Nationals top prospect Anthony Rendon will begin the season at Double-A Harrisburg as he looks for more at-bats after injuries limited him to just 43 minor league games in 2012. But not only does he need extra work at the plate, Rendon is unsure of where he will fit into the Nats' deep roster when he is ready for the majors.
Rendon is 23 and had a terrific spring, but his natural position of third base is already locked down with franchise player Ryan Zimmerman. This could make the 2011 first round pick switch positions which, according to Aaron Boone of ESPN, may already be in the works.
Boone says the Nats will have Rendon playing multiple positions each week with the Senators, depending on the game. He will work primarily at third, but will also see time at second and shortstop.
— Aaron Boone (@AaronBoone_ESPN) March 19, 2013
Rendon has worked at second before in practice with Davey Johnson, a former second baseman, and at shortstop in spring training games. This, however, is the clearest indication the Nats hope he can develop into a potential middle infielder. His offensive skills are too good to keep in the minors beyond this season and, if he can prove versatile in the field, his road the majors would be accelerated.
Rendon was rated a top 30 prospect before this season by both Baseball America and MLB.com. But that was before he tore threw spring training with a .375/.412/.875 slash, four home runs, and 11 RBI in 13 games. He projects to hit a high average at the big league level and has now shown significant power potential. Wherever Rendon plays, he will be knocking on the door to join the majors sooner than later.