Third base is a huge question mark for the Washington Nationals entering the 2020 season. After losing NL MVP candidate Anthony Rendon in free agency, there was no natural, everyday replacement in the depth chart.
The Nationals and their fans alike are hoping that their top prospect, Carter Kieboom, is at least the answer to fill those shoes.
And manager Davey Martinez is giving the reigns, for the time being, to the 22-year-old.
"As of right now, it's his job to lose," Davey Martinez told the Sports Junkies on Tuesday morning.
"Carter Kieboom comes into spring training having the third base job. He's gotta earn it but it's his job."
Just a month ago, Martinez said that Kieboom had the opportunity to fill in the void at the position. Now, his stance is that Kieboom is the team's future at third base.
Transitioning to third at the major league level will be a challenge for the rookie. He's been primarily a middle infielder throughout his minor league career. There's no lack of confidence though from Kieboom, he believes he's prepared for the job.
"It's just a matter of just getting him out there and getting his reps. With that being said, somewhere along the line whether it's breaking camp or, Carter Kieboom will be our third baseman," Martinez said.
The team is relying on Kieboom being a focal point of the left side of the infield this season. They re-signed Asdrúbal Cabrera, but there shouldn't be an expectation that the 34-year-old veteran to make the lineup card every day.
Angles and his footwork are what Martinez is focused on most when evaluating Kieboom. That and throwing across the diamond consistently will be determining factors on if he makes the Opening Day roster.
"Every day he's getting a lot better. He's getting the fluidity that we're looking for."
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