nats do not have a pick in the first round, but they do have picks 57 and 69 on night one
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Plus, this month will mark the debut of Trea Turner in the Nats minor league system. This week, the shortstop went 8-for-27 with two RBI’s for the San Antonio Missions. On Sunday, he had a 16-game hitting streak snapped, but he is still hitting .333 with five home runs and 27 RBI’s.
In terms of rehab updates this week, Anthony Rendon started playing in rehab games last Friday for the Harrisburg Senators. He went 2-for-11 in three games against the Bowie Bay Sox (Baltimore Orioles) with one walk. It is unknown when Rendon will return to the big leagues, but it is a good sign to see the 24-year old get closer to returning.
Another notable rehab stint this week was left-handed reliever Matt Purke, who made his 2015 debut on May 28 with the low-A Hagerstown Suns. He went four innings, gave up two runs on three hits, struck out three, and did not walk one batter. The 24-year old missed all of 2014 due to Tommy John Surgery.
With all that being said, here are our minor league players of the week as we present another edition of Minor League Monday: