Sunday, April 21, 2013

NL King - Rendon Up & R.Zimmerman Down

Well it's not even May and Ryan Zimmerman is already dealing with a injury situation, which has caused the Nationals to call up top prospect Anthony Rendon. Zimmerman recently suffered a hamstring injury and went for an MRI yesterday. After seeing the results the Nats put Ryan Zimmerman on the DL and called up Rendon. A bad hamstring injury can keep someone sidelined for a while and the fact the Nats brought up Rendon says to me that this injury is going to a situation where it will be much later than sooner. The Nats have not given a time frame on Ryan Zimmerman.

Rendon (23 years old) is the 6th overall pick of the 2011 draft and the kid is an offensive force. Rendon's biggest problem so far in his young career ironically is staying healthy. In his first 14 games in AA Rendon has 2HR, 7RBI, 8R, 0SB, .292 AVG, .462 OBP. Rendon is the Nats top prospect and projects as a middle of the order hitter with all-star potential. Rendon last year only had 133 AB's between Rookie ball and AA due to a fractured left ankle injury in early April last season. Rendon came back in July but did not really get going until his Arizona Fall League where is was most impressive.

The talent is there and for the Nats to call him up I believe the Ryan Zimmerman injury is signifcant. If your hitting lineup needs depth picking up Anthony Rendon is a good pickup. He is a rookie so don't expect him to be a savior but he does have a lot of talent.

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