Top Nationals prospect Carter Kieboom, a 21-year-old infielder, is coming to join the Washington Nationals for Friday’s game against the San Diego Padres.
Jake Noll was sent back to Triple-A Fresno on Thursday to open a 25-man roster spot, as Kieboom is not on the 40-man roster.
Here are five things to know about Kieboom:
- He had an absolutely sizzling spring training.
In early March, Kieboom ripped two home runs off fastballs from Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander in their spring training match-up. In the bottom of the second, Kieboom homered to left center from a high fastball. In the fourth, he crushed another fastball to left-center field… on his first pitch.
- Yes, you have heard the name before.
Spencer Kieboom, Carter’s brother, is a catcher for the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A farm team for the Nationals. He was drafted by the Nats in the 5th round of the 2012 MLB June Amatuer Draft and sent to the Auburn Doubledays, the Nats’ Single-A farm team. Spencer was brought up to play for the Nationals during the 2018 season, but he started with the Senators this past March.
- Kieboom was ACC bound.
He committed to play shortstop at Clemson University, but he was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 28th selection in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
- Second base isn't his natural position.
Kieboom began learning second base to hopefully take over for Brian Dozier in 2020, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.
- Kieboom crushed it in the minors.
With the Fresno Grizzlies this season, Kieboom has had 25 hits, 14 runs, three home runs and 18 RBIs. His batting average this season is .379, on base percentage is .506 and slugging percentage is .636.
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