December 10, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League news: Rendon, Skole promoted

Anthony Rendon – Winston-Salem Dash v. Potomac Nationals, 8/12/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

As we reported last night, 3B Anthony Rendon has indeed been promoted to AA-Harrisburg.

Rendon, 22, was the Washington Nationals first pick (No. 6 overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. His season has been marred with an ankle injury sustained early in the season. For High-A Potomac, Rendon played in nine games amassing 32 plate appearances. He hit .333/.438/.630 with two doubles and three triples. He’s played at three levels this season after his return, hitting a combined .308/.423/.615 with five doubles, three triples, three home runs and nine RBIs. He’s walked 12 times and struck out 13.

Rendon, 6’0″, 180, was widely acclaimed as the best college bat in the 2011 draft and was the 2010 Howser Trophy winner as National College Player of the Year.  However, a shoulder injury limited Rendon to designated hitter his junior season and a subsequent power drop might have caused him to slip to the Nats to select at No. 6.

After the draft, GM Mike Rizzo was happy he “fell” to the Nats. “We were pleasantly surprised, yes, that he got to us at six,” Rizzo said from Nats Park. “Going into the draft season he was projected to be the No. 1 pick and is one of the best college hitters in the game. And throughout the college season and the draft season he held onto that status. Just 24 hours ago he was going [No.] 1 or [No.] 2 in the draft.”

In an accompanying move, 3B Matt Skole was promoted from Low-A Hagerstown to High-A Potomac to take Rendon’s roster spot. Skole, 23, was a fifth round pick in the 2011 draft out of Georgia Tech. He hit .286/.438/.574 with 27 home runs and 92 RBIs in 101 games for Hagerstown this season and was a South Atlantic League All-Star.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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