AUBURN | A top prospect in the Washington Nationals organization will play in Auburn.
Third baseman Anthony Rendon begins a rehab assignment Thursday that will reportedly last about a week with the Doubledays as he continues to come back from an ankle injury suffered in April.
Depending on his progress, Rendon could be with the team for a longer or shorter time. Rendon is on the Auburn roster, and was on the bench for Wednesday’s game, but has not been assigned a number yet.
“He will have a locker just like the rest of the guys and he’ll have a uniform,” Auburn manager Gary Cathcart said with a smile. “He has a schedule set by our athletic training co-ordinator in Florida. We aren’t sure how long he is going to be with us.”
Auburn travels to Staten Island and Brooklyn next week. Rendon, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, may or may not make the trip.
After starting his first two professional games in Potomac in April, Rendon partially fractured his ankle in his third game. He had a double and a triple in his first four at-bats with the P-Nats.
Rendon started his comeback with the Gulf Coast League Nationals last week and was 4-for-11 with two home runs and six RBI in five games. Baseball America has Rendon ranked as Washington’s top organizational prospect since Bryce Harper was called up to the Nationals.
“This is the next step in his return to full action and an opportunity for him to play under the lights and see some better competition,” said Washington Nationals' director of player development Doug Harris. “We have a calendar in mind, but we want him to build incrementally. We are going to keep an eye on how he feels everyday.”
The addition of Rendon comes at an opportune time for Auburn as the Doubledays host Vermont for three games and then welcome Stedler Division-leading Tri-City in over the weekend. Going into Wednesday, the ValleyCats had the best record in the NY-Penn League at 26-10.
“He is a very talented kid, but we just want to keep him on the field,” Cathcart said. “The goal now is getting him out on the field and seeing what we have.”