Turns out being lousy for several years in a row gets you some good prospects (the Houston Astros can take umbrage). The Washington Nationals are calling up yet another one of their elite prospects, Anthony Rendon, to replace Ryan Zimmerman, who is going to the DL with an ailing left hamstring. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Rendon will step into the every day lineup:
Zimmerman to DL. Anthony Rendon called up. He’ll start, Davey says.
— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) April 20, 2013
The 22-year old Anthony Rendon was the #6 overall pick out of Rice university in 2011 draft. In a cup of coffee last year, he hit two home runs in only 14 plate appearances, and is the #30 overall minor league prospect according to Baseball America.
The Nationals have a “fun” problem, but one that is going to hit them sooner than later. If Rendon tears it up, where does he play? They have no apparent openings besides middle infield and catcher, and they’re not too bad there with Espinosa, Desmond, and Suzuki. I believe their long term strategy is to move someone to 1B like Werth or Zimmerman or Rendon if they don’t sign or deal LaRoche. An embarrasment of riches for sure.
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