Under new rules, Rendon eligible to play in Arizona Fall League

The Nationals announced Tuesday that top infield prospect Anthony Rendon has been promoted to Double-A Harrisburg.

In years past, players had to be on the Double-A roster by Aug. 1 to be eligible to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

But under new roster guidelines, teams can send seven players to the AFL. The seven appointments can include two low Single-A or first-year draft picks signed by July 13, two high-A players and three Double-A or higher participants.

Further, a team is not required to send low Single-A or high Single-A players if they so choose.

Therefore, under these new guidelines, Rendon would eligible to be invited to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters, the team the Nationals will partially stock with players. The Blue Jays, Diamondbacks, White Sox and Rockies will also supply players to the Rafters.

Other possibilities include pitchers Alex Meyer and Nathan Karns, and hitters Jason Martinson and Matt Skole.

With these new rules, several other players are also eligible to participate who would not have been as recently as last season.

The Nationals have made no announcements about who will be invited to play from their franchise for the Rafters this season.

The Rafters begin play Oct. 9. Announcements of official rosters could come as early as the end of August.

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