The Nationals are making a rather bold in-house move in an attempt to address their problems at second base. The club has promoted top prospect Anthony Rendon to Triple-A Syracuse, and once there he'll begin a transition to second base. Jon Heyman confirms the original report of FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.
Rendon, age 22, owns a minor-league slash line of .273/.410/.542 across two seasons and four different levels. Coming into the 2013 season, MLB.com ranked Rendon as a 28th-best prospect in baseball. During a brief call-up earlier this season, Rendon batted .240/.367/.280 in 30 plate appearances for Washington. Rendon has spent almost all of his time as a pro at third base, but he does have five minor-league games at second base to his credit.
If Rendon is able to make the transition while continuing to perform at the plate, then he'll address a gaping hole in the Nats' lineup: This season, Nationals second basemen (primarily Danny Espinosa) have combined to bat a miserable .203/.227/.311.