The Washington Nationals’ farm system has been one of the best in baseball in recent years with Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg both rapidly ascending to the Big Show. The third baseman Anthony Rendon is not quite in their league, but he can continue to develop into a solid pro. He played at four different minor league levels last year and showed rapid ascension until he hit AA Harrisburg. He only got 68 at bats there, so he could have just been getting his feet wet for a fantastic 2013.
Rendon was Washington’s first round pick in 2011. He might have trouble cracking the Nationals lineup in the near future, just because they have already have too many quality outfielders and Ryan Zimmerman at third is a franchise guy. You could look at a move to second base, but what about Danny Espinosa who has been a club favorite. Rendon’s best bet to play for the Nationals might be first base where veteran Adam LaRoche has been holding it down. That spot might open up in a year or two and then Rendon could get a serious look.
Rendon has quality bat speed and power; he is also an excellent fielder. In short he is a four tool player, so he will not be kept out of the big leagues long. It’s just a matter of where he can fit into the lineup.