On Wednesday afternoon it was announced the Nats will send at least six players to the Arizona Fall League, and maybe two more, including 2011 first round pick Anthony Rendon. The Washington Post first had the report.
Joining Rendon in Arizona next month will be pitchers Christian Garcia, Paul Demny, and Ryan Perry. Outfielder Brian Goodwin and infielder Jason Martinson will also participate.
Rendon, the sixth overall pick in 2011, has seen his season slowed by injuries. The 22-year-old fractured his ankle in April, but returned in July to play well enough for a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg.
Goodwin was drafted 34th in 2011 and rose quickly to Double-A, but he has struggled there with a .219 average. He has flashed some power to go along with his range and speed and could be the teams long-term solution in center field if he continues to develop.
Garcia, 27, is looked at as a guy who could contribute at the major league level soon. He has recovered from Tommy John surgery to post a 0.89 ERA through 43 relief appearances in the Nats farm system this season. He began with Harrisburg, but has thrived even more so at Triple-A Syracuse with a 0.59 ERA across 30.1 innings pitched.
The 25-year-old Perry has been a starter for Harrisburg this season and has a 2.82 ERA through 12 starts. A former first round pick, he was acquired via a trade with the Detroit Tigers over the offseason. Demny has a 5. 44 ERA as a member of the P-Nats rotation.
Martinson, 23, will participate as a taxi squad member, a distinction that allows a player to only appear in two games per week. He has spent time at both Hagerstown and Potomac this season.