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Young Rendon making most of spring at-bats

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Davey Johnson was asked, half-jokingly, if infielder Anthony Rendon had a chance to make the Nationals' roster out of Spring Training.

The questions were understandable because Rendon was the sixth player taken overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is ranked the organization's No. 1 prospect by MLB.com, and was batting .417 with a 1.250 OPS going into Friday's night's game against the Braves at Champion Stadium.

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The manager's response was just as predictable, since Rendon is still only 22 years old and has played a total of just 43 games in the Minor Leagues.

"No. He needs the reps. He needs to go play. He only had five or six games [this spring]," Johnson said with a laugh, adding that nobody should overreact if he's still around on March 29 when the Nats come home to play their final exhibition against the Yankees. "You always need to carry a couple guys extra for those games."

In the 6-5 win over Atlanta, Rendon entered the game as a defensive replacement and went hitless in one official at-bat, but also walked and scored a run.

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