The biggest and most dispiriting news from the Nationals’ minor leagues yesterday came in the form of an injury to elite prospect Anthony Rendon, the sixth pick in last year’s draft. The available information on the injury remains minimal, and we should have an update later today. The combination of quiet from Nationals and the description of the play – Rendon falling after he rounded third base and being helped off the field – inspires nasty thoughts.

According to the Lynchburg News & Advance, Rendon injured his left leg. In college, Rendon twice injuried his right ankle, most recently a fractrue in July 2010.

In much happier news for the Nationals, Alex Meyer, the 23rd pick of last year’s draft, made an excellent professional debut with Class A Hagerstown. Meyer a 6-foot-9 flamethrower, allowed two hits and no walks in five shutout innings while striking out four.

Here’s how the rest of the system fared:

Syracuse 4, Scranton/Wiles-Barre 0: Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 with a single, a walk and a strikeout. Tyler Moore went 3 for 4. Yunesky Maya allowed no runs in six innings on four hits and no walks, striking out four.

Harrisburg 13, Bowie 3: Rick Ankiel went 2 for 2 with a home run as the designated hitter. Eury Perez went 3 for 6. Destin Hood went 1 for 3 with a double and three RBI.

Lynchburg 7, Potomac 2: Anthony Rendon went 1 for 1 with a double and a walk before leaving the game. Sean Nicol went 2 for 2 with two doubles. Paul Applebee allowed no runs in three relief innings on one hit and one walk, striking out three.

Hagerstown 4, West Virginia 3: Brian Goodwin went 1 for 4 with a double and two strikeouts. Jason Martinson went 2 for 3 with a walk.