The Washington Nationals have announced the call-up of top prospect Anthony Rendon as third baseman Ryan Zimmerman heads to the 15-day disabled list with a sore left hamstring. Zimmerman had an MRI before the Nats' win over the Mets on Saturday afternoon.
Rendon will make his major league debut after playing just 57 minor league games over the last two seasons. He was selected by the Nationals with the sixth pick overall in the 2011 MLB Draft out of Rice University. The 22-year-old was hitting .292 with 2 HR and 7 RBI through 14 games with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators this season.
Zimmerman has missed the last two games after leaving late in the Nats' game against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. In 15 games this season Zimmerman is batting .226 with a home run and 11 RBI.
Considered a versatile hitting prospect, Rendon stood out in spring training with four home runs and 11 RBI with a .375/.412/.875 slash in 13 games. He also played eight games with the team during spring training in 2012.
Rendon joins the Nationals who moved to 10-7 on Saturday after losing five of their previous seven games. The team's top prospect is expected to start at third and potentially provide a spark to a club battling inconsistency through three weeks this season.
Last April as the Nats were struggling to stay healthy, they called up top prospect Bryce Harper to replace Zimmerman who was dealing with shoulder inflammation. The team lost their first three games with Harper, but went on to a league-best 98 wins as the outfielder won the National League Rookie of the Year award.
Rendon will be the third player selected in the top ten of the 2011 MLB Draft to reach the majors following Baltimore's Dylan Bundy and Trevor Bauer who currently plays with the Indians.